As MSPs expand beyond file-level backup, the big opportunity ahead is Microsoft Exchange Backup. CloudBerry Lab explains how to get started.
My previous guest blog described why MSPs need to push beyond file-level backup to offer database backup. A natural first step, I noted, involves backup services for Microsoft SQL Server -- which continues to enjoy double-digit sales growth. But don’t end your journey there. Expand your scope to include Exchange Server backup.
My reasoning is simple: In 2012, Exchange controlled 53 percent of the corporate email market. That figure will grow to 68 percent by 2016, predicts The Radicati Group, as businesses increasingly standardize on Microsoft's email and collaboration platform.
That spells opportunities for MSPs. Email remains the lifeblood of most businesses. Lost messages often mean lost productivity. Even worse: Businesses that fail to properly safeguard their email databases may wind up violating government regulations and corporate compliance mandates.
With those harsh realities in mind, CloudBerry Lab's MSP partner base asked us for help in the email backup market. Our new CloudBerry Backup for Microsoft Exchange Server answers that call for help, and automates database backup to more than 15 supported cloud storage platforms.
Indeed, the solution allows MSPs to back up on-premises Exchange systems to public clouds like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Glacier, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Rackspace and OpenStack-compatible clouds.
Alexander Negrash is director of marketing at CloudBerry Lab, a leading cloud storage service provider that works closely with MSPs. Monthly guest blogs such as this one are part of MSPmentor's annual platinum sponsorship.