Why you need backup for your devices AND your server

Why you need backup for your devices AND your server

We’re always bigging up backup for business, but nowadays, just having a device-based backup strategy won’t cut it. If your server suddenly went down, would your teams still be able to carry on working? 

Backing up your server gives you disaster recovery, or the ability to recover data if disaster strikes, be that a system crash, hard drive failure, or if any files get corrupted or accidentally deleted. Having resilient infrastructure with data stored in multiple places also gives you business continuity, meaning you can keep up and running.

Client/device-based backup lets end users restore their machine back to its pre-disaster state and recover any files you need, so you can get your laptop back quickly and hassle-free. If you’re already using Macs, you’ll be familiar (or if not, you should be) with Apple’s Time Machine tool, which automatically backs up files to an external hard drive so you can restore them later or revert to a previous version of your desktop. But for a more enterprise-friendly solution, we suggest Code 42’s CrashPlan. CrashPlan works in the background on your computers to silently and continuously back up all distributed end-user data so you have complete visibility and control on a single, secure platform.

All your end users should be working from the server, and your server data should be backed up on a regular basis. Even mobile workers should ensure they’re saving back to the server rather than locally to their devices, and if they can’t access the server temporarily, should sync back to it once they do have access.

If you’re looking at improving your backup, get in touch with our expert storage team to talk backup strategy and business continuity, based on your current business requirements. We can discuss:

– The size of your current data set.

– How your data is stored.

– What type of files you’re dealing with – large HD video files or lots of smaller files.

– Data turnover rates so we can determine the bandwidth needed to backup your data effectively.

– Data growth rate.

– Retention period – how long you require historic snapshots of the data to be kept for.

– Bandwidth – the speed of your internet connection

– Security – whether encryption is required.

Want to know more about backup? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email solutions@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

How does Backup24 stack up against other backup services?

How does Backup24 stack up against other backup services?

If you’re looking for a way to look after your digital assets, and get the peace of mind that your work is protected against human error, air conditioning failures, hardware faults, computer viruses and the like, a hosted backup service is the way to go.

We offer our own service called Backup24, which is durable, reliable and – crucially – affordable. But how does it compare to some of the other solutions out there? One popular option is Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), part of Amazon Web Services. But there are a number of reasons we believe Backup24 is more suitable than Amazon S3 for users who work in the creative industries and have large digital files.

Simple pricing

Taking a look at Amazon’s pricing structure, you can see it’s rather complex, with charges for number of requests, type of request and the duration of data being held (Standard, Standard Infrequent Access and the more long-term Glacier package). Backup24, on the other hand, is priced on a simple £40 per TB stored per month model. As part of this, we provide help with restores should it be required, or there is also a self-service option available. There are also no bandwidth costs.

For larger businesses, we can also provide dedicated connectivity, which gives you a secure VPN connection to the data centre with ring-fenced bandwidth for your backups and restores, at £500 per 100Mbps dedicated connectivity per month.

Fully managed

With Backup24, one of our engineers will check your backup each day. With Amazon S3, the onus is on you to check that your backup has worked each day. You also need to complete online training on Amazon Web Services, whereas you don’t need to learn anything with Backup24 – we set it up, run it for you and will perform restores for you (or we can show you how to do this for yourself).

Designed for creatives

We’ve designed Backup24 specifically for creative users, whereas Amazon lead on being backup for business customers. And because creative work like video, audio and image files are high capacity and very valuable, we price our service per TB, rather than per GB.

Customer-focused

As with all our services and solutions, we like to put you, the customer, front and centre, and make sure we talk to all our customers regardless of size. You get a dedicated point of contact for your account, plus engineers available on the end of the phone during normal business hours.

They can advise on all things backup and storage, check in on the state of your backups and help you find files too. With Amazon, only the largest customers have someone to speak to about the service.

