• What Can the Cloud Do for Your Business?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 19, 2013

    From driving revenue to increasing productivity to analyzing big data, it’s clear that the cloud is really changing the ways small businesses operate! But with all this potential, some businesses are still unsure about transitioning to the cloud. That’s understandable, because with new technologies emerging every day, it can be hard to identify the useful tools in a sea of fleeting fads.

    You’ve got a lot on your plate, so let us help you cut through the cloud clutter. Here are a few ways the cloud can help you streamline business practices:

    Data Recovery: Having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan is essential for every small business, and the cloud makes it easy. After a data disaster, the cloud can help you quickly retrieve and restore any lost information – and getting back up and running as quickly as possible makes all the difference for SMBs.

    Cost Savings: Peace of mind is priceless, but we know that business owners have budgets. Fortunately, the cloud is inexpensive to implement, so you can operate efficiently without breaking the bank.

    Scalability: As a business grows, so do your data needs. The cloud is versatile enough to scale with your business, allowing you to quickly and easily make changes to you storage capacity.

    When you migrate tasks to the cloud, you can rest assured knowing your business can stay on track no matter what’s going on in the office!

  • Currents Keeps You Working Even When You Are Out of Office

    by Lynnette Nolan | Feb 15, 2013
    If you find yourself home sick this winter, it's easy to stay connected to the office – and your important files. Even if you've left your computer on your desk the night before, you still have access to 30 days of your most recent files with Currents. So now you can keep things moving at work while you recover at home. 

    When you download the Currents app on all the devices you work on, you can automatically access your most important files no matter where you are, or what gadget you have with you. Plus, if you're already under the weather, you can eliminate the headache of trying to keep track of multiple emails back and forth to yourself and your team as you work on documents that require attention from each of you. With Currents, you can edit, comment and share with your collaborators within the app. And if you or one of your coworkers makes a bad, cough-syrup induced edit, you're covered because Currents keeps all your versions and allows you to easily revert back.

    Here are a few ways Currents can help you tackle work while you battle that bug that keeps making its way around your office:
    • If your account manager is out for a day, but her laptop isn't with her, no worries! You can share files with her via the Currents interface on PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.
    • You don’t even have to know if your coworker is a Currents user – simply enter her email address, specify her access control level and send the brief you need her to approve.
    • If she is not already a Currents user, she can still view the file you've sent. She'll also receive an email to sign up with Currents for free. Once she's a user too, she'll gain access to the editing and collaboration features.
    If you are working on something with multiple stakeholders, you can share a file with all of them. Plus, sharing a file automatically moves it to the top of everyone's file list – and the top of their mind!

    When you're under deadline, Currents makes working from wherever you are easier. Even if you're under the weather.
  • Ask a Carbonista: Can I Access My Backup When I'm Away from My Computer?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Feb 01, 2013

    You know that when it comes to backing up, we're all about simplicity and peace of mind. But were you aware that your Carbonite subscription goes beyond just protecting the files on your computer?

    If you've ever forgotten to email your notes to the team before heading off to vacation or forgot to print off an assignment before you left the dorm, you know that peace of mind means more than just having safe files – it means knowing you can access your documents no matter where you are.

    We often hear form our customers about how much they love Anytime Anywhere Access, which allows them to remotely access and restore files in their backup.

    With the Anytime Anywhere Access feature, you can browse, view and share files from any computer by logging into the Carbonite website with your account credentials. Smartphone and tablet users can do the same, simply by downloading the Carbonite Mobile app!

    In addition to viewing or sharing files, Anytime Anywhere Access also allows you to restore a backed up file or folder. (Users looking to do a complete restore can also easily use Restore Manager in the Carbonite software installed on their computer of course). And, remember restoring a file doesn’t remove it from your backup.

