As more data is stored in the cloud and on mobile devices, not backing up personal data – or worse, business data – is as irresponsible as leaving the front door of your home unlocked and wide open while you are on vacation. Without taking proactive measures to protect data, end users and businesses could be setting themselves up for disaster when something inevitably occurs.
Surprisingly, even web hosts are guilty of not doing enough to ensure user data is properly backed up in the event of a disaster.
“The one common mistake that I see around hosting companies is that they always think they are immune of anything bad happening to them,” Charif El Ansari, CEO of backup service provider Dropmysite said. “Adding an extra layer of protection is extremely important and not so expensive as well.”
Based in Singapore, Dropmysite is a provider of website, database and mobile backup services. It works with small and mid-sized businesses, as well as hosting providers, to offer a simple, cost-effective solution for monitoring and managing data backup in the cloud.
John Fearon started Dropmysite in September 2011 in light of his own bad experience when he lost all the data on a business website.
While he was still working at Google as head of sales and business development in Asia, El Ansari met Fearon. He was the one of the first investors in the company and joined Dropmysite as CEO in October 2013.
“When he pitched this idea to me I thought it was just fantastic, and I invested in the company,” El Ansari said. “As time went by he realized that he wanted to take the company to the next level and then I decided to join the company as CEO.”
Similar to the US, Japan has a growing cloud market. Recently, Microsoft opened two Japanese regions to users of its Azure public cloud service.
“Japan is very much in line with the rest of the world. If you look at Japan the total economy is almost flat or growing at 1 percent. But then when you look at the growth of the cloud business, it’s at 15 percent. That tells you something,” El Ansari said. “These numbers, the double-digit growth we’re seeing in Japan, is very much in line with other parts of the world, whether it’s the US, or other parts of Asia, or Europe. What this tells me is the cloud business, whether it’s PaaS, IaaS or SaaS like Dropmysite, is clearly the trend not just in Japan, but around the world.”
Japan is a popular location for businesses expanding in Asia for many key reasons, including a good legal system and strong infrastructure.
“Singapore has been a fantastic place for Internet companies to start and be managed. The government does a fantastic job in creating the right ecosystem. In the past three to four years the whole venture and startup scene has really blossomed in Singapore.”
El Ansari said there has been “a lot of effort from the government to create this ecosystem in Singapore.” There are also a “lot of tax benefits, they help with funding, they partner with VCs and co-fund companies.”
Dropmysite has focused on providing backup services to SMBs, but also has more recently partnered with hosting providers to reach their end-customers as well. Its latest partnership was with Paperboy, one of the leading hosting providers in Japan. (Pictured are Sato Kentaro, president of paperboy&co. and El-Ansari).
“When you think about the small businesses, you’ve got to simplify their lives. Whatever it is, whatever service you’re offering to them has to be really easy to use, very simple to sign into, and scalable. And that’s what we’ve been doing,” El Ansari said. “What we’ve been thinking lately is that the last thing a small business wants is to yet another provider, yet another bill to be paid by them.”
And this is where the hosting provider comes in. The SMB is already paying for hosting, so adding on website or mobile backup, but being able to work with the same provider and pay one bill, is an easy and seamless experience.
Over the past few months, El Ansari said Dropmysite has focused on being available on every “meaningful control panel in the market” including cPanel and Parallels Plesk.
Dropmysite leverages AWS because of its international availability, and offers a solution for select hosting providers to host backup on-premise in their own data centers, El Ansari said.
Next up for the company is focusing on mobile. Dropmysite plans to offer a mobile backup platform soon that hosting providers will be able to offer their end-users.
The company will be exhibiting at HostingCon next week. Visit Dropmysite at booth #340 to learn more.