Cloud Backup For Higher Education

Backup for Salesforce and Office 365 Solution Gives IBA Conviction in the Cloud

Sean Bates the former ICT Manager, Australian Institute of Business (AIB), understood that securing data on cloud, for the higher education organisation he worked for was paramount.

Using powerful business solutions like Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce.com can pose significant data protection challenges for an organization.  While Microsoft provides every precaution possible to safeguard their clients business data, it’s indeed very difficult for Microsoft to administer and supervise occurrences on the customer side, like accidental & malicious deletion.  The enormous risks in data loss on  cloud applications are tremendous, but can be minimized greatly with cloud to cloud backup.

AIB ICT manager recognized the possible issues & problems and adopted backup as an imperative organisation task, so that all relevant data records, intellectual property, sales information, research, and general communication would remain safe & secure, (and available to restore from any point-in-time).

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to learn why this upstanding higher educational institution chose CloudAlly for its cloud to cloud backup & restore needs.  Read about the reasons CloudAlly was chosen to provide this backup, its excellent customer support, and learn how and why the experts choose CloudAlly for backup on the cloud, to safeguard against data loss.

 

 

 

Office 365 add-Ons

Best Microsoft Office 365 Productivity Add-Ons

In a recent article featured in KitGuru online magazine, the latest Office 365 add-Ons were illustrated with CloudAlly Office 365 Backup Solution topping the chart.

The article titled: Extending 365: 7 Tools to Improve Your Microsoft Office Experience, explicitly pointed out CloudAlly backup as one of the best Office 365 tools.  CloudAlly is again recognized as a leading productivity tool by ‘techies’ who value the simple but yet safe cloud-to-cloud backup solution.

Office 365 Backup

Microsoft’s Office 365 is an incredibly powerful and comprehensive suite on its own, but with add-ons you can supercharge your Office 365 productivity, being able to restore your data from any point in time.

Try out CloudAlly backup solutions for: G Suite, Office 365, Box.com and others.

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MSPs – Boost Office 365 Migration to Cloud Revenue by Including Cloud Backup

Office 365 migration to cloud, for MSPs

In today’s high-tech marketplace there are more MSP businesses than ever, which means that it’s more difficult than ever before to stand out in the space and to increase your revenue. As such, it’s vitally important for MSPs to shift their business models to include data protection. By adding a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution to your: Office 365 migration to cloud plan, you can increase your revenue but 15% per job.

Let’s talk about why this is so important.

The Importance of Data Protection

“Data is not just an important part of business—many firms consider it to be their most critical asset,” revealed a 2015 CompTIA 2015 Outlook research report.

No matter if your main customers are multi-national corporations or small- and medium-sized businesses data is what makes the wheels turn. By offering data protection, you’ll see ripple effects that increase your revenue, grow your business, and improve your customer and supplier relationships. The reason why is because data protection safeguards your customers’ data everywhere it lives, meaning that, suddenly, you’re not just an MSP business, you’re a partner in helping your customers navigate and succeed in the digital age where data is on premise, in virtual environments, in the cloud, and within third-party SaaS applications.

Data Protection as an MSP Cornerstone

Did you know? 22% of IT decision makers say that they are or will be employing cloud as part of their backup process, according to Enterprise Strategy Group, 2015.

The truth is that you cannot be an effective MSP business offering Office 365 migration to cloud services without a way to protect your customer’s data. MSPs that don’t offer a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution only partly service their customers. That’s why it’s vital to make data protection—such as CloudAlly offers—an integral part of your business.

Backup and disaster recovery is a key component every MSP business. Without it, what are you managing? Imagine if your customer goes down and loses connection to their data during your Office 365 migration to cloud service. If you don’t have a data protection strategy in place, you’ll be fighting a batter with no solution to offer. The reality of the situation is that if you’re an MSP business, your customers are going to put you on the hook to recover their data if they suffer a loss. So, by having a cloud-to-cloud backup plan already in place, you ensure you’re for any eventuality.

The Benefits of Adding Data protection to Your MSP Business

Adding data protection to your MSP business isn’t just about making sure you can compete, there are a myriad of benefits that will directly impact your bottom line. Offering your customers a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution will end up playing a large role in your success, and here’s how.

1. Increased Customer Referrals

Your customers know the value of data to their business. They know that 47% of enterprises have lost data in the cloud and had to restore their information from backups and that those losses can cost thousands of dollars and hundreds of staff-hours if they’re unprepared. By offering data protection as part of your Office 365 migration to cloud bundle, you provide a new “entry point” for potential customers.

