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  • Backup 101: Basic Tools for Protecting your Data

    When getting ready to backup your data, there are many things you have to take into consideration. It’s critical to know how many devices you need to backup, what kind of data is on them, and how long you can afford to wait until you can have your data back, among other things. The fact is that accidents and disasters happen, so it’s important to know exactly where and how your files are being backed up so you can easily recover your precious files when something goes wrong.

    Let’s take a look at some basic steps to start backing up your data effectively:

    USB Flash Drive Backup

    This is the first way that many people begin to backup their data, and although they should be commended for getting those critical files off their computer and into a separate device, there are a few disadvantages of USB Flash Drives that users need to be aware of.

    First though, the advantages. Flash drives can be used without any specialized software. So plug it in, drag and drop, eject, unplug and put it in your pocket. They are also compatible with most backup softwares as they are recognized as an external hard drive. The main advantage though, is portability. Work on a document, save it, back it up to the drive, and take it with you so you can pick up working on the most recent version of your files right where you left off.

    While portability is a huge plus, it also leaves too much room for error. Specifically, losing the drive or having it stolen especially considering the small size of the device. More drawbacks of using USB flash drives for backups is the fact that high quality drives are more expensive per unit of storage than most other backup methods, and they simply do not last forever. Moreover, they tend to die suddenly without much warning, leaving you with no way to recover the files it contains.

    External Hard Drive Backup

    Some main advantages of backing up data to an external hard drive are the relatively low cost, along with the ease and convenience of setup (plug in and go). They offer remarkable storage capacity and you can store data from multiple computers on a single drive, and these files are all ready to be restored quickly in case something goes wrong.

    However, just like flash drives, there are some drawbacks too. For example, what happens if there’s a flood or a fire? External hard drives are often much heavier and bulkier than flash drives, so chances are it rests next to or near whatever computer it’s backing up. So if a fire sweeps through the office, it’s going destroy the computer and the backup drive along with it. And if a thief breaks in looking to steal some valuables, they’re most likely going to take the hard drive with them.

    Also, these drives are just as prone to failures as the ones inside your computer, so even though it may sound like overkill, make sure to always have a backup of your backup plan.

    Cloud Backup

    This is how you take your data storage to the next level. By using an online backup solution, you can have peace of mind knowing that your data is stored in a completely separate location. So if disaster strikes and wipes out your machines, you still have access to those critical files once they are restored. With IDrive, you can protect all of your devices including desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets, into a single, affordable account.

    Cloud backups with IDrive run automatically through your internet once they are scheduled, minimizing the workload for you. This minimizes the risks involved in trying to remember to do manual backups every time you edit a file.

    For the most robust data backup solution, we recommend backing up your data in two places: to an external hard drive for quick access to files in case a restore is needed, and to the cloud for ultimate data protection in case an accident, disaster, or theft leaves you without your files.

  • Disk Image vs File-level Backup: What’s the Difference?

    Understanding the different terminologies and abbreviations used when it comes to backup can sometimes make your head spin. But your data is too important to not at least have an idea of what some of these terms mean so you can select the best solution for your needs. Two concepts that come up regularly with current and prospective IDrive customers are File-level Backup and Disk Image Backup. So let’s dig a little deeper and find out what the difference is between the two terms.

    File-level Backup

    This is the most common type of backup out there, largely because it’s a simpler concept to grasp. File-level backups allow users to select which files and folders they want protected and schedule them to backup periodically. Typically, only files modified after the initial backup will be backed up automatically, which accelerates the process because it’s only making incremental changes. Overall, the total backup is much smaller in size, needs less capacity, and costs less than a Disk Image solution.

    File-level backup is a great way to ensure your data is protected, however should a disaster occur, the data restoration process can take a longer time to complete than anticipated. First, you must start from scratch to restore your system to working order. This means installing the operating system, software applications, and the software used to backup your files. Then you can start restoring your files, but only the files you selected for your backup set will be recoverable. Everything else is lost. As mentioned before, this is a great way to make sure critical files are protected. But data restores over the internet can sometimes take time, which is why IDrive offers IDrive Express, a free physical storage shipment for speedier backups and restores.

    Disk Image Backup

    This is a more complete and well-rounded backup solution for businesses. Often referred to as a Bare Metal Backup/Restore (BMR), a true disk image is an exact copy of the entire physical disk or disk partition. The data is then stored locally on an appliance for quicker restores, as well as in the cloud for maximum protection.

