July 4th, 2013
A new survey has confirmed what Purple Rage Software has always believed – that NovaBACKUP Professional is the undoubted tree topper.
TopTenReviews.com’s detailed comparison of 17 backup software products rated NovaBACKUP ahead of competitors Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost.
NovaBACKUP protects laptops and workstations with file backup to locally attached storage as well as the cloud, with imaging for complete system recovery.
A leading technology portal with 38.2 million page views per month, TopTenReviews.com highlights the product’s functionality in these glowing terms: “NovaBACKUP is the best data backup software available for preserving your most sensitive files. This application is powerful and offers a variety of tools to ensure that your data is saved in case a disaster strikes.
“It features a variety of intuitive wizards to walk you through each process with ease and also provides recovery tools and scheduling options, along with many additional features that include virus scanning, single-click drive backups and email notifications.” High praise indeed!
A delighted Mike Andrews, managing director of NovaStor, said: “We’re proud of this award and TopTenReviews.com’s overall positive assessment for the fourth year in a row. Independent editors agree that NovaBACKUP is hard to beat even when it comes to close competitors such as Acronis.
“We’ll not become complacent, but must continually work as a company to improve upon what we’ve built, to deliver premium data protection products.”
For more information about how NovaBACKUP can benefit your business or organisation, call Jan Gregson at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NovaBACKUP products can also be bought online at http://store.purplerage.com
March 20th, 2013
Hot on the heels of PeerLock 4.0 is PeerSync 9.0.5, which is now available to buy through Purple Rage Software or as an upgrade for existing Peer customers subscribed to PeerSync software maintenance and support.
This eagerly awaited maintenance release offers a number of enhancements and patches highlighted by improved support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 plus tighter integration with PeerLock 4.0 to support advanced features in the PeerSync Collaboration Edition (PeerSync and PeerLock bundle).
PeerSync 9.0.5 has resolved several miscellaneous and display dilemmas enabling your business or organisation to operate more smoothly.
Frustrating error and access violation messages will no longer appear and the following issues have also been fixed:
- File and/or folder deletes reported during connection failures even though the target files/folders were not actually deleted;
- PeerSync failing to initialise if running with a user account name greater than 16 characters in length;
- When using Managed Files (VSS) the PeerSync session did not always close properly.
For more information about PeerSync 9.0.5, call Jan Gregson at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email email@example.com
PeerSync can also be bought online at http://store.purplerage.com.
February 12th, 2013
Securing data at remote locations can be a continual headache for IT managers. Have you ever pondered the following?
- Is an onsite back up of the data enough to ensure security?
- Is a copy of the data at HQ sufficient?
- OR do I need both to ensure reliable availability and speedy recovery?
- Also, do all remote branches have enough bandwidth for the amount of data to be backed up?
So if any of the above – or all four – are keeping you awake at night then Purple Rage Software has the ideal remedy.
NovaStor’s tried and trusted solutions for data protection in a shared data centre meet the needs of an IT environment with centralised network backup and the backups of multiple locations.
All of this is possible due to a winning combination of a simple centralised management process, unlimited scalability and reliable backup and, above all, recovery performance.
Whether the data is located centrally, locally or in the cloud, swift access is always guaranteed.
Ideal for remote offices is NovaBACKUP Remote Workforce, which delivers a solution that can be managed centrally but is optimised for data transfer over small bandwidths. Check out the other benefits:
- Simple to use;
- Desktops and laptops in home offices or for colleagues on the road can be backed up with the same solution from one installation;
- Individual access rights for centralised and local IT managers enable flexible task sharing;
- Backup rules can be created the same way as groups at the central administration.
To find out how NovaStor products can help your business or organisation run more effectively, call Purple Rage sales director Jan Gregson on 01684 576343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NovaStor can also be bought online at http://store.purplerage.com/
December 10th, 2012
Nowadays laptops aren’t just those flexible friends you throw – we mean delicately place – on the back seat of the car.
Increasing numbers of businesses are opting for laptops as replacements for bulky PCs to boost productivity through mobility.
However, there is one major disadvantage – 60 per cent of corporate information is at risk as laptops are the least protected digital asset.
Traditional backup solutions have neglected storage capabilities outside the office and failed to address the following dilemmas:
- How do you ensure efficient and secure data transfer from anywhere in the world?
- How do you handle the different connectivity states of a laptop user – “on net” in the office, “off net” but connected remotely, when at home or in a hotel, or “temporarily disconnected” when working during a flight?
- How do you ensure backups occur to the central corporate storage infrastructure?
There is a solution – courtesy of those clever people at Peer.
Available from Purple Rage Software, PeerSync Backup Edition for Laptops allows workforces on the move to meet the challenge of operating in Timbuktu or Tadcaster.
This product supports IT managers’ demands for centralised control, configuration, deployment and monitoring of continuous data protection.