Customers in pain want to hire companies that offer a total solution to their issue. They don’t want to have to go to five different businesses to find what they want and need; they want a one-stop shop that fulfills all their needs. By delivering the highest level of service—including offering a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution—you’ll demonstrate your willingness to go “above and beyond” for every customer, which will increase the likelihood that you’ll be recommended to other businesses down the road.

2. Deeper Customer Relationships

You won’t receive additional customer referrals unless you first build a deeper relationship with your current customers. The essence of the MSP and customer relationship is service, and we’re not just talking about hardware and software services. The success of your MSP business is based on your customer service orientation. An exceptional customer service orientation means more frequent and better customer communication and more solutions to potential pain points.

By offering a cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution as part of your Office 365 migration to cloud service, you increase the confidence your customer has in what you offer. Think about it this way, what happens if your customer goes down and you can’t get them back up? In most cases, you’ve violated the trust your customer has placed in you, and they’ll cancel their contract and never give you another opportunity to work with them again. What’s worse is that that customer will probably share their bad experience with anyone who will listen.

That’s why data protection is so important. It’s a client data safeguard that protects both you and your customer from potentially dire consequences, and that customer service investment directly impacts your bottom line. When you build deeper relationships with your customers, you can charge higher rates, gain more business, and build your reputation.

3. Recurring Revenue

Already, many MSP businesses have developed recurring-revenue models, but that model is only possible if you have a service that someone is will to pay for month-over-month. Data protection is a linchpin for recurring-revenue models. Customers will be far more willing to pay you a fee every month if you give them the confidence to believe that their data and infrastructure will always be available.

And another benefit of the recurring-revenue model is that it means you can lower the price barrier to entry for your Office 365 migration to cloud customers. If you know you can charge a monthly fee for backup, recovery, and business continuity, then you can make it easier for your customers to acquire your service in the first place.

4. Less Work

The easiest way to be more profitable is to do less work. When you purchase CloudAlly’s backup and recovery solution, you don’t have to add any extra work to your own staff yet you increase your reliability and the confidence your customer has in your business.

CloudAlly allows you to manage all of your customers from a single account. This means that you can activate backups for all users with a single click, and even set auto-detect options for new users. And if you have to perform a restore, CloudAlly offers non-destructive restores from any point in time.

When you partner with CloudAlly, you gain the support of a vendor that understands and supports your need to resolve all of your customer issues clearly and quickly. Once your customers have signed up, you can sit back and relax and allow CloudAlly to worry about protecting all the necessary data.

Conclusion

Cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery is no longer just a “nice thing to have” when it comes to MSPs and the Office 365 migration to cloud service. It’s a necessary cornerstone of your business. If you lose your customer’s data, you’ll lose all their business forever, and they’ll tell their friends to avoid you as well.

Boost your profits, and protect your business and keep your customers happier by becoming a CloudAlly partner today.

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12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today

According to a recent study by Oxford Economics and SAP, 59 percent of respondents said they use the cloud to better manage and analyze data. 58 percent respondents predict their use of cloud technology will increase their revenue in three years, and 69% respondents plan to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years.

These statistics show how the cloud can create an impact on your business. However, to take real advantage of the cloud, you need to keep track of the latest updates and happenings in the industry. The best way to do that is by following cloud blogs or bloggers.

We have already covered the top cloud computing blogs you should read, so here we’ve listed down the top cloud bloggers you should look up, in no particular order.

So, let’s take a look.

Ben Kepes

Ben KepesTalking about the cloud without mentioning Ben is insane! Ben is a globally recognized, subject matter expert and is considered one of the most influential technology thinkers. You will find Ben’s posts on several popular publications such as ReadWriteWebThe GuardianGigaOM, and Forbes. Ben also blogs at Diversity, his own blog   and you can follow him on Twitter @BenKepes.

Randy Bias

Randy BiasRandy  is a cloud-computing pioneer, driving innovations in operations, infrastructure, IT, and 24/7 service  delivery since 1990. He is one of the industry’s most influential voices and an early supporter of the OpenStack  project. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at several popular events such as VMWorld and CloudExpo, and blogs at a large number of media outlets such as InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @randybias.

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett

Stephen is a Microsoft MVP, VMWare vExpert, and a long-time voice in the storage industry. He has authored  numerous articles for leading publications like TechTarget and has spoken at several industry conferences. He runs  Foskett services and organizes the popular, Tech Field Day event series. You can follow him on  Twitter @SFoskett and can read his blog at http://blog.fosketts.net/.

