I am very excited to introduce the newest extension of the Axcient platform – Cloud Continuity. The Axcient team has been working tirelessly on this project in stealth for over a year and now we’re bringing it to the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market to end downtime for good.
Business downtime is a real issue and causes SMBs billions of dollars a year. Many of our own customers have suffered from fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and thefts. While backup helps ensure that data is recoverable, it leaves a glaring gap in today’s always-on world – the time between the event that causes downtime and the time it takes to get a business’ systems, applications, and data up and running. Axcient first solved this problem with our local failover capability, which enables a business to run its servers on the Axcient local appliance in the event of server failure. But, this didn’t provide a solution for the more widespread business outages mentioned above; if the Axcient local appliance was also unavailable, the business would be down for days or even weeks. Now, with Axcient Cloud Continuity, customers are able to get their business systems back up and running, even in the worst-case scenarios where all business servers and the Axcient onsite appliance are lost. Continue reading “Axcient Cloud Continuity Makes Downtime for SMBs a Thing of the Past” »
Most small and medium-sized businesses have some type of backup system in place. Anyone who has extensively worked on a network realizes that it’s not a matter of if a server will fail but when. However, backup alone cannot address the problem of the lost work productivity a business faces during the period of time it takes to get data loaded onto a new server. What allows you to maintain your uptime during server failure is a business continuity solution.
Customers today expect shorter turnarounds and they don’t want to hear the excuse that your server is down. PricewaterhouseCooper researched the effect of downtime and data loss on SMBs and found that approximately 70 percent of small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. Author Bruce T. Blithe says that 75 percent of companies without business continuity plans fail within three years of a disaster. Continue reading “How Much Downtime Can Your SMB Afford?” »
After recent events around the world, disaster recovery and business continuity are once again front-page news. These are not merely concepts employed only by Fortune 500 corporations. These are precautions that are necessary for all businesses, regardless of size. The difference is in the implementation.
“There isn’t so much here that we couldn’t recreate it.”
Does this sound familiar? Have you caught yourself thinking these thoughts in the back of your mind when debating the various ways you could and should protect your business. All of us subconsciously believe that nothing bad could ever happen to us – it only happens to other people. It’s part of human nature. If only this were true. Disasters happen to people and the reality is, no one every thinks “Oh, that disaster, it’s going to happen to me so I’m going to make sure I’m prepared”. Continue reading “Disasters Only Happen to Other People” »
Cloud computing provides centralized and elastic computer resources available on demand without capital investment. You can also think of it like a utility – electricity, gas, telephone or cable TV.
Utilities are there when you need them, but most people don’t necessarily understand how utilities work from a technical perspective. Moreover, they don’t need to understand. For example, you don’t have to know how the electricity gets to your house in order to turn the lights on. The same is true with cloud computing resources. You don’t have to know how the cloud works in order to use the cloud to back up your laptop, your server or an entire network. Continue reading “Backup in the Cloud – the Right Choice for SMBs” »
I’m proud to announce the launch of the Axcient blog. In the coming months we’ll be sharing our thoughts on industry news, technology trends, product updates, strategies for growing your business, managed services tips, sales and marketing tactics and much more. You’ll see posts from a variety of key executives and contributors at Axcient offering you their perspectives on various topics and sharing the lessons they’ve learned over the years.
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