3 Common VM Backup Mistakes to Avoid

3 Common VM Backup Mistakes to Avoid

Virtualization is now a common practice in business settings. Both small to midsize businesses are increasingly using virtualization for reasons well documented.

But even though the deployment has been adopted into the mainstream, it cannot be denied that many aspects of virtualization technology are still poorly understood. Among these, creating backups of one’s virtual environments, ranks high on the list. Continue reading

4 SEO Best Practices that MSPs Should Adopt

4 SEO Best Practices that MSPs Should Adopt

With all the things you have to do as an MSP during the course of a day, it can be easy to overlook your business website.

However, this could mean losing potential business. Your website is your primary lead generation and conversion platform. Ignoring it can lead to potential leaks in your lead capturing system.

And while most of your website’s management—that support your lead generation—remain admittedly static, there are some that keeps changing. Continue reading

4 Data Backup Mistakes You Need to Avoid

ahsay-article-3-1From mobile devices to computers, the world we are living in is full of massive amounts of data. Never in the history of mankind, have information storage and security been so important.

For businesses in today’s landscape, the cost of lost data can be massive. According a research by Graziadio Business Review, companies that suffer from computer outage of more than 10 days are out of business within 5 years.

As a managed service provider (MSP), you need to ensure that your client’s servers are safe with robust data backup mechanisms.

We at Ahsay have outlined some common data backup mistakes to avoid. Read on:

1. Backing Up Manually

You might think that manually backing up data is the right choice. However, when compared with automatic backup, it is not as efficient. Not only are you causing yourself unnecessary trouble, you are also taking a risk with your client’s data.

One the other hand, a professional backup software has a feature that allows you to regularly schedule backups. This ensures that the backups are frequent and efficient.

2. Not Employing the Right Tools

Different types of data require different backup strategies and tools. For instance, in virtualized environments, you need to employ tools that have built-in cloning capabilities. This might take up a lot of space and would not be a good approach if your virtual machines change often.

This is the reason you need to understand data better and then choose suitable tools for it.

3. Depending on Just a Single Backup

This is the ultimate cardinal sin when it comes to data backup. With so many threats in the digital world, such as hackers, malware, etc., you as an MSP should not rely on a single backup.

Make sure you have, at least, two data backup mechanisms in place. This will give your clients peace of mind – an assurance that their data is in safe hands.

4. Not Having a Backup History

Accidental data loss is quite common. What’s more, finding that a few files had been deleted after the backup update is made can be very frustrating.

This is why keeping backup history is so important. Many professional software allow you to keep the deleted or changed data for a certain period of time. Make sure you utilize this feature when handling your client’s data.

We at Ahsay provide a whitelabel backup solution for MSPs. With incredible features, such as disaster recovery and server-side replication, our managed backup software allows MSPs to provide robust data backup to their clients.

What hardware AhsayOBS should be installed on

For those who are new to our solution, you may be wondering what hardware Ahsay Offsite Backup Server (AhsayOBS) should be installed on. Actually, the hardware specification is published in the Best Practice section of the AhsayOBS Administrator Guide that can be found here.

According to the guide, it said AhsayOBS (version 6) should be installed on a machine supporting 64 bit multiple CPU and multiple cores. A 64 bit Operating System will allow AhsayOBS to run on a 64 bit Java JRE platform, as 64 bit Java is capable of supporting larger Java heap size settings. This type of configuration will provide sufficient capacity for future business expansion, to meet the needs of exisiting customers, and to support new AhsayOBS server features.

A more powerful machine will also reduce the need for frequent hardware upgrades, which will require service down time for data migration. It is a good idea to ensure your AhsayOBS server is equipped with some redundancy features, i.e power supply, network card, and is connect it to a UPS (Uninterupterable Power Supply).