  • Making Carbonite Currents: Behind the Scenes with Product Manager, Chris

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 23, 2013

    After working on the Currents project for months, my team and I are excited to finally launch the public beta! In yesterday’s post, Swami explained how Currents can change the way we work. Today, I wanted to give you a little flavor for how the project started and how the team operates:

    Last year, we found ourselves asking these questions:

    • How do we adapt the Carbonite experience to a world where people now commonly work on multiple devices?
    • How are people moving their files between devices today? Do existing products meet their needs?
    • Beyond simply having access to their work, what else do people want to do with their files?

    The original team consisted of just two developers. They quickly built a prototype that allowed us to test and validate the concept that would eventually become known as Currents - a single, unified view of your recent work across all of your devices. The Currents team continued to iterate on the product, releasing an update every two weeks that was tested and evaluated by a small group of outside users. Over time, we narrowed in on the scope of what we felt would be a compelling product that allowed users to seamlessly work across devices as well as share and collaborate with others.

    The team, which now consists of developers, user researchers, visual designers, marketing folks and product managers all sit and work together in an open area designed to encourage collaboration and product development. Our walls are covered with user feedback scrawled on sticky notes so that it is clear to everyone what we are hearing, how people are using the product, and where we need to focus. The Currents beta that launched this week is the culmination of months of user research, testing and development and the team is very excited to get it into the hands of a wide audience.

    We encourage you to go try out Currents (download it here) and let us know what you think by sending a note to ccfeedback@carbonite.com. There's a good chance your feedback will end up on a sticky note on our wall and influence the future of a rapidly evolving product.

  • Introducing Currents Beta! A Post by our EVP of New Ventures

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 22, 2013

    Backing up your computer used to be cumbersome and expensive. Several years ago, when Carbonite was just getting started, we bet that if we made cloud backup simple and affordable, everyone would use it. When we placed that bet seven years ago, all five of us fit in CEO Dave Friend’s home office. And it really paid off: to date we've backed up over 200 billion files, take in about 300 million per day and we've restored over 7 billion files that would have otherwise been lost forever to very happy customers.

    The technology world has changed a lot since we started the company. Today, people are creating and consuming more data than ever and doing so across multiple devices and cloud services. We have the freedom to connect, share and collaborate in ways that were hard to imagine just a few years ago.

    But, with all this freedom comes complexity and confusion. For example, my files are scattered all over the place (two computers, an iPhone, iPad and Google Drive). I have links in emails to files people have shared with me. I want access to the stuff I’m working on no matter where I am or which device I’m using. Lots of people find themselves in the same situation. Some email stuff to themselves. Others (including me) put stuff in a synced folder (but you have to remember to do that!). And so a lot of time and energy that could be spent on getting work done instead goes into dealing with digital clutter.

    My New Ventures team at Carbonite is working to bring order and simplicity to this confusion – just like we did with backup seven years ago. Today I’m excited to announce the launch of Currents (beta). Currents is a free set of apps (for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac) that keep the files you’re currently working on at your fingertips. Currents is our first step in that direction. You can read more to learn how Currents works or you can check it out at Carbonite Labs.

    Currents is a list of files that you've created, opened or saved on any of your devices within the last 30 days. The list appears with one click, and the files on the list are kept synced across all your devices. Just work the way you usually work, and Currents will keep track of everything! For example, you can create a PowerPoint presentation at the office, save it and go home, and you'll find it waiting on the Currents list on your home computer (and on your phone or tablet on the way home!).

    Currents also makes it really easy to share and collaborate on your files with others. You can control who may view, or edit on any given file with just a couple of clicks. If you share a file and then make changes, the people you share it with will automatically get the newest version. You and your collaborators can exchange comments on files right within the app. And if someone makes a mistake, or you accidentally delete something, no problem because Currents keeps previous versions.

    I hope you'll download the free Currents beta on all of the devices you work on and let us know what you think!

    - Swami Kumaresan

  • Putting the Cloud to Work for Your SMB

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 21, 2013

    The cloud is a valuable asset for small businesses with vast responsibilities, but minimal resources. With cloud solutions, SMBs can solve IT dilemmas that they might otherwise need to outsource, often at a high cost. This Wall Street Journal article highlights companies that have turned to the cloud and reduced their third-party IT costs by thousands of dollars!

