Backup & the Dispersed Workforce: 7 Reasons MSPs Are Moving Beyond Traditional BDR
Telework, remote work, hybrid environments, work from home, or work from anywhere…no matter what you call it, dispersed workforces continue to pose challenges for MSPs. Tasked with protecting individual endpoints on public Wi-Fi networks, in unsecure home environments, on personal devices, in international locations, and via cumbersome VPNs – MSPs have a monumental burden compounded by rising cyberattacks.
“Nearly two years into the COVID_19 pandemic, roughly six-in-ten U.S. workers who say their jobs can mainly be done from home (59%) are working from home all or most of the time. The vast majority of these workers (83%) say they were working from home even before the omicron variant started to spread in the United States.” – Pew Research survey conducted in January 2022
Pandemic or not, out-of-office environments were a thing before 2020, and they’re certainly here to stay. In the face of this reality, it’s absolutely critical that MSPs provide the endpoint protection for their SMB clients to thrive no matter where data usage takes place. While haphazard environments may still be working two years post-shelter-in-place, they’re not a long-term solution for cybersecurity.
In Axcient’s eBook, Backup & the Dispersed Workforce: 7 Reasons MSPs Are Moving Beyond Traditional BDR, we examine today’s cybersecurity landscape, and the necessary data protection strategies MSPs must employ to keep businesses running. If you haven’t reevaluated endpoint protections recently, are concerned about vendor stability in the channel, and are curious about what’s new in multi-use case solutions, this eBook gives you a fresh perspective on strengthening your approach.
Modernizing with Comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Unfortunately, backups alone and legacy chain-based backups are no longer sufficient for survival against today’s sophisticated, targeted, and frequent ransomware attacks. These tools of yesteryear put clients at risk for permanent data loss that can be fatal for business survival. Not only do these false protections fail SMBs when the worst happens, but it’s MSPs that will be held responsible. The potential damage to your reputation, relationship with clients, and ability to grow after a breach is undeniable with MSP-specific regulations and the power of the internet.
Axcient’s security-first approach assumes that businesses will be attacked. It’s not a question of if anymore. Today, it’s just wondering when. Proactive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions, coupled with DR planning and testing, a ransomware recovery guide, and cyber liability insurance, are your best defense for rapid and reliable recovery. In Backup & the Dispersed Workforce, we highlight the sophisticated security tools necessary for near-instant recovery with greater consistency – while presenting new revenue streams and methods for lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO).
“The only point of backup is recovery. With a dispersed workforce, even if you don’t think malware will attack your data (and chances are, it will), you likely will need to recover from accidental or malicious internal deletions at some point. The time and reseeding required with chain-based backup stops businesses in their tracks – definitely not what your clients want.”
Appliance-Free BCDR: Rapid and Reliable Recovery for Multiple Use Cases
Axcient’s BCDR solution, x360Recover, prepares MSPs and their clients for recovery against today’s data loss events. With options to deploy x360Recover both with an appliance or without using Direct-to-Cloud (D2C), MSPs can satisfy multiple use cases with just one vendor and one solution. Not only does the streamlined infrastructure allow MSPs to simplify their stack, but it reduces the time and resources spent on vendor management so that you can focus on adding value for clients.
Proprietary Chain-Free image-based backups, anti-data deletion technology, automatic backup integrity checks, and near-instant virtualization empower MSPs to sleep soundly despite the challenges of dispersed endpoints. These built-in features, along with vendor shakeups and the risks to SMBs, are why MSPs are leaving traditional BDR. Unfortunately, traditional just isn’t good enough anymore.
“Now, many MSPs have stalled on appliance-based solutions that still rely on breakable chains, often incur storage overages, and require expensive hardware with costly and ongoing maintenance. Axcient D2C moves beyond traditional BDR to deliver a full replacement for hardware-based BDR appliances.”
Are You Ready to Move Beyond Traditional BDR?
In Axcient’s eBook, MSPs get the information necessary to reevaluate their tech stack against the backdrop of today and what’s coming in the future. It’s absolutely critical for cybersecurity, business survival, remaining competitive in the channel, and protecting your own MSP, that you prioritize endpoint protection for modern times.
- Stay in-the-know on the latest weak points in endpoint security for hybrid work environments and dispersed workers.
- Learn about the latest advancements in automation, usability, ransomware protection, and backup mechanics that make BCDR management easier and more cost-effective.
- Generate new revenue streams while lowering TCO with new capabilities built specifically for MSPs to protect all of their SMB clients.
- See how standardization and simplification reduces support tickets, empowers technicians, increases margins, and boosts profits for overall MSP growth.
About the Author: Carissa Johnson // Product Marketing Manager, Axcient
Carissa Kohn-Johnson has a background in behavioral and physical healthcare technology and information technology and currently works as the Product Marketing Manager for Axcient. She has a lot of MSP Channel experience from planning and attending hundreds of conferences and tradeshows, and found her passion in technology, and working with MSPs in particular. She serves on the Information Services Advisory Board for her community and feels most at home with other technology-forward people. Connect with her on LinkedIn – perhaps you can contribute to the Axcient blog?
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