Dana Gardner

Dana GardnerDana Gardner is a veteran IT analyst and a thought leader on cloud, mobile, big data, social strategies, and  enterprise software. He has created several innovative business models since 1996 such as virtual online newsrooms to social media content production and distribution services. He has been covering the enterprise  infrastructure arena and emerging software development for 18 years. He is considered a leading identifier of cloud productivity trends, and blogs at ZdNet and several other renowned industry publications. You can follow him @Dana_Gardner and read his blog here.

Derrick Harris

Derrick HarrisDerrick is a renowned technology journalist and a former writer of GigaOM where he was covering cloud  computing and other emerging IT trends since 2009. He is currently associated with data center OS maker  Mesosphere. You can read his blog here and can follow him at @derrickharris.

 

Andi Mann

Andi MannAndi is a technology thought leader with expertise in mainframes, the cloud and mid-range desktop and server  systems. He has spoken at leading industry events such as VMWorld and Gartner ITExpo on many topics including  cloud computing, leadership, disruptive technology trends, and has been featured in leading publications such as  CIO, InformationWeek, and The New York Times. You can follow him on Twitter @AndiMann.

Louis Columbus

Louis ColumbusIf you want to see statistics on how the cloud or tech industry is moving, then Louis Columbus is the best person to  go to. His articles are always enriched with detailed statistical information that helps understand the industry  better. Louis has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in sales, marketing, and product  management. He has published 16 books on peripherals, integration technologies, and operating systems. You can follow him @LouisColumbus.

Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels Dr. Werner Vogels is the mastermind behind Amazon’s technology innovations. He is the CTO and VP at Amazon    in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Vogels is the only executive apart from Amazon’s legendary CEO and Founder Jeff  Bezos having the authority to speak publicly on behalf of Amazon.com. He is the author of many journal articles  and conferences, primarily focused on enterprise computing systems and distributed system technologies. You can follow him on Twitter @Werner and read his popular personal blog ‘All Things Distributed’ where he shares his insights on building scalable and robust, distributed systems.

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr Jeff Barr is the Chief Evangelist for the Amazon Web Services where his goal is to create awareness for the AWS.  He created the AWS blog, and has written more than 1600 posts since 2004. He also oversees the management of  the blog right from scheduling and writing, to promoting each published post. Barr is an adviser to the Cloud Computing Certificate Program offered by the University of Washington. You can follow him @jeffbarr and read his blog here.

Brandon Butler

Brandon Butler  Brandon Butler is the senior editor at IDG’s popular tech publication, Network World, where he covers all the    happenings in the cloud computing industry by monitoring the hottest new startups, focusing on the  advancements of major players in the industry, and tracking end user deployments. He is also the author of the  Cloud Chronicles blog. You can follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW

Lydia Leong

Lydia Leong Lydia Leong is a cloud computing expert and the VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, covering primarily  infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) along with platform-as-a-service (PaaS). She also follows hosting, content  delivery networks (CDNs), data centers, and other Internet infrastructure services. You can read here valuable insights on the cloud and data centers at her personal blog CloudPundit and follow her @cloudpundit.

David Linthicum

David Linthicum David Linthicum is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader. He has authored 13 books on  computing, and keynotes leading technology conferences on SOA, enterprise architecture, cloud computing, and  enterprise application integration. Linthicum was named a cloud pioneer by TechTarget and Information Week,  has been quoted in major technology and business publications, including Forbes and The Economist, made several radio and TV appearances as a computing expert and has written more than 3000 articles. He writes for several leading publications such as InfoWorld and GigaOM. You can follow him @DavidLinthicum.

So who is your favorite cloud blogger? Do you have any recommendations that you feel should be included in the list? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

Key Announcements Made at WPC 2015

Microsoft WPC

The much-awaited, Microsoft WPC – Conference held last week in Orlando, Florida saw more than 14,000 attendees and was an enormous success!

I am a bit bios of course, since CloudAlly attended, and exhibited for the 1st time!

We really loved meeting our partners, and making new connections. The sessions were super interesting and the parties were awesome!  Roll down to the end of this blog to check out some of CloudAlly WPC 2015 pics!

Microsoft made a couple of interesting product announcements and shared its plan to empower its partners. If you’ve missed the conference, we’ve compiled a list of all the significant announcements made there. Let’s take a look at them (and too bad we didn’t get to meet you!).

Product Announcements

Project GigJam

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project GigJam, which will help users to carry out business tasks and revolutionize business processes by breaking down the roadblocks between apps, devices, and people.

“GigJam is simple to use: you just summon the information you need, circle and cross to divvy up, and tap on people to involve them.” said Darryl Rubin, Vijay Mital, and the Ambient Computing Team in the official blog post.

