Don't let the name fool you, Windows Home Server (WHS) is a viable and affordable server solution for small businesses. We're big fans of this platform, both for Microsoft's intended home users and for business use. All our employees have at least one, friends and family have been encouraged to buy them, and we've also worked on custom KeepVault deployments using WHS as a base. KeepVault was in-fact originally written for the WHS platform and is recommended by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. WHS has been so popular with business that the upcoming new Small Business Server platforms (codenamed Breckenridge and Aurora) will incorporate many of the WHS features and a slick new user console. KeepVault will of course support these new platforms (more on that in a later post).
Did you watch the 68th Annual Golden Globes? Well there seemed to be a category for just about everything, except for that all-important one of “data protection”!!! I jest of course, the thought of making an awards show even LONGER by adding yet more dubious categories would surely decrease viewership below levels that even Ricky Gervais could rescue. If there had been said category, I’m sure KeepVault would have taken home the prize.
That said, protecting the data (scripts, footage, stills, documents, finance records, contracts, etc) created by movies and tv shows during production is a vital and yet under estimated part of the process. At KeepVault we understand this better than most and were proud to help a number of productions during 2010; including ‘Sex and the City II’ and ‘Army Wives’.
“I’d like to thank my publicist, my wife, my kids, my mentor … and my online backup provider!”
Being a Mac user myself it’s been a personal goal to provide Mac support for our KeepVault customers. While the code that underpins KeepVault (“the engine”) has always been cross-platform we haven’t until recently offered a Mac user interface. Last month we rolled out phase 1 of our Mac strategy; KeepVault Connector for the Mac.
KeepVault Connector is an addin for the Windows Home Server and Windows Server platforms. It provides real-time file archiving from client PCs & Macs to a designated server via a LAN or WAN connection. Once archived to the server, these files can then be protected to the online KeepVault storage.
The ability for consumers and businesses to easily and reliably capture information from laptops and desktops is huge. IDC estimates that “as much as 60% of corporate data resides unprotected on corporate laptops and desktops”. Once KeepVault Connector is installed that problem is hugely reduced.
Look for more Mac announcements in the near future!