April is here, and Genie Timeline is better than ever!
We know many of you have been eagerly waiting for the new updates. We did not spare a single second to answer your requests, and have been working tirelessly to significantly enhance your backup process.
Did you know Genie Timeline 2012 can now schedule backups?
Yes, finally, long gone are the days when you were stuck in an automatic predetermined time interval! Genie Timeline now allows you to schedule the backup to occur to your preferred time and date. Whether it is 3am or 11pm, you can choose when and what is backed up at your comfort. You can make it recurring to run at a specific hour on a specific day; enabling this feature is as easy as clicking on the “Tools” menu from the dashboard then “Advanced Settings” and finally click the second option on the left “ Backup Schedule” and you’re good to go. If you were comfortable with the time interval, you can still do that by choosing a specific run whenever it suits you. Alternatively, you can customize your schedule when to start and when to end, or just select a starting time. Another beneficial option is choosing what your PC/laptop does after Genie completes its magic; you can choose to hibernate/ sleep/ shut down or simply do nothing!
Finally, we leave you with a case study of one of our users who sent us this letter just recently.
The new feature’s contribution has been invaluable to my daily life.
As a writer, my creative drive strikes each day at midnight, once everyone has fallen into their comfortable retreats, that’s when I can finally find the serenity I so long for. If you’re a writer, I’m confident you can relate!
The clock strikes 12:00 and consequently the ideas come rushing as a flowing river, my only option would be to yield myself and be driven to wherever this uncontrollable force takes me, and as they say “strike the iron while it’s hot”; hence I must thank the Lord for not having a writer’s block and begin my endeavour.It may take me hours to finish an article, since I always set out to perfect every writing pursuit.So, it would usually be 3 or 4 am before I put the last finishing touches and head to my beloved bed. This is when it’s essential for a backup to run, to save my work so that I won’t lose my nerves (or my job) if my laptop crashes for some reason or another.
Previously, we could not set a certain time interval for a backup; it either ran every hour/ 3 hours /8 hours or so, and it may have even crammed up our space or worse, missed out on an important change in a file.
Now, since my writing scheme is the same day to day, I can set Genie Timeline to run after I have pulled together all the bits and pieces of my targeted article, and I can rest assured that my hard work will not vanish into thin air.
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Cloud backup solutions are beginning to substitute conventional backup methods in every aspect. With increased reliability and guaranteed uptime by major cloud storage providers such as Amazon S3, it has become more convenient and more feasible to backup your business to the cloud. Servers in organizations were usually backed up regularly using tapes, with time this practice was dropped and replaced with a more modern approach such as using networked attached storage or external hard drives. However, whether you are using tapes or external media you are still vulnerable to data loss due to hardware failure, theft and catastrophes.This is where Cloud backups comes in.
Timeline Cloud is now offering support for servers and external storage with special pricing plans that cover all server types and storage space. Whatever server platform you are using, visit http://www.timelinecloud.com/Pricing to find out how you can start your server backup today.
There are MANY cloud backup solutions on the market today. It has become very difficult to know which is the right one for your needs; everyone is claiming they are the best, the easiest, the fastest, etc. After 10 years of experience in the field and hundreds of thousands of hours spent on global analytical research I have put together a list of the most important factors to consider before choosing a solution:
- In any business time is money. A key feature in a backup solution is simplicity when it comes to deployment and installation; zero hassle, zero employee intervention, zero headache. The installation should be seamless and take up little-to-no time to complete. Everything should be handled on a central, remote location on the cloud without the need to install anything on individual machines or on a complex local server.
- Configuration should be done completely in the cloud throughout the entire company; there should’nt be a need to manually configure each machine with regards to the backup settings and what data will be backed up. A solution that requires manually setting up a backup policy/job configuration should not even be a consideration.
- Why stress over using separate software to handle images of your hard disk stored on local locations when you can find a cloud backup solution that handles all of that for you? Using a cloud backup solution that supports complete DR will remove the hassle of worrying about local storage, servers, purchasing hard disks, etc.
For example: If you are away on a business trip and your Windows somehow gets corrupted you can easily repair your entire system from the cloud. With today’s high-speed internet it will only take a couple of hours to get back up and running with all of your data, applications and settings intact.
