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Delta Copies and Compression in Synchronisation

Delta Copies and Compression in Synchronisation     

File transfers must be efficient when synchronising files over WAN links. This includes transferring files to cloud providers such as Azure or Amazon AWS. Data sets continue to grow and upload speeds of Internet connections have not always kept up. An efficient file synchronisation application like SureSync is a critical part of your network infrastructure when you have a need to share files between multiple office locations.

The Communications Agent (included in SureSync Pro & Collaboration) offers a number of performance enhancing features that can be used to perform critical file transfers as efficiently as possible. Important features include:

Change Journal Support
When synchronising via UNC path, a folder structure must be completely scanned each time a Job is run to detect change. When scanning over a connection with latency, this scan can significantly slow down processing. With the Communications Agent, the NTFS Change Journal is used to minimise scanning. With the Change Journal, a full scan is not needed each time a Job is run and subfolder scans are used only when optimal. This one feature alone will significantly increase the speed of your synchronisation and replication jobs.

 

Delta Copies
The Communications Agent will utilize Microsoft’s Remote Differential Compression (RDC) functionality to copy only the changed portions of a file when replacing a file with an updated version. Copying only the changes can greatly reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for that file transfer.


Compression 
The Communications Agent can compress the data stream during transmission to further optimise file transmissions. The compression routines will cause the Communications Agent to use some CPU time to process the compression while reducing the amount of data that needs to be transferred across slower connections.


SureSync
is a feature rich enterprise grade application designed to make file synchronisation and replication tasks efficient and as easy as possible. The Communications Agent unlocks powerful benefits when transferring files over WAN connections. If you have any questions, please contact the Open Seas team for further details.

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Created On  29 Nov 2017 13:43 in File SynchronisationSoftware PursuitsBackup and Storage  -  Permalink
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Protecting Your SQL Databases Cost Effectively

Protecting Your SQL Databases Cost Effectively

SureSync SQL Protection from Software Pursuits provides the most cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for protecting mission critical SQL databases on MS SQL Server or SQL Express. 

SureSync SQL Protection allows you to:

  • Automate SQL backups using SureSync's simple user interface.
  • You can schedule Full, Incremental & Differential backups of your SQL databases.
  • With SQL log backups running every few minutes you can have as many near real time copies of your SQL DBs as you like
  • SureSync SQL Protection can continuously & automatically restore your SQL backups into standby servers to validate backups and speed recovery.
  • There is no limit to the software to the number of size of databases to backed up. 


SureSync SQL Protection is licensed per source server, no matter how many SQL Instances or SQL databases are on that server. There is no license requirement for the target server(s) making this possibly the least expensive near rea- time backup solution for your SQL databases.  

Contact Software Pursuits for a free, no obligation 30 day trial.


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Created On  29 Oct 2017 8:52 in File SynchronisationBackup and StorageSoftware Pursuits  -  Permalink
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How To Increase Your Cyber Security

How To Increase Your Cyber Security
Regardless of size or experience, all businesses should be conscious regarding cyber security. It has become too big of an issue to ignore as cybercriminals continue to learn new ways to breach even the most sophisticated security solutions. Luckily, there are actionable steps you can take to improve internet safety.

Prevent Cyber Attack



No business is completely shielded from a cyber attack regardless of how new or complex the security software is. Every business must take a proactive stance to defend their customers. Preventing cyber attacks should be a top priority because all it takes is one breach to ruin a company’s reputation.

Businesses that implement a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy must take extra precautions since it can involve multiple types of devices and operating systems. Remote employees must be careful about public WiFi hotspots at establishments such as restaurants, hotels, and airports since not all of them have sufficient security. At one time, businesses could get away with minimal security, but that era is becoming ancient internet history.

Raising Awareness



The solution to preventing attacks is a mix of software, training, and planning with well-envisioned company policies. Modern machine learning software can monitor networks and detect intruders. Employees should be trained on how to steer clear of malware. Also, developing a data backup and recovery plan completes the equation to build strong layers of protection around your assets.

With a virtual private network (VPN), you will be able to encrypt data, which adds another layer of production. Backing up data to a virtual cloud server diminishes the threats posed by ransomware, which is a malware with a ransom demand attached. You won’t have to worry about your data getting lost or damaged if it’s backed up in multiple places.

October is a National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an excellent time for businesses to review your security threats and strategies to counter them. This is especially important as many security breaches are caused by employee error.

When employees are not trained against unauthorised access or attack, it opens the door to vulnerabilities, such as using the same passwords for different accounts. It’s also better to use hard-to-read passwords. By using complex alpha-numeric passwords combined with PIN numbers, you will slow down hackers to the point they may give up. Employees must also be advised to be careful clicking anything that is unfamiliar or triggers even the slightest suspicion.