    This is especially useful for businesses who may have a need to one day quickly recover their entire system, as their entire data set is preserved. Disk image backups allow for a move to new hardware and a faster restore of all information, reducing downtime and saving money. This is most effective in the event of a total disaster such as theft, destruction of property, hard drive failure, etc., allowing you to restore the exact system state, including OS and application settings, to an entirely new device.

    Instead of spending time managing intricate computer backups, disk imaging allows you to quickly and easily make a perfect copy of your computer’s hard drive. However, it is important to take the time to find the best hard drive imaging software to meet your needs. With IDrive BMR, you can utilize the following features to conveniently backup/restore your entire system:

    • Advanced block-level de-duplication and compression for maximized storage capabilities
    • Backup of multiple partitions or whole hard drives, creating recovery points for your entire system
    • Bare-metal restore uses snapshot based image restore for point-in-time recovery
    • Machines are auto-detected by the server once the agent is installed, with no other configuration necessary on the client side
    • Monitoring of backup status and activities remotely through a centralized web console
    • Restoring data from the server to your machine using nothing more than a pre-configured boot CD or USB drive
    • Allows users to restore backed up data to multiple computers simultaneously
  • Interop Las Vegas is this week! IDrive will be there!

    Interop Las Vegas 2017 is finally upon us, and IDrive will be there showcasing our latest cloud backup solutions! From May 15-19 at the MGM Grand, IT professionals from around the globe will be in attendance in search of the best storage, network, and security solutions for their business needs.

    Here is our 2017 Interop Lineup:

    IDrive Enterprise – IDrive Enterprise enables large enterprises to securely backup their servers, making their data accessible across a network of computers, smartphones and tablets. IDrive eases enterprise-level backup from beginning to endpoint.

    IDrive Vault (BMR) – Store entire data of hard disks including the operating system (OS) and application configurations in an onsite server and retrieve them in case of catastrophic failure. In addition to local backup, IDrive offers cloud replication which allows you to transfer backups stored on your server to your cloud account for a better disaster recovery plan. Also, maintain a ready-to-use, bare metal restore (BMR) capability with each image-based backup.

    IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) – Today, most businesses need to keep their data on-premises. For this, they require scalable, high-performance onsite data protection and management for computers, without increasing IT workload. This is where IDrive can assist businesses in keeping their data protected via IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) deployed on-premises or on AWS.

    Feel free to stop by our booth to discuss IDrive’s latest innovations or just to say hello! We’ll be there from May 16-18  at booth # 103.

  • IDrive Releases Backup app for Asustor NAS Devices

    One of our main goals at IDrive Online Backup is to make sure that our customers can protect data on ALL of their devices. This is especially essential for businesses with multiple desktops, laptops and servers. With the release of the new IDrive app for Asustor NAS Devices, IDrive continues to be one of the most business friendly online backup solutions available.

    The IDrive Asustor backup app provides a comprehensive, version-based off-site disaster recovery option, and offers businesses an affordable and reliable backup solution for Asustor NAS devices.

    IDrive has a separate Asustor app that can be installed on NAS devices for safeguarding user data, with features including:

    • Interactive backup and restore of data present in Asustor NAS devices
    • Schedule automatic backup and restore, as per convenience
    • Perform manual transfers and restores
    • Receive email notifications upon completion of scheduled backups
    • Track account activity via logs

    Backing up an Asustor NAS device to the IDrive cloud protects your business data in an affordable, secure, and simple fashion. The IDrive Asustor app is available now free of charge.

  • It’s National Small Business Week! Is your business data protected?

    Every year since 1963, the US Small Business Administration recognizes and honors the critical contributions made by the country’s hardworking entrepreneurs and small business owners. Over half of Americans either own or work for a small business, accounting for 2 out of 3 new jobs every year. So it’s important that we continue to support SMBs as they remain the backbone of America’s economy.

    National Small Business Week is also a good time to ensure your business is safe from various cyber threats. One major threat to your businesses is data loss. Whether it’s natural disasters, spilled coffee, theft, or a crashed hard drive, there are numerous threats to your business data that can have catastrophic consequences if proper steps aren’t taken to protect it. Combining the costs to recover with the money lost during downtime, it’s no wonder that 60% of businesses go belly up within 6 months after a data breach.