*Make sure that DR comes with “true” deduplication technology. If the Disaster Recovery is not deduped it will not be useful (Deduplication refers to backing up only one instance of a particular file throughout the world and using pointers to acknowledge who can access this file. This can be done on common files, such as Windows files to save both time and space)
- A true cloud solution is mandatory! Most cloud backup solutions use proprietary storage, backing up to their own personal servers. A true cloud solution means that your data will be stored in well known, first class storage facilities that duplicate your data throughout their global network of locations. Using a proprietary storage location has a great deal of risk since they are not as secure or reliable. In 2009 Carbonite lost the data of their customers due to proprietary storage failures. True cloud locations like Amazon, Nirvanix, etc. also have a risk but their risk is much smaller and backed with a guarantee to help protect you from such instances.
- Block Level Backup, otherwise known as Delta Backup, is crucial. Block Level Backup breaks up larger files, that are changed often, into smaller pieces and only backs up pieces that have been modified. For example: Outlook stores all emails in one large .PST file, without block level backup your Cloud solution would backup this large file (around 1 GB) each time you receive an email which will tie up your business’ bandwidth and is not very practical. Block level will allow you to only back up the modified sections of the file saving both time and space.
- Security is obviously extremely important to all businesses. A backup solution is handling important data and time and effort should be made to make sure that it is secure. The key things to look out for is that the backup will be encrypted using AES-256 or higher, your backup is encrypted at the source and that you are given the ability to authorize personal encryption for key people in the company, such as the CEO.
- One of the major benefits with leveraging the cloud is the ability to access your data at all times. Your backup solution should provide the same convenience. You should be able to access your backed up data through a web interface and/or your mobile device. By access this means the ability to restore, view, share and maybe even edit.
- Speed!!! Backing up an entire computer, let alone a company, can be extremely time consuming. There are different technologies that help speed up the process; make sure the solution you choose uses these technologies. Most cloud solutions on the market are extremely slow and give little to no options when it comes to throttling the bandwidth. A backup solution that is slow negates all other fancy features that it may contain.
- Strong management consoles are often overlooked. A powerful web console can make or break a backup solution. The management section should allow you to completely control your entire company’s backup; You should be able to view reports and monitor activity, edit, add and suspend users, create/edit backup policies, control security, etc. all directly from the cloud. Many backup solutions on the market claim to have such management functionality, but at the end of the day all it does is handle the billing, which is important but not the only important thing.
- There is no point in backing up if you cannot restore. The backup solution you choose should come with a variety of restore options. Backup has come a long way from single file restore, emailing compressed files, or requesting a CD with the restored data to be shipped which can take a lot of time. In this fast paced day and age, time is of the essence, so restoring a file should be done in seconds. There should be several restore options, such as file restore, folder restore, drag and drop restore, restoring deleted files, restore from an older version, and complete Disaster Recovery restore. These options should also be available in remote locations such as from a web interface or a mobile device.
- Data is critical and losing your data can be detrimental! Make sure the backup solution you choose gives you the ability to restore your entire machine easily and quickly incase anything were to happen to your data. You should have the option to restore data to its original location and even restore Windows files if needed.
- Cost!!! As a business owner the last thing you need to worry about is another bill. Payment should be straightforward, one flat fee and without surprise charges.
- Features and bells and whistles are great but if it affects your computer’s performance it is going to slow productivity. You should not be able to feel the impact of a backup solution and it should never interrupt your work. To have different performance modes, such as battery mode or presentation mode, are key. For example: If you are presenting a PowerPoint to an important customer you should not have to feel a hang because a backup has started. The solution should intelligently notice that you are running a presentation and slow down the backup so that it goes unnoticed.
- Finally, as a business, you need something that is simple to setup, worry free, and requires little to no learning curve. A set-it-and-forget-it type of solution is ideal.
We here at Genie9 have spent years working on creating a cloud backup solution to change the way business-wide backup is done. We are proud to say that Timeline Cloud addresses all of the above requirements. Our main goal was to create a real cloud backup solution for Windows that goes above and beyond just sending a copy of your data to the cloud and referring to it as a backup. You can now try Timeline Cloud for FREE.
How much risk are you willing to take with your data? Could your company survive if your systems crashed and your data wasn’t available for a day, a week or a month? Chances are you’d be in the same boat as so many other companies that go out of business when their data is lost.