It also removes the need for end-users to backup themselves or save their work only on the corporate data centre servers.
PeerSync Backup for Laptops can be extended with Backup Edition for Servers – together they add up to a time and cost saving solution.
For more information about the benefits of PeerSync, call Jan Gregson at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email email@example.com
PeerSync products can also be bought online at http://store.purplerage.com/
December 6th, 2012
Maintaining back up operations at remote offices can be an expensive and risky exercise.
And it’s also potentially damaging when backup tapes containing unencrypted data and customer information go AWOL.
If you’re in need of real-time backup – and don’t want to invest in a costly wide area network (WAN) upgrade – then Peer Software has the answer.
PeerSync Backup for Servers is a world class product designed to securely synchronise and replicate gigabytes – and even terabytes – of branch office data across a WAN in real-time with a central server.
This best-of-breed solution doesn’t just create one large backup file – it creates and maintains file and directory replicas on the target server for Windows to Windows, Windows to Net-App or Net-App to Net-App.
Other stand-out features are:
- File deletion and revision protection;
- Reporting and alerts via email – file backup failures are immediately emailed for fast alerts;
- Support for open file and database backup;
- Option to add PeerSync Backup Edition for Laptops and Workstations (there’s more on this product in the next Purple Prose blog);
- Intelligent connection check with auto-resume – when connectivity is unavailable, the backup process will store missed events in memory.
For more information about PeerSync, call Jan Gregson at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PeerSync can also be bought online at http://store.purplerage.com/
October 3rd, 2012
FROM Eric and Ernie to Clough and Taylor – throughout history we’ve seen many successful partnerships.
File sharing can also benefit from a two-pronged attack and our five-part series concludes by exploring which technologies work in perfect harmony.
Mirroring and file replication products improve efficiency by making shared files available locally but, as they lack file locking, they expose organisations to version control problems.
This problem can be resolved by linking up with a Wide Area Distributed File Services (WADFS) product such as PeerLock, which goes hand in hand with PeerSync or Microsoft DFSR.
Together these products provide fast file access, prevent version control issues and conserve bandwidth. The cost will also brighten your day.
Another point worth bearing in mind is that file replication products are not scalable to environments with many locations sharing thousands of files. A lack of management tools and limited threading mean that larger organisations may need to upgrade to a complete WADFS solution.
WADFS also works well in conjunction with WAN optimisation – offering an excellent balance of cost, performance and functionality. An increasingly popular option is to use WAN appliances in large offices then draft in WADFS to replicate and lock files across all sites. Other benefits are effective bandwidth utilisation for voice and video traffic and effective version control.
So, to round off our series, here’s a no-nonsense guide to file sharing technologies.
- Content management systems have sophisticated features but because they are highly centralised, they can hamper productivity and slow down performance when large files need to be shared across remote offices;
- File replication solutions make files available locally but usually don’t offer remote file locking for version control, management tools for trouble-shooting or effective multi-threading for performance;
- WAN optimisation products improve performance, help with voice and video and save bandwidth. However, they don’t move large files very quickly and can be costly if there are many locations.
- Wide Area Distributed File Services (WADFS) replicate files to multiple locations and provide management tools and remote file locking. However, performance for voice and video traffic is not improved.
For more information about file sharing software options for your organisation, call Jan Gregson or Rob Dixon at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email email@example.com
September 26th, 2012
OUR straight-talking series on file sharing technology, compiled with a little help from our friends at Peer Software, continues with Wide Area Distributed File Services (WADFS).
This option allows members of distributed teams to open and save shared files as if they are all available locally.
PeerLink and PeerSync+PeerLock, which are all available from Purple Rage, combine three key elements: File synchronisation, remote locking and management features to control and monitor file sharing.
As with simple file sharing methods, system administrators can configure the software to synchronise the contents of designated file shares at two or more locations.
And there are additional advantages:
- WADFS products sense when one copy of a file is open and “lock” other copies around the network. Until the open copy is saved, access to the other copies is either blocked or restricted to read-only mode;
- Users can find files in familiar file shares – so there’s no need for time-consuming staff retraining;
- Files can be retrieved and saved at LAN speeds;
- Storage of back versions provides a history of changes to each files;
- Bandwidth is conserved by compressing files and replicating only changed sections instead of whole files, which can improve network performance at busy times;
- Low cost – no dedicated hardware is needed and administration is a doddle;
- Centralised logging and reporting gives administrators a complete record of file events;
- Administrators can also get a real-time picture of open and locked files, replicated activities and failed locking and replication events.
WADFS is not linked to a single domain, which allows organisations to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other third parties.
Plenty of good points, but there is a minor quibble as WADFS technology doesn’t improve the efficiency of non file-based applications including voice, video and database.
To summarise, WADFS is a snug fit for businesses requiring comprehensive file sharing with version control.
