Application-Consistent Backup the Only Effective Way to Move to the Cloud With Security, Peace of Mind, Says Infinitely Virtual CEO

Server Snapshots Seen Providing Unequaled Data Restoration; In Wake of Passing Rigid Audit with Flying Colors, Stern Available to Address Best Practices for SMBs

Big Data Summit 2012

SANTA MONICA, CA, March 06, 2012 –/– For businesses contemplating a move to the cloud, there’s backup – and then there’s backup.

According to Infinitely Virtual, a leading provider of virtual server cloud computing services for small and mid-size businesses, data protection and backup must occur at the highest level, if cloud migration and implementation initiatives are to be successful.

The company knows whereof it speaks. Infinitely Virtual announced today that it has passed the SSAE (Standards for Attestation Engagements) No. 16 Type II audit, one of the most rigorous auditing standards for hosting companies. Conducted by The Moore Group, CPA, the audit confirms the highest level of service and reliability attainable for a virtual server hosting company. To be SSAE compliant, a hosting provider should offer SSL capability, enterprise-level, application level protection, hardware firewall, IP-restricted FTP, managed backups with 14-day retention, advanced monitoring and multi-level intrusion prevention.

“Having passed the SSAE 16 audit is another indication of our commitment to providing customers with the most secure, technologically advanced hosting service in the marketplace,” said Adam Stern, Infinitely Virtual founder and CEO. “Companies using our hosting service now can achieve SSAE 16 compliance without the expense. But there’s a message here for every small and midsize business evaluating cloud hosting – being a smart IT consumer means understanding, at a very basic level, what best practices are, and how to locate providers who adhere to them consistently.”

Adam Stern’s company helps businesses move from obsolete hardware investments to an IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service] cloud platform, providing them the flexibility and scalability to transition select data operations from in-house to the cloud.

At the heart of Infinitely Virtual’s secure