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Elias AbuGhazaleh | 21 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are facing a common growing pain. Lot and lots of data. The amount of data they are storing is increasing enormously, and it’s becoming more and more challenging to keep up with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and compliance requirements. And yet now they are finding out that they should be backing up all their information in order to avoid outages in the event of a disaster.

The past several years have provided plenty of evidence of the need for disaster preparedness. And making backup more complicated is the issue of virtualization, which, according to a recent Symantec survey, is being utilized by 34 percent of SMBs today. Not only do SMBs have to back up their data on physical hardware platforms they have been using for years, now they have to add a virtual environment to the list of things to back up.

Many vendors are happy to provide a solution that handles virtual environments, but they often require a...

chalcon | 15 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

This post was written by Mayank Sharma, Network Systems Engineer at Child Advocates and a Symantec Customer

A very important consideration for any SMB is an effective data protection solution for smooth running of operations. We’re generating more data in every aspect of life, be it for personal or professional reasons. As SMBs become more connected with technology and employees bring their personal devices to work, there’s a greater need to backup more data and invest in effective data protection software.

But, the biggest challenge SMBs face is the cost-benefit ratio and return on investment. A disaster and recovery solution requires capital expenditure, and, many times, SMBs don’t always have dollars available.

Child Advocates is one such organization. Based in Houston, Texas, we have all the...

chalcon | 29 Feb 2012 | 1 comment

Last week, two of our Symantec SMB backup experts, Monica Girolami and Amit Walia, joined forces with small business expert Anita Campbell, Editor in Chief of Small Business Trends, for a Twitter chat to educate small business owners on the topic of data backup and recovery.  We know that data backup and recovery can be confusing and complex, so we wanted to give the SMB community a chance to share and discuss best practices for backing up data. 

With more than 175 participants and nearly 1,000 tweets, the hour-long #SMBchat featured lively discussion from a community of passionate SMB professionals.  Here are some of the sample questions tweeted by Anita and the resulting responses, as well as some additional comments and insights:

What types of backup solutions are available today?

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chalcon | 21 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Data backup and recovery can be confusing and complex, especially for SMBs with limited IT staff. Join Symantec’s SMB data protection experts and small business expert Anita Campbell this Thursday, February 23rd starting at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat to cut through the technical jargon and demystify backup for SMBs.   

The fact is most SMB owners know they should be protecting their data, yet more than half don’t have disaster preparedness plans. So, what’s stopping you from backing up your data? For many SMBs, it’s just too complicated. There are a growing number of backup and recovery solutions available to SMBs today, but what works for some businesses may not for others.  Our SMB experts will cover several topics to help SMBs better understand data protection including:

  • Reasons SMBs aren’t backing up their data
  • The types of backup solutions available today
  • The differences...
chalcon | 13 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

This post was written by Brandon M. Mosak, Network Manager at Task Force Tips, Inc. and Symantec Customer

As a network manager for an SMB (and an ardent moonlighter), I’ve had the unique opportunity to see systems of various shapes and sizes serving a, seemingly, infinite gamut of needs.  Over the years there have been many issues which have come to my attention in the Disaster Recovery (DR) space that, given proper amount of forethought, could have been avoided.  As a general observation, most solutions which I’ve had the pleasure of correcting after the fact would have been a non-issue had the proper procedures for complete and consistent backups been applied from the get-go.   As a small business, your data is your direct connection to your customers, your product, and, in turn, your bottom line. Your data is,...

Monica Girolami | 03 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

It’s unfortunate that the expression “up a creek without a paddle” accurately describes many small and midsize businesses these days when it comes to disaster preparedness. The fact is 50 percent of SMBs don’t have disaster recovery plans in place. Rather than implement automated backup and DR solutions, many simply cross their fingers and hope for the best. And, the reason these companies leave their data protection to chance is pretty simply explained – backup has become too complicated.

What if we could eliminate backup complexity? What if we could create a backup solution that’s so easy any business could implement it? So simple that no one would ever be caught churning in the whirlpools of data disaster without a paddle ever again?

That’s exactly what Symantec has done today. Symantec is releasing...