They also said, “GigJam is designed for the emerging workforce that is more connected, more available and more social than ever before. With GigJam, a business can expect a dramatic transformation of every process where humans have the potential to exercise discretion and work with others, colleagues as well as customers.”

It doesn’t matter whether the users are available by phone, face-to-face or are busy at the moment – each user will get the tools and information they require, and their work will be easily synchronized.

Gigjam is not available for the public yet, but you can register for the upcoming preview at the website here.

Cortana Analytics Suite

When Cortana, an intelligent digital personal assistant, was launched last year, it created quite a buzz. At WPC, Microsoft announced the Cortana Analytics Suite that integrates with Cortana to help enterprises transform data into intelligent action.

Cortana Analytics Suite combines leading technology infrastructure, including capabilities such as big data storage and cloud-based processing, machine learning, perceptual intelligence, face and speech analysis, and vision, to accelerate the decision making process for enterprises. It will be available through a monthly subscription model later this fall.

“The offering, while customizable to fit the unique needs of organizations, will also provide preconfigured solutions to speed deployment of common scenarios we see across many industries, such as fraud detection, churn analysis, and recommendations. I encourage you to get started immediately with many of its individual services that are already available,” said Takeshi Numoto, CVP – Cloud & Enterprise, in the official blog post.

3D Microsoft HoloLens Demo

At Build 2015, Microsoft unveiled HoloLens, the world’s first fully untethered holographic computing device powered by Windows 10, and during the WPC 2015 keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcased some usage scenarios. Nadella demonstrated how the HoloLens would integrate with Autodesk’s Maya 3D animation software and the use of HoloLens at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Announcement for Microsoft Partners

Expansion of CSP Program

Microsoft announced the expansion of its Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program to new markets to enable partners to sell the company’s cloud solutions, including Windows Intune, CRM Online, Azure, and Enterprise Mobility suite (EMS) in new geographies.

New Office 365 E5 Offering

The company announced E5, a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite will be launched before the end of this year. E5 will come with new features such as Power BI and Delve Organizational Analytics, as well as Power BI Pro, new Skype for Business services such as Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast, and advanced security features such as Customer LockboxAdvanced Threat ProtectioneDiscovery, and Data Loss Protection (DLP).

Additionally, a new usage category will be added into the Partner’s MPN Online Services Dashboard, which will help Partners view their customers’ usage reports directly.

“The new usage dashboard will help Partners identify opportunities for helping their customers realize the full value of Office 365 by taking full advantage of all of the services delivered within the suite. This investment also aligns with changes in our competency and incentive models to drive active usage,” said John Case, CVP for Microsoft Office in the official blog post.

Changes in Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)

A couple of changes have been announced in MPN, which is a new app certification platform, that will help partners certify their applications for competency requirements, a new Microsoft Azure Certified Hybrid Cloud program, and new Azure incentives designed to drive active usage.

According to Microsoft, these changes will help service providers deliver Microsoft-certified hybrid solutions to make it easier for their customer’s to leverage the cloud on their own terms.

Elimination of Unique MCP Requirements/Sales Assessment

Microsoft has announced the removal of the sales assessment requirement to help partners cut down administration time and focus more on learning. The company will now allow businesses to use the same Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) towards meeting technical requirements in multiple abilities.

New Competencies for Windows 10 and EMS

New competencies for the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and Windows 10 will be launched soon to help partners meet the increasing customer demands for mobile and cloud solutions, as per Microsoft.

While the Windows and Device competency will give partners interested in building custom offers around Windows 10, access to key resources such as Windows Accelerate, dedicated learning path, and additional Windows 10 software for internal use, EMS is the final and latest addition to the cloud competencies announced last year at WPC.

ISV Enablement

Microsoft revealed that they are working on enabling the app builder and ISV partners to form their own IP on Microsoft solutions. According to the company, the new resources will help partners with their recurring revenue strategies, application pricing, go-to-market tools, and business models.

Moreover, to provide the relevant tools and resources that app builders and ISVs need, Microsoft is adding Visual Studio Enterprise edition to Partner Internal Use Rights (IURs).

New Benchmarking Tool

Microsoft announced that they have created a benchmarking tool that is available on the Microsoft Partner Network Portal to help partners capture their cloud market share. The company already provides several useful resources to guide its partners based on best practices from successful cloud partners, and this tool is the latest addition to the MPN resources.

Digital Marketing Services

In this digital era, online marketing plays a crucial role in the success of every business and so Microsoft has announced Digital Stride, a packaged set of digital marketing services to help partners improve customer acquisition, and SEO.