    Cloud applications are becoming commonplace solutions for businesses, and when SMBs put the cloud to work, they can increase productivity and cut IT-related costs. Some of the more popular ways small businesses are using the cloud today include:

    • Email, like Gmail or Office 365
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM), like Salesforce
    • Financial software, likeQuickBooks Online
    • And of course, backup – like Carbonite!

    How does your small business put the cloud to use? At Carbonite, our business is the cloud. If you’re interested in the better backup plan for yours, give us a call. You can even try us free for 30-days , with no risk or commitment.

     

  • Make 2013 the Year You Keep Those Resolutions

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 07, 2013

    It's the first Monday of the New Year, and now that the champagne has worn off, the confetti has been cleaned up and reality has settled back in, our resolutions seem a little more daunting than they did on December 31st. So we wanted to share some tips to help you regroup after the hectic holiday season!

    If spending more time with your loved ones topped your resolution list this year, Slate suggests recording the memories you make. (Plus, with Carbonite Mobile, you can back up the pictures and videos stored on your smartphone – which you can then access from any tablet or computer!)

    Or, for those of you who've resolved to take more time to yourselves (here's looking at you, small business owners), escape the daily grind for a bit while still feeling productive by ping into one of the business books on Inc.'s Top 5 of 2012 list.

    Whatever your 2013 resolutions may be, you're more likely to keep it if you've made it public. So enlist a friend, tell them your plan and make this Monday no-so-manic by embracing the opportunity to make some positive changes.

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #4

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 15, 2012

    Carbonite SVP of Cloud Backup Pete Lamson is sharing his top five tips for busy professional to stay connected with their industry in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You can check out previous tips here:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Tip #2: Attend an industry event

    Tip #3: Connect with your community

    Tip #4: Step up your social networking

    Facebook is helpful for keeping in touch with friends and interacting with your favorite brands, but there are a number of other communities that promote education and news specific to an industry. LinkedIn is a great place to start looking for professional groups for nearly any industry, and there are industry-specific communities like Spiceworks (for IT professionals) where people can share insights, ask questions and interact with likeminded professionals.

    These tips are just a few ways you can stay connected to other professionals in your field. If you’re interested in how technology can help your small business, start a free 30-day trial, visit www.carbonite.com, call the Carbonite business team at 1-855-CARB-BIZ (1-855-227-2249) or email business@carbonite.com for a no-cost consultation on backing up your business. Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expires November 30, 2012).

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #1

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 12, 2012

    As SVP of Cloud Backup at Carbonite, I spend a lot of time speaking to small businesses about the challenges they are facing. The one that I hear over and over again is that there’s just not enough time to get everything done. While I can help ensure small businesses are able to back up their data without having to take any time away from their work, nothing can add hours to the day (though I’m sure it’s being worked on in some lab right now!)

    When you’re running your own business, it can seem like you don’t have time to catch your breath, much less take the time for professional development. But one of the responsibilities of leading a business is keeping up to date with the newest trends and developments in your industry. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, I’ve compiled five tips that will help busy leaders stay connected to their industry. I’ll share one each day this week:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Webinars are a great way to learn about best practices, new solutions and trends without ever having to leave your desk. No matter your interest, there’s probably a webinar for you. Look for free live webinars that allow participants to ask the panelists questions after the information is presented. Carbonite has an ongoing educational webinar series that covers such topics as disaster preparedness, backing up in a HIPAA-compliant office and end-of-year planning.

    These tips are just a few ways you can stay connected to other professionals in your field. If you’re interested in how technology can help your small business, start a free 30-day trial, visit www.carbonite.com, call the Carbonite business team at 1-855-CARB-BIZ or email business@carbonite.com for a no-cost consultation on backing up your business. Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expire November 30, 2012).