So what do you do to protect yourself? The answer might seem a bit obvious, but it isn’t. Sure, you need to back up your data. That’s pretty obvious. What isn’t obvious is where and how you do it.
If your business does a lot of transactions or makes modifications to files frequently, then you need a backup product that works as hard as you do. You need to keep constant vigilance over your data. In this case, you should consider a software program that will make constant backups of your data when it changes.
If your company makes relatively few changes on an hourly basis — changes that can be easily recreated if they are lost temporarily — then you might consider a product that backs up your system on a daily basis. If you are in business, then it is probably too risky to just do weekly backups; too much data could be lost.
Now consider where you want to put your backups. Backing up locally means you can access your backups very quickly. This is a great way to do full system restores or to grab a file or folder that was accidently deleted without delay.
However, local backups have their issues as well. If your company is hit by a natural disaster, such as a flood, earthquake, fire or storm and the local office is without power or destroyed, then you will want to have an offsite backup as well. Backing up to a cloud-based service, in conjunction with local backup, gives you the best of both worlds. Cloud backup gives you the ability to restore your system anywhere, anytime. It will be a slower process than a network-attached backup server, but if that backup server is also destroyed or unable to power up, it’s your best alternative.
Experts recommend that you opt for a backup solution that provides you with the greatest flexibility — local and remote, file-based for quick backups with the ability to do a bare-metal restore, and a simple interface that will make the entire process easy when you in the midst of a stressful event.
For more information on cloud- and local-based backups with continuous data protection, visit Genie9 at http://www.genie9.com
Virtualization has been touted as the future of data center computing — fewer pieces of hardware are consolidated to address the same or more computing requirements than in the past. However, as IT managers consolidate their resources, the question arises: Do I back up my virtual machine or simply make another copy of it?
One of the misconceptions about virtualization is that as you reduce the amount of computing resources, you also reduce storage resources. In fact, the opposite is true; storage becomes more important and a larger percentage overall of the IT budget.
Generally speaking, backup software will treat the virtual machines differently than a physical server. Running multiple virtual servers on a single physical server results in better resource use during normal operations but can, in some cases, overwhelm those resources during backup. When you have multiple virtual servers running on one host, performance could be reduced during a backup as applications battle for bandwidth. You can, however, run the backup in the background, reducing this fight for resources.
Backing up a in a virtual environment generally requires that VMs be shut down or put into a saved state. This is because part of the virtual machine state information is stored in memory. The state information in memory, plus the state of the virtual hard disk files, along with the state of the configuration file, makes up the current state of the virtual machine. If you choose to back up the files for a running virtual machine, they are most likely in an inconsistent state. Backing the virtual volumes in this state can result in corrupted data in the backup copy.
For additional information on backup products and technology, visit www.genie9.com
Users today are inundated with backup tools. Some come with the Windows operating system. Some are bundled in with DVD-writing software. Still others are stand-alone disk imaging or file-based backup products. It is easy to information overload, making it difficult to make a decision as to which is best for a given user’s circumstances.
Here are some rules to help you decide which product is right for you.
First, let’s start with products that ship with the operating system. Millions of users today still use Windows XP and Vista. These operating systems come with a utility called Windows Restore. While that might sound like a general purpose backup product, it is not. It only restores key Windows files. If your system has a failure, Windows Restore might get Windows working again, but it will not help you restore your data or applications.
Windows 7 and Vista offer a Backup & Restore feature, but if you want to back up to a network location, you will need the Professional or Ultimate versions. The capabilities found in the Windows backup offering are rather basic; if you require continuous data backup, deduplication, or other advanced capabilities, you need to look at backup products from vendors that specialize in backup, such as Genie9’s Timeline.
As noted, some programs that are designed for particular applications, such as disc-burning software, also are bundled with a rudimentary backup program. These are generally programs that will give you the most basic of backup capabilities; they are not meant to a disaster recovery or full system backup application. Companies that bundle these utilities with their primary programs are not in the backup business. They often will purchase barebones backup applications from other companies and add them to their “suites,” just so they can say they offer backup.
