Amazon Echo Competition Announcement

Amazon Echo Winner

 

We are excited to announce the winner of our competition to win an Amazon Echo. All visitors to the Sleepless stand at the NCS Dublin 2017 event were in with the chance to win the prize, but unfortunately only one person did! We had a great time at the NCS event, talking to hundreds of people about data security and business continuity and we look forward to visiting the event next year too.

Until then, though, we are pleased to announce that the winner is Declan Friel from H&J Martin Asset Management Services.

Well done Declan – your Amazon Echo is on its way to you!

Keep up to date with our upcoming conference visits through our website and you can be in with a chance to win next time!

Veeam Free Cloud Promotion

Veeam Prom

We are very excited to announce that we are taking part in Veeam’s Free Cloud Connect Services program. Read on to learn more about the ins and outs of the program and how you can claim your free cloud services.

What is the Veeam Free Cloud Connect Services Program?

Sleepless are partnering with Veeam to provide €750 of free cloud services to all eligible Veeam customers. This means that customers can try out Veeam’s Cloud Connect services for an extended period of time, at no cost to themselves.

Who’s eligible?

All Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Backup Essentials customers with active Veeam  maintenance contracts. If you’re unsure of your eligibility, please call us on 091 511 444.

What are the benefits of backing up to the cloud?

Sleepless cloud backup is much more secure than onsite backup as your data is located away from your business in a secure datacentre in Ireland. This means that your data is safe from office accidents, degradation and doesn’t require consumer-side maintenance.

Backing up to the cloud allows businesses to more easily adhere to the ‘3-2-1’ rule of backup. The rule goes that you should have 3 copies of your data, on 2 types of media with 1 located off-site. Veeam have created a useful graphic for this:

3-2-1

The 3-2-1 rule ensures that your data is safe even when disaster strikes, and Veeam Cloud Connect makes it even easier to secure your data offsite.

 

For more information on the cloud backup services Sleepless provides, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Veeam Cloud Connect Services Program, please contact Sleepless using the button below.

 

Is Tape Backup Dead?

Tape Backup Storage

Readers not accustomed to the world of backup may be surprised to hear that tape backup is still extremely prevalent, despite the decline of consumer tape-based devices over a decade ago. This article will discuss the uses of tape backup technology, and the alternatives to tape available today.

Why do some businesses still use tape?

Modern businesses can often be found utilizing tape as a backup solution today simply because they always have, and they have already invested in the technology to do so. Tape does have its advantages for businesses who need to backup a very large amount of data and need to store it for very long periods of time, but for most businesses these capabilities are unnecessary and are outweighed by the downsides of tape.

What are the downsides of tape backup?

Tape drives can be very expensive and tapes themselves can be troublesome to store safely. Many businesses store their tape backups on-site or personally take them home after a backup. This can be disastrous in the event of a break in or accident as days or weeks of work could be lost, depending on the frequency of backups. The safest tape storage technique involves off-site safes or secure storage facilities, which can get expensive.

The way in which tape backup works means that it isn’t immediately obvious if a backup is corrupted, as tapes must be checked sequentially to detect corruption. When tapes are found to be corrupted, it is often exactly at the moment you need them. The sequential nature of tape backup is a problem even when tapes aren’t corrupted, as they must be scrolled through to find the desired data when the time comes to restore files. This can be an extremely long and tedious process, especially if there is a large amount of data to scroll through across multiple tapes.

What are the alternatives?

Modern consumers often use desktop external hard disk drives for backup, which is a cheap and work-light way to back up data but can run into problems in the case of drive failure, theft or fire. Many consumers tend to start off using these drives for backup but gradually start using the drives as external storage, leaving their data solely on the external drive. This can be disastrous when the drive eventually fails (usually after about 4 or 5 years, according to this article).

Businesses do not have the luxury of relying on small scale on-site backup as they must regularly back up their data securely, monthly, weekly and in some cases daily or on the hour. This can amount to a large amount of data – far too much for a small desktop HDD. For businesses there is really only one safe backup method: the cloud.

Cloud based backup is becoming the standard among safety-conscious businesses as it is automatic, off-site and fast. Software can be set to backup all company files daily and backup all incremental changes almost as they happen. This can mean that in the event of a disaster data can be restored very quickly, meaning no productivity is lost. Just a few clicks and your business can be back up and running, with all data restored. The speed and reliability of cloud backup is unrivaled and comes at a low cost compared to the price of data loss.

 

For more information on the cloud backup services Sleepless provides, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding cloud backup, please feel free to contact Sleepless using the button below.