Author Archives: Laura Shafer

New In StorageCraft ShadowProtect 5: ImageReady

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We just released StorageCraft ShadowProtect 5 with support for new Windows operating systems, including Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. That’s the new feature that affects most people, but there’s a brand new feature in ShadowProtect 5 that is a bit more “gee whiz” than operating system support. That’s our new ImageReady feature. If you

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Backup Basics

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StorageCraft will be releasing ShadowProtect 5 this Thursday, and it has some cool new features. But even with this new release, we want to remind everyone that we will never get away from what we do best: backup and disaster recovery. Our company tagline is “Backup Fast, Recover Faster” for a reason. No matter how

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ShadowProtect 5 Holiday Checklist

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Over the past few weeks, the StorageCraft marketing team has been making our launch list and checking it twice to make sure we have everything ready for the upcoming product releases.  We’re trying to anticipate every question you may have about the latest version of StorageCraft ShadowProtect, and hoping we will be able to provide

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At Long Last: ShadowProtect 5!

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We could use a lot of clichés to describe the upcoming release of StorageCraft ShadowProtect 5: Good things are worth waiting for. Don’t mess with something if it isn’t broken. Never get involved in a land war in Asia. All of these are true with the new version of ShadowProtect.  The new features that are in

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ShadowProtect IT Edition – An Invaluable Disaster Recovery Tool

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When we talk to managed services providers (MSPs), resellers or IT administrators about the disaster recovery solutions we offer, invariably we mention StorageCraft ShadowProtect IT Edition. StorageCraft delivers the software on a USB thumb drive that the solution provider or network administrator can plug into a USB drive on any Windows system (servers, desktops and

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Cloud, Security and Big Data

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There are always new buzzwords to keep on top of in the world of Information Technology. Several years ago, Cloud Computing was the phrase everyone was throwing around, and it’s only been recently that it’s started to gain some traction. As we noted in our white paper about cloud computing, backup and cloud seem like they’re made

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Spice or No Spice?

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The friendly StorageCraft marketing team is hard at work making strategic decisions about what we plan to do next year: where we will spend our marketing dollars and how we will engage with various IT communities. Since StorageCraft is focused 100% on the channel, we don’t follow typical guidelines for business-to-business (B2B) marketing. We spend

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Data Protection and Parenthood

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about disaster recovery (DR) planning as I’m in the process of finalizing a presentation I’ll be helping to make during the StorageCraft pre-day seminar at SMB Nation. One thing that struck me as I’ve been developing the seminar is that when it comes to data protection and recovery, many

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Words, Words, Words – and Disaster Resistance

One of the recondite tasks that marketing teams undertake is an ongoing argument about words and their meaning. Because we spend a lot of time talking about the precise meaning of words, you may have noticed that we tend to write a lot of posts about that topic on this blog. What do we mean when

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Updating and Upgrading Systems

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A big part of my job is telling other people why we think StorageCraft ShadowProtect is a superlative backup and disaster recovery solution for small to medium-sized businesses. I’m in marketing at StorageCraft, so it’s sort of expected that I would spend a lot of my time explaining to you why our stuff is best.

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Backup and Football

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The beginning of September means a lot of things to different people: the start of the school term, cooler weather, falling leaves. For me it means football. I know that when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, football can’t be too far away. It probably has to do with the memories going

Updating ShadowProtect

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If you’re looking to update to ShadowProtect 4.2.7, our good friend Wayne Small has written a great post on his SBSfaq blog, giving you step-by-step instructions on exactly how to do it. If you haven’t updated ShadowProtect before, I recommend checking out Wayne’s post. It’s also helpful to look through the release notes because there are

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ShadowProtect and Windows Server 2012

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Windows Server 2012 is coming soon – better get ready now. The new server OS is slated for release next month, but some people have already had the chance to preview it and are already weighing in on new features.  As a Microsoft Gold ISV Competency partner that makes disaster recovery solutions for Windows servers, StorageCraft has

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ShadowProtect Update

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You may have already noticed that we just released a new version of ShadowProtect, on the heels of the update we released less than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in the world of software, the software had a critical bug. In some circumstances, StorageCraft VirtualBoot won’t work in ShadowProtect 4.2.6. No previous versions

StorageCraft Amnesty Program

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When you title your blog post “StorageCraft Amnesty Program” it sounds a little like you’re running around providing diplomatic immunity or letting people off with a reduced sentence. It’s nothing quite so important as that, but it is important if you’re a ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange (GRE) user and you aren’t current on your maintenance.

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Agent vs. Agentless Backup

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Our friends at Datto have a new video they’ve posted explaining the differences between backups using an agent and those that are so-called “agentless” backup. StorageCraft ShadowProtect is backup that uses an agent, which is a very stable, reliable way to perform a backup. Our backup agent leaves a very small footprint — so it

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ShadowProtect Update

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StorageCraft is releasing a new version of ShadowProtect today. Drumroll please… Okay, that was probably over the top because this isn’t a major product release. But it is a product update that you’ll want to know about. ShadowProtect 4.2.6 has these new features: Enhanced Hardware Independent Restore in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment to allow continuation

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StorageCraft and MSPs

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StorageCraft loves its Managed Service Provider (MSP) partners.  Not only do we try to give you tools and tips to sell your disaster recovery services to your customers, but we also approach our own software development and licensing with MSPs in mind. Consider this: StorageCraft was one of the first backup and disaster recovery vendors

ShadowProtect GRE update

Sys admins the world over know that if it’s Tuesday, it must be time for product updates. We here at StorageCraft think it’s sometimes easier to keep with that tradition, so we’re releasing  StorageCraft ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange 6.1.8 today. This update includes some new features. One of the changes in this update makes

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We Need a Better Metaphor

Technology companies have been known to use the phrase “We eat our own dog food” quite a bit. Software companies – in particular – like to show that they’re using the same technology they’re selling to customers. What better way to show that you believe in what you’re selling? But the phrase itself seems like a backward

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ShadowControl CMD Update Available

Our new monitoring tool is a little newer. We just released an update for StorageCraft® ShadowControl™ CMD. This update is for both the CMD Appliance and the CMD EndPoint agent.  On Wednesday, July 18, you will be able to update the appliance by going to the Appliance Settings page in the ShadowControl CMD appliance. Then

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Is “Virtual” Commonplace?

Just how commonplace is server virtualization? In an InfoWorld article today, Paul Venezia argues that it’s so ubiquitous today, that we should stop referring to virtual servers as virtual servers, they’re just servers.  He postulates that confusion arises among non-technical folks, who have a hard enough time understanding the function of a server. When you start discussing

StorageCraft ShadowControl CMD Is Available!

    We know you’ve been practically holding your breath in anticipation, but your wait is finally over. StorageCraft® ShadowControl™ CMD is now available for download from the StorageCraft website. And the best news of all? It’s FREE! So we know you’re asking yourself, “What do I get with this free product?” Well, you get

ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange – Limited-time Discount

If you’re looking for a way to manage your Exchange server a little better, now is the time to buy StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Granular Recovery for Exchange. ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange lets you recover individual email messages, email attachments or an entire Exchange mailbox. And tor a limited time, StorageCraft is offering discount pricing! Here’s the

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Virtually There

We hope you saw the news that StorageCraft is now an “Elite” member of the VMware Technology Alliance Program. We’ve been part of TAP for several years now, and our technology has been integrated in VMware’s converter tool for about five years. It’s a natural partnership for us since we’ve been specializing in virtualizing data

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