Next time, we’ll evaluate the benefits of combining technology but in the meantime, for more information about the right file sharing software for your needs, contact Jan Gregson or Rob Dixon at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19th, 2012
IF you thought Riverbed Steelhead and Blue Coat PacketShaper are contenders for the annual Country Music Awards you’re very much mistaken.
They are, in fact, wonderfully named WAN optimisation products – which we will explore further in our information-packed series on file sharing.
WAN optimisation products use compression and data de-duplication to increase the size of the pipes between locations and, like other file sharing methods, have their desirable features and drawbacks.
Let’s start with the good points:
- Helps with all types of network traffic, including conventional files, voice and streaming video;
- Improves user productivity and reduces networking costs;
- Supports a centralised file storage structure if files are small, which simplifies storage management and version control.
Now you’ll need to weigh that up against the disadvantages:
- Many companies find that WAN optimisation products are unsatisfactory for storing large files;
- Users still have to request files from a central store and although compression reduces the time needed to retrieve files then save them back, complaints of slow file access performance are common;
- Products tend to be expensive to use across widely distributed environments;
- Vulnerability to unreliable WAN connections, especially between different countries – users may need to stop work completely when remote files become unavailable.
Plenty to ponder, but our view is that WAN optimisation technology is an effective and economical option for organisations with a small number of large offices.
A popular option is to deploy WAN optimisation products at large offices and other technologies to improve file sharing with smaller, more distant locations.
Next on the agenda is Wide Area Distributed File Services (WADFS) but, in the meantime, for expert advice on solving your file sharing dilemmas, call Jan Gregson or Rob Dixon at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email email@example.com
August 28th, 2012
SHARING large files has become part of everyday business life, especially when employees are dotted around in several offices.
But this practice is fraught with problems that can affect productivity and team morale, particularly if files are shared via email.
Just imagine working on a file for a couple of hours only to find your version is ignored because a colleague saved his copy last. That’s their name off your Christmas card list…
The answer to all this potential disharmony – and wasted time – is file sharing technology.
The most commonly used methods are:
- Content management systems (CMS);
- File replication and mirroring;
- WAN optimisation;
- Wide Area Distributed File Services (WADFS) also known as business file sharing and collaboration as well as WAFS.
Over the next few weeks, with a little help from our good friends at Peer Software, we’ll examine the pros and cons of each, starting with content management systems.
Plus points of CMS include:
- Creating, editing, reviewing and approving documents is organised by customisable work flows;
- Flexibility – role-based controls determine who can create, view, modify and delete documents;
- Version control features – everyone works with the latest version and no-one’s changes are ignored or overwritten;
- Final versions of documents can be published to web sites.
On the downside, most content management systems have a centralised architecture that is not designed for distributed teams. Each file is stored in a central repository so files requested from another location must be checked out, transmitted to a remote location then saved and checked back.
All of which means that file open and save time can be sluggish at distributed locations and network performance can be affected by heavy demand for large files at busy times.
In conclusion, we feel the snuggest fit for this method are environments with localised file usage which use documents with repetitive work flows that need to be tightly managed, for example, submissions to government agencies for licenses or approval.
Next time around we’ll be tackling file replication and mirroring but, in the meantime, for more information about the right file sharing software for your needs, call Jan Gregson or Rob Dixon at Purple Rage on 01684 576343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 20th, 2012
TRADITIONALLY August is a time for chilling out with a paperback or fretting about what to do with the kids if it’s raining. Less than three weeks to go, folks…
But it seems there’s no rest for those clever folks at Peer who refuse to rest on their laurels.
Their latest revelation is PeerSync v9.0. With improved performance and an updated user interface, v9.0 is designed to help your business or organisation run more efficiently.
As with all of its updates, Peer has investigated issues reported by users and come up with solutions. Which means you won’t have to worry about:
- Flickering when switching between jobs thanks to an improved display in Profiler;
- Job Stats at the end of non-persistent Profile runs not always being updated with the latest information while the Status Display is in a waiting state to be closed;
- Deletions not processing sporadically during scans;
- “Are you sure you want to quit?” messages when running as an application.
And if you still need convincing, check out these new features:
- fPolicy integration with NetApp Data ONTAP powers real-time replication and synchronisation for Windows and NetApp storage environments;
- Robust Connection Manager increases system and application up-time by enabling PeerSync to automatically restart real-time operations and scan jobs if a connection is lost and reconnected;
- Supports migration of shares from legacy systems and windows servers to NetApp as well as NetApp-to-NetApp share migration;
- Advanced support for users of Symantec Enterprise Vault content archiving environments;
- Free upgrade for current users of the recently discontinued Embedded Open File Manager (EOFM) to the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) option.
PeerSync v9.0 is now available free for Purple Rage Software customers on a maintenance contact.
For more details, call Jan Gregson or Rob Dixon on 01684 576343 or email email@example.com