And the rest

As well as all that, here are a few of the other benefits of choosing Backup24 from Jigsaw24:

Someone on the end of the phone to give you advice and guidance, and to see how your backups are doing.

No file recovery costs so there’s no limit to your file access.

Fast, simple retrieval of your mission-critical data – if you lose your data, we should be able to retrieve it.

Secure connections initiated by you, making for safer transfer of data.

Live mirror copy of your existing data structure.

Daily snapshots of data, so any version of a file can be retrieved.

Physical checks of the integrity of the backup every day.

Physical pre-stage of data. Imagine you have 20TB of data – to get that into  cloud backup over the internet would take forever, so this eliminates that.

Restore of data onto physical drives if required (at an additional cost).

Want to find out more about Backup24? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – File Sharing

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – File Sharing

Using your Mac (whether that be iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) as a server is just one of the many uses Mac has within your business. We’ve been looking at the basic setup of Mac to a Server, using the Profile Manager tool, File Sharing and the benefits this can bring to your employees.

While we were sad to see Mac mini with OS X Server be discontinued earlier this year, we’re glad that you can download the Server app from the App Store here for £13.99 and run it this way. The Server app is fully compatible with OS X Yosemite and is easy to install, set up and manage within your business.

After you install the OS X Server software, the Server app walks you through the configuration process, whether you’re setting up a small business network or connecting to your companies existing networks. The Server app lets you quickly manage users and groups on the Server and, if you haven’t done so, set up all your key services.

The latest update to OS X Server brings more power, control and collaboration to your organisation, so everyone on your team can work together more effectively. Use your Server for File Sharing, Profile Manager, Caching Server, Xcode Server, Time Machine, Wiki Server, Calendar, Contacts and Mail Servers and Xsan 4. Here’s File Sharing…

File Sharing with OS X Server and Mac

Use your Mac-powered Server for File Sharing within the business. With the File Sharing tool you can share folders, exchange files and access documents on your Mac, iPad or PC. Once your devices are set up to your Server, your employees can access and share files with each other. Whether your employees are working onsite or remotely, they can safely share files without jeopardising the confidentially of the information they share. SMB3 is the new, super-fast protocol for sharing files in OS X Server. It works to protect against tampering and eavesdropping by encrypting and signing data ‘in flight’. There’s also file-sharing connection monitoring, so you can see who’s accessing your server, who’s connected and for how long.

For those of you thinking about or already running a Server for File Sharing, it’s worth noting that we offer a solution that allows integration between Macs to Windows file servers if that’s your thing. Take a look at Acronis’ “ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server here.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – Profile Manager

Setting up your Mac as an OS X Server – Profile Manager

Setting up your Mac (whether that be iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) as a server within your business makes it easier than ever for people in your organisation to collaborate, communicate and share information. Once your Mac is set up and running with the OS X Server app you can begin to use the Profile Manager tool for easy mobile management of you’re your employees’ devices.

The Profile Manager tool allows you to manage a whole host of mobile devices. From a business perspective, using your Mac as a server gives you control over what your devices have access to and what data your employees can share. Here’s a run down of what you can do in the Profile Manager tool:

Profile Manager simplifies deploying, configuring and managing your Mac computers and iOS devices in your business. It’s one place where you can control everything. In Profile Manager you can:

– Create profiles to set up user accounts for Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Messages.

– Configure system settings.

– Enforce restrictions.

– Set PIN and password policies.

– Simplify the distribution of apps and books purchased through the Volume Purchase Programme.

– Give users access to self-service web portals where they can download and install new configuration profiles.

– Clear passcodes and remotely lock or wipe Mac, iPhone or iPad if it’s been lost or stolen.

– Profile Manager also supports new Continuity features in Yosemite like Handoff.

Profile Manager can also be used in tandem with enterprise MDM solutions for better management of devices. We sell several solutions for this, including JAMF’s Casper Suite, which you can read about in more detail here.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. To find out more about our managed solutions click here. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.