    This doesn’t have to be the case as there is a way to affordably and quickly recover from data loss, and that’s by backing up critical business data with IDrive Online Backup.

    With IDrive Business plan, you can:

    • Backup all your devices including desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and servers into a single account
    • Remotely manage your backups via a secure web console from anywhere
    • Create multiple sub-accounts using your storage space and monitor backups from a single administrator console

    Take advantage of IDrive Vault (Bare-Metal Recovery with File level restore) to backup data locally for quicker restores, along with cloud replication for increased protection. Also maintain a ready to use BMR capability with each image-based backup.

    Stay compliant with legal and federal regulations within the medical, accounting, financial and legal professions with assistance from IDrive.

    Data loss happens all the time to small businesses and it can be devastating. Check out IDrive today to ensure you can recover from the worst data disasters, and give yourself peace of mind that your business is protected in the face of all threats.

  • We Appreciate the Feedback!

    We love to see our customers happy. It makes us happy. Whether you recovered from a computer disaster and saved your critical data, or you’re just relaxed knowing your data is protected in the face of all threats, we love to hear stories from loyal IDrive users. Here’s a few that really put us on cloud nine (get it?)!

    That sense of relief is what we strive for here at IDrive. That and saving money. We want you to be relaxed knowing your photos, videos, critical documents and more are safely protected in the cloud without having to splash the cash.

    Always great to hear from folks who have recovered their lost data with IDrive! Remember to check out the IDrive Express service to save time on your larger backups and restores.

    Great to hear, but don’t wait until your PC starts acting up to make sure it’s protected. Disasters happen in the blink of an eye, so it’s important to take preemptive precautions to protect your critical data. And remember to backup the rest of your devices as well. We won’t charge an extra fee like our competitors.

    Thanks to Naomi for pointing out one of our most popular features! With IDrive, users can backup and access data from all their devices including desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets – at no additional cost. Hard drives crash and mobile devices can break or be stolen. So it’s important to have a solution that can protect all of your devices without breaking the bank, just like Naomi found out.

    Thanks for using IDrive!

  • Onsite Image Backup with IDrive Vault (Bare Metal Recovery with File-level Restore)

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    Disasters can strike in the blink of an eye, and for businesses this could mean big trouble. From natural disasters, to intentional cyber threats, or even simple accidents by employees, data loss happens all too often and can be crippling to small businesses. Combining the costs associated with recovering the data with the money lost during downtime, a data disaster could end up closing the business for good. So it’s important to invest in a reliable backup solution.

    IDrive recently launched the IDrive Vault (BMR with File-level Restore) solution for businesses who want  to keep an onsite copy of their entire hard drive, including the operating system along with the system state and application settings. The backup data is saved in the form of an image, meaning that you can maintain a ready-to-use bare metal restore capability with each file-based backup.

    Vault (BMR) allows users to backup and recover their entire system after a disaster, with features including:

    • Advanced block-level de-duplication and compression for maximized storage capabilities
    • Backup multiple partitions or whole hard drives, creating recovery points for your entire system
    • Bare-metal restore uses snapshot based image restore for point-in-time recovery
    • Machines are auto-detected by the server once the agent is installed, with no other configuration necessary on the client side
    • Monitor backup status and activities remotely through a centralized web console
    • Restore data from the server to your machine using nothing more than a pre-configured boot CD or USB drive
    • Allows users to restore backed up data to multiple computers simultaneously

    Orders are coming in fast and steady for IDrive Vault (BMR)! Get yours today and rest easy knowing you can avoid business-threatening downtime with a comprehensive onsite backup solution. IDrive Vault (BMR) starts at 6TB, and comes with 6 TB of cloud backup included.

  • It’s World Backup Day! Is your Data being Protected?

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    Did you know that 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month? Or that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute? As per the World Backup Day website, losing your files is way more common than you might think. So why is it that a whopping 30% of the affected people have never backed up anything? What those people don’t seem to realize is that one small accident or disaster can end up costing them all the precious data that’s important to them, and this could all be avoided with a reliable online backup solution.

    Don’t Wait for Disaster to Strike to Protect your Data

    The purpose of World Backup Day is to encourage people to think about this question: What if you lost everything? From important documents, precious memories like photos or videos, critical business info, contacts, emails and much more, everything is stored digitally. The loss or destruction of a device could end up costing you much more than just financially.