Additionally, the company has launched ModernBiz, a marketing campaign to demonstrate to customers how they can grow their business.

Expansion of Online Exam Proctoring

Currently, online exam proctoring is available in only 21 countries and Microsoft shared its plan to expand it in the coming months to increase its coverage globally.

New Partnerships to Help Partners Interconnect

Microsoft has announced its initiative to help its partners find and connect with other qualified partners, by collaborating with an organization called Dynasource. Companies just need to specify key talent areas for a specific period, and Dynasource will find a suitable partner to help manage their client’s requirements.

The next Microsoft WPC will be held in Toronto, Canada around July 10-14, 2016. You can register for their upcoming event here, (its at a discounted price for an all-access pass now).

We are definitely planning to attend next year! Hope to see you at Toronto!

Top Cloud Computing Blogs to Read

According to a Gartner forecast, cloud adoption is expected to reach $250 billion by 2017.  According to another insight discussed in “Digital Business – Rethinking Fundamentals”, a keynote Cloud Business Summit held in NYC last year, over 60 percent of enterprises are expected to have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms by 2018. The future of the cloud is bright and it is evident that to implement the cloud successfully, enterprises first need to understand the basics right and need to stay on top of its latest developments.

While there are many news sources, very few blogs offer in-depth analysis and insights to help you understand the benefits of the cloud. Are you curious to know which ones do? Here is our top choices.

URL: http://www.infoworld.com/

InfoWorld is a popular choice among technology and business leaders who need in-depth analysis of enterprise technology. David Linthicum, a widely recognized thought leader in the cloud computing industry, covers their cloud computing section mostly. He covers current trends in cloud computing and offers rich insights on the industry’s breaking news as well.

URL: http://cloudtweaks.com/

CloudTweaks was established back in 2009 and considered one of the leading cloud computing blogs today. It has contributors from across the world and publishes cloud trends, industry interviews, predictions, and information-rich articles. Its cloud technology comics covered under the humor section play a major role behind its immense popularity.

URL: http://www.cloudave.com/

CloudAve has a broad range of contributors with a wide variety of subject matter expertise. It claims to encourage debate and do not offer any official viewpoint. They also publish informative articles on other technology and business topics such as mobile, entrepreneurship, marketing, and more

URL: http://cloudpundit.com/

CloudPundit is the brainchild of Lydia Leong, a technology analyst at Gartner. She covers cloud technologies and a wide variety of related topics such as content delivery networks, managed hosting, data centers, emerging cloud and cloud-enabled services, and other Internet infrastructure services. Posts related to her analyst coverage area are also mirrored at the Gartner Blog Network.

URL: http://cloudcomputing.blogspot.in/

Cloud Computing by Chirag Mehta offers in-depth analysis and interesting predictions about cloud. Chirag has 15 years of experience in product management, strategy, architecture, and development and as a panelist and keynote speaker at several enterprise software conferences. His blogs are also published at CloudAve.

URL: http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/

All Things Distributed is a popular blog run by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. It isn’t just about cloud computing though, but provides an insight into AWS’ vision and strategy, which is obviously a matter of interest for any cloud pro. It is an excellent knowledge hub for businesses planning to build robust and scalable, distributed systems.

URL: http://www.diversity.net.nz/

Renowned Forbes columnist Ben Kepes covers the convergence of mobile, technology, agility, and ubiquity, enabled by the cloud here. He is a recognized, subject matter expert and considered one of the most influential technology thinkers globally. Ben’s commentary has been published in several popular online publications such as GigaOm, The Guardian, and ReadWriteWeb, to name a few.

URL: https://www.rickscloud.com/

Rickscloud is run by Rick Blaisdell, a cloud computing expert and technical strategist with twenty years of extensive experience in product and business development. The blog has over 530 cloud and technology articles covering virtualization, cloud security, IaaS, SaaS, and latest news on cloud industry and services.

URL: http://avoa.com/

The Avoa blog is a go-to source for many technology and business leaders to get updates on technology innovation, and rich insights on cloud computing from the blogger Tim Crawford, a thought leader in the areas of IT innovation, transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing.

URL: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/

This is a popular blog covering all the latest news, white papers, informative articles about the cloud, and several event and conference announcements. It has several accredited top software executives as columnists sharing their insights regarding cloud on its blog.

Feel free to also checkout the CloudAlly blog as well – Cloud trends, CRM trends, Productivity apps developments, Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce, Cloud backup and more.

Which is your favorite blog? Did we miss an important one? Do you have a different top list? Please comment below and let us know which blogs you think should have been included, and why.