Online Backup Best Practices

June 30th, 2014 No comments

Here are some of the most popular articles in our Blog, Knowledge Base and website. These are our Best Practices documents. Read more…

Online Backup Software RBackup v11.10.004 Released

June 20th, 2014 No comments

 

Today RBS released the latest RBackup, version 11.10.004. This release contains updates to database agents, some exciting new features, enhancements to the Full Image Backup agent, a new Portal Connector that can back up your RBS Server to the Partner’s Portal, and an enhancement to the RBackup Client software to support Portal’s new Hot Site. Read more…

Correct Online Backup of Databases Using Agents

June 11th, 2014 No comments
Online Backup CEO Rob Cosgrove

Rob Cosgrove, CEO Remote Backup Systems

Takeaway: When backing up databases that are managed by a database engine or server, use the backup software’s built in agents instead of directly backing up the data files themselves. This is the only way to ensure a completely stable, restorable backup of the complete database. Read more…

Announcing the RBackup Reseller Program BETA

May 19th, 2014 No comments

 

RBS is introducing the RBackup Reseller Program, now open for Beta Testing! Get fully-brandable licenses and rely on our secure storage servers on a pay-as-you-go system, starting at just $0.60 per gigabyte! Resell the storage space for $0.80 or higher. Read more…

Online Backup Software by RBS Safe from Heartbleed Exploit. Others, not so much.

April 10th, 2014 6 comments

By Rob Cosgrove

Online Backup Software by Remote Backup Systems is unaffected by the “Heartbleed” exploit to OpenSSL that was revealed recently.

“OpenSSL” is a security protocol used by many companies to protect their websites and sensitive file transfers. A major vulnerability was recently disclosed in this open source module, which can result in the loss of very sensitive information like passwords, encryption keys, and the contents of files uploaded to Online Backup services.

Remote Backup Systems uses no open source modules in our software, so this catastrophic vulnerability does not affect any of our Online Backup software or any of our software used by our Partners.

It also does not affect any of RBS’ websites or portals, since all of our sensitive servers run on Microsoft Windows.

It DOES however, affect Ahsay(1) and Vembu Storegrid(2.) See below for citations.  (This line was stricken because we have an unverified report challenging our assertion and we are granting the benefit of the doubt. These products ARE, however, affected by the following…)

Once again I’m warning you to steer clear of Online Backup solutions that use Open Source software. While there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with using Open Source, and MANY (if not most) companies use it in one form or another, it can seriously complicate security by making it next to impossible to maintain up to date updates to software that contains it.

For example, one of the companies mentioned above uses at last count fifteen (15) open source modules in their software. Each open source module is being actively developed and upgraded by a separate team of people who do not work for the above companies, do not communicate with one another, and are under no obligation to notify the above companies that a security patch is available.

When a critical security patch is applied to any of these open source modules by their development teams, the correct procedure is for the company using it to immediately learn about the patch, patch their product, and then to push out a patch to their Partners, and for their Partners to immediately push out a patch to their end users.

See the problem here? With fifteen different teams working independently, it’s next to impossible for an Online Backup company to stay current on all patches, and far more impossible for them to distribute patches as quickly as they should, and even more impossible for Partners to upgrade their end users.

Proper security patch distribution for such a mix and match software product might require Partners to update their end users ten or more times per month!

RBS uses no Open Source software. We maintain up to date security patches and make it easy for our Partners to do so, too.

1.    http://www.google dot com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ahsay.com%2Fdownload%2Fdownload_document.jsp%3FdocumentName%3Dprd_admin&ei=XtFGU527MfKkyAHutYC4CA&usg=AFQjCNFFgv9BoWe3PY4_T9pUFAVX5jP-RQ&bvm=bv.64507335,d.aWc

2.    http://storegrid.vembu dot com/online-backup/sp-help/freebsd-client-only-installation-guide.html

Online Backup Software Pioneer Announces Availability of Latest Version of Industry Defining White Labeled RBackup Online Backup Software

April 10th, 2014 No comments

 

Remote Backup Systems today announced the immediate availability of its RBackup Online Backup software for Service Providers. Partners of RBS use RBackup to provide fully brandable, self-hosted Online Backup services to more than a million end users worldwide. Read more…

Changes Coming on April 15 at RBS

April 10th, 2014 No comments

 

With the new release of RBackup version 11.10, RBS is announcing some changes that we think will improve your quality of service. Here’s an outline of those changes. Read more…

Amazon Price Reduction Good News for RBackup’s Online Backup Partners

March 27th, 2014 Comments off

Amazon has done it again – their 42nd price reduction in six years. Here’s the story…

It is always fun to write about price reductions. I enjoy knowing that our customers will find AWS to be an even better value over time as we work on their behalf to make AWS more and more cost-effective over time. If you’ve been reading this blog for an extended period of time you know that we reduce prices on our services from time to time, and today’s announcement serves as the 42nd price reduction since 2008.

via Amazon Web Services Blog: AWS Price Reduction #42 – EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce.

Online Backup vs. Cloud Storage – a Dumb Debate

March 25th, 2014 Comments off

I am seeing a considerable number of articles lately with titles like “Cloud Storage vs. Online Backup,” and “Which is Best: Cloud Storage or Online Backup?” Many of the articles seem to be written by people with a bias toward one or the other, with most written by authors defending the claim that Cloud Storage is “best.” Read more…

Five Ways That Small Businesses Risk Customer Data – Businessweek

March 14th, 2014 Comments off

Hackers don’t just go after multinationals. Smaller companies are often prime targets for attackers looking to exploit vulnerable security systems, says Kevin B. McDonald, executive vice president of computer network management company Alvaka Networks. Entrepreneurs may also be snagged by hackers who cull through a wide swath of computer IP addresses looking for weaknesses.

via Five Ways That Small Businesses Risk Customer Data – Businessweek.

Online Backup Partners: Don’t fight ‘em. Join ‘em!

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

All these cheap and free online file sync services like Mozy and Carbonite seem to frighten some RBS Partners. But don’t worry! They’re actually really good for our business. Here’s how you can join them instead of fighting them! Read more…


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