Steps to Enhance Security

Change passwords throughout the year
Establish two-factor authentication (TFA)
Avoid posting private information on social media
Train staff to be selective of applications and websites
Use modern security solutions, such as 24/7 monitoring

Every business needs to demonstrate expertise in protecting its data and IT infrastructure



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Created On  24 Oct 2017 15:32 in Security SoftwareSystem Performance & Event Management  -  Permalink
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High Speed Low Bandwidth File Synchronisation

High Speed Low Bandwidth File Synchronisation

File transfers must be efficient when synchronising files over WAN links. This includes transferring files to cloud providers such as Azure or Amazon AWS. Data sets continue to grow and upload speeds of Internet connections have not always kept up. An efficient file synchronisation application like SureSync is a critical part of your network infrastructure when you have a need to share files between multiple office locations.

The SureSync Communications Agent (included in SureSync Pro & Collaboration) offers a number of performance enhancing features that can be used to perform critical file transfers as efficiently as possible. Important features include:

Change Journal Support

When synchronising via UNC path, a folder structure must be completely scanned each time a Job is run to detect change. When scanning over a connection with latency, this scan can significantly slow down processing. With the Communications Agent, the NTFS Change Journal is used to minimize scanning. With the Change Journal, a full scan is not needed each time a Job is run and subfolder scans are used only when optimal. This one feature alone will significantly increase the speed of your synchronisation and replication jobs.

Delta Copies

The SureSync Communications Agent will utilise Microsoft’s Remote Differential Compression (RDC) functionality to copy only the changed portions of a file when replacing a file with an updated version. Copying only the changes can greatly reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for that file transfer.


Compression

The Communications Agent can compress the data stream during transmission to further optimise file transmissions. The compression routines will cause the SureSync Communications Agent to use some CPU time to process the compression while reducing the amount of data that needs to be transferred across slower connections.

SureSync is a feature rich, enterprise grade application designed to make file synchronisation and replication tasks efficient and as easy as possible. The Communications Agent unlocks powerful performance benefits when transferring files over WAN connections. If you have questions, please contact our team for further details.



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Created On  22 Oct 2017 9:12 in File SynchronisationBackup and StorageSoftware Pursuits  -  Permalink
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On-prem & Cloud File Synchronisation for High Availability

On-prem & Cloud File Synchronisation for High Availability



Disaster recovery and maintaining availability used to require dedicated hardware that would largely sit idle waiting for network outages, or worse, disasters to occur. Idle infrastructure costs money that is largely wasted. The cloud has been a game changing development in this space for IT teams, enabling a company to rapidly bring up a virtual environment allowing employees access to files and vital information to stay productive. In a disaster scenario, the virtual environment can be connected via site-to-site VPN connections. This allows users in unaffected offices to quickly regain access to critical files and systems.


The cloud for disaster recovery and availability is not without challenges. One of the primary issues is ensuring that your company’s data is present and up-to-date in the cloud. A functional virtualised office without the most recent user data is useless. Transferring files can be a time consuming and an error prone process without an enterprise grade file synchronisation solution. SureSync can quickly and efficiently move your data into the cloud and keep it current in an automated manner.

SureSync’s TCP based Communications Agent provides a number of performance enhancing features for performing high volume file synchronization. To get started, simply install the Communications Agent in a virtual machine in the cloud with adequate storage attached. You have the option to use features such as Remote Differential Compression (RDC) deltas, compression, encryption and Change Journal support to efficiently keep a cloud copy of your critical data available. Data can be moved continuously as files change with a Real-Time Monitor, 24x7.

Building an environment in the cloud is only part of the puzzle. You cannot achieve true cloud disaster recovery and availability without up-to-date copies of your critical files. SureSync’s powerful feature set can be a critical piece of your company’s cloud solution.



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Created On  17 Oct 2017 10:14 in File SynchronisationBackup and StorageSoftware Pursuits  -  Permalink
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SureSync - Version 8 : Consultancy and Upgrade Offer

SureSync - Version 8 : Consultancy and Upgrade Offer Open Seas are offering those customers who are too busy  , the opportunity for us to upgrade your  SureSync Software on your behalf  .

Should this be of interest to you , please contact us on sales@openseas.co.uk  for a quotation or if you would like to find out more , please call 01235 537391 .

The benefits of version 8 are listed below .


Ready for More Power?
SureSync Data Protection & Availability Suite version 8 enhances synchronisation performance, simplifies product management and protect important files. Some of the top new features include:
 
1. TCP Performance Enhancements: The Communications Agent has been enhanced to significantly increase copy performance in environments with higher levels of latency (60+ ms). If you need to move large amounts of data over WAN connections, you will want this performance enhancement right away. In some test situations with 120ms of latency, improvements of copy performance in excess of 150% have been noted.

2. Backup Root Paths: It's a Recycle Bin for a SureSync Job! With a Backup Root Path defined, any time a delete or replace occurs the old version of the file is temporarily stored in the backup root. This includes situations where you choose to resolve multiple updates in a multi-directional Rule automatically by copying the latest.

3. Enhanced E-mail Alerts: Take further control of your e-mail alerts with new filters. Want to receive an e-mail alert only if a path has been offline for 15 minutes or more? Want to send different alerts to different users? All of this (and more) can easily be accomplished with SureSync's new enhanced e-mail alerts.



Created On  12 Sep 2017 12:12 in File SynchronisationBackup and StorageOpen Seas  -  Permalink
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