    You might think that data disasters could never happen to you since you’re so careful and experienced with your devices, but the harsh reality is that 29% of data disasters are caused purely by accident. Whether it’s going swimming with your phone in your pocket or spilling some coffee on your computer, accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and most of the time that’s all it takes to wipe out your data. Not to mention natural disasters and deliberate threats such as computer viruses or ransomware, there are numerous ways your data can be compromised that are entirely out of your hands.

    How can IDrive Online Backup help?

    There are plenty of ways you can backup your data such as, to external drives or tapes. But the most secure, convenient, and affordable way is an online backup solution like IDrive.

    Using external drives works for some, however it is not usually the most effective method to protect against all disasters seeing as the hard drive is housed in the same location as the data. If a fire wipes out your office building, it is taking your backup drive with it, leaving you with nothing but ashes and regret that you didn’t try IDrive sooner. Another benefit of online backup is that you don’t have to manually push the data to your hard drive, as you can schedule backups and have them run automatically as long as your computer has an active internet connection.

    Sign up today to get started!

  • Introducing RemotePC Team Plan for Businesses

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    Remote access for businesses increases productivity by enabling employees to get work done even when they are out of the office. Collaborating, training, troubleshooting, and more can all be done from a separate location, ultimately saving money on travel costs and office space. Another benefit is employees can have constant, up-to-date access to their company’s products, services, and inventory, improving efficiency and leading to increased revenue.

    The new Team Plan by RemotePC is the perfect plan for business remote access. Users can now sign up as an admin, which will provide them with plenty of features to help manage and organize their network of remote computers. With this plan, admins can now do the following, all within their browser:

    • Using the Dashboard, organize users into teams, manage remote access rights for connected computers, and view session/activity logs.
    • Create teams for easy user management and to manage their remote access rights.
    • Add an unlimited number of users by inviting them to create an account within the main account.
    • Take advantage of easy set-up, with the user-friendly interface ensuring no additional training for users.

    RemotePC is already a highly business friendly service, including features that help users to stay connected to their faraway computers remotely such as:

    • Always-on Remote Access — configure your business computers for remote access so that users can take complete control of remote computers of the internet anytime.
    • One-time Instant Access — enable associates to access a remote computer one-time by sharing a unique access ID and key
    • Web Viewer — a web-based interface to access remote computers from your web browser, without any software requirements.
    • Mobile Access — with mobile apps for iOS and Android, connecting to your computers when on the go is just a click away.

    RemotePC Team plan starts at $249.75 (reg. $499.50) for the first year for access to 100 computers. If access to more computers are needed, it is available upon request. Sign up today!

  • Backup your Office 365 Data with IDrive Online Backup

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    Office 365 is widely utilized as a way of ensuring people can access full versions of Microsoft Office applications from multiple devices, along with having the ability to share and edit documents from anywhere. As a share and sync service this is great, however it’s hugely important to not make the mistake of thinking that your data is completely protected from all cyber threats.

    We’re happy to introduce our new cloud to cloud backup feature for Office 365 data stored within OneDrive. Microsoft already provides file sync and share services for Office 365 through OneDrive, which ultimately ensures that user data can’t be lost, however this still does not protect your critical files from user errors or malicious behavior such as ransomware. This is where IDrive comes in.

    With the addition of this new feature, IDrive now has the capability of performing backups from multiple Office 365 accounts all into a single IDrive account, protecting users from data loss scenarios that are not covered by Microsoft.  For example, if an Office 365 file is corrupted, it will be corrupted across all synced user devices, making that file unrecoverable. With IDrive, previous versions of files are retained so users can easily restore and pick up where they left off.

    Here’s more on how IDrive can help you protect your Office 365 data:

    • Backup via the web — backup data from multiple Office 365 accounts all into a single IDrive account, protecting you against data loss scenarios that are not covered by Microsoft.
    • Incremental Backups — IDrive does incremental backups, meaning that after the initial backup is completed, subsequent Office 365 backups will only include the data that has been changed or modified since the last backup. IDrive personal plans allow you to retain up to 10 versions of files for recovery.
    • Security — All user data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption during transfer and storage with an optional private key, not stored anywhere on IDrive’s servers.
    • Restore via the web — View the Office 365 accounts that were backed up and restore data directly to your OneDrive account or download the data instantly to their computer.
    • Compliance — Office 365 backup via IDrive adheres to most data security and compliance requirements, as data is encrypted on storage.

     

    Sign up today to protect your Office 365 data!