In order to get the best backup programs, you should look at companies that make their business in backup. While it is no guarantee that a company that sells primarily backup products will have the best offerings for every user, you generally can expect a higher quality backup program with a better user interface from a backup company rather than someone who just buys software and bundles it as a check-off item.
Now that you’ve decided to buy from a vendor that specializes in backup, how do you choose which is right for you? First, look at the company’s offerings. If a company offers primarily consumer-based programs with minimal functionality and scalability, it’s generally not the best choice for a small to mid-size business. Ideally, you will want to download a trial version of the software and put it through its paces in your environment. There are big differences amongst the different backup products in terms of usability, scalability, features and functions. Getting hands-on experience with the various products will help you decide.
Some companies have offerings specifically designed for the small and mid-size business. Many of these products are touted to be easy to use, but they might not be right for you. If your software vendor won’t let you try out their software first, it’s time to find a new vendor.
Support is crucial. If your vendor makes support difficult to use, find a new vendor. Look for a company that offers a knowledge base, tutorials, forums and other user-to-user resources, as well as access to a real helpdesk.
Remember to identify the key capabilities you need. Here are some considerations. Remember, not all of these might apply to your needs, so picking the right capabilities will help you start to narrow your choices
- Easy to install
- Easy to use and to support
- Continuous data backups
- Disaster Recovery
- Backup locally, to the network, or to the cloud
- File-based or image-based backups
- Data deduplication
- Works on all of your devices (laptop, tablet, cell phone)
- Let’s you select what data you want backed up
Remember, backing up data is easy – there are lots of products that can back up your data. Restoring it reliably and securely is hard. Make sure you select a product that can restore your data correctly the first time safely and reliably. For additional information on backup and recovery, please visit www.genie9.com
Online backup company Mozy has officially announced that it is dropping its popular unlimited storage plan and raising its prices for all new users and existing customers. Mozy explains that the cost of online backups has increased and therefore they had to increase the prices for the users as well, so now existing users who have already uploaded a large amount of data that exceeds the new plans limits are going to have to pay the extra charges for the rest of their plan, so needless to say people are starting to look for Mozy alternatives.
While the prices of online backup services are increasing and it has become very expensive to afford a yearly plan of online backups, if you search BestBuy or Amazon.com for the prices of an external hard drive unit that has 1 TeraByte of space (that is 1000 GB’s) you will find that a cost of a drive from even the best brands costs a lot less for something that you will only have to purchase once and can use for many years to come. Backing up your computer’s data and lifetime of photos, music, office files, financial documents, internet bookmarks and your email has become a necessity. Although storage mediums are wide spread and can easily be obtained, finding reliable backup software that combines an easy to use interface with all the backup functionality and requirements might prove hard.
Genie Timeline 2.1 is a time machine backup software for Windows that automatically and continuously backs up music files, videos, photos, documents, files and folders on your machine with little or no user intervention. With Genie Timeline, there is no need to know what to backup, where or what backup strategy to follow as it does it all for you. Just set it and forget it!
Winner of the TOPTENReviews.com best continuous data protection on the market, the idea behind Timeline is to connect it to your external hard drive or NAS and leave it to do its job.
So a cheap and reliable alternative to Mozy and all online backup utilities can be brought down to two things, an external storage device and Timeline 2.1
We here at Genie-soft produced this video to help people better understand the purpose and functionality of the Genie Timeline 2.1™ product. We are very happy to have released this amazing product that is going to make backup accessible to anyone as well as stress the importance of having a backup program on every computer.
Genie Timeline 2.1™ is simple, automatic backup for home users, professional users and businesses looking to fully protect their machines against all possible threats. Doesn’t matter if it’s a crash, virus, wrong drivers, or you just accidentally removed something; a backup ensures that you can restore your system back with no problems.
Genie-soft proudly introduces our latest software Genie Timeline Business 2.1.
Genie Timeline Business 2.1 was created to cater to the backup needs of businesses looking for a powerful, reliable, easy to use software that will ensure full system backup and recovery for every computer. Whether your company has 5 computers or 5,000 computers you can dramatically reduce the time of deploying your backup system with the use of the Administrative Template (ADM) component that works with Active Directory and Group Policies to pre-configure all backup settings and perform remote deployment.
To learn more about Genie Timeline Business please visit our site: http://genie-soft.com/business/genie_timeline_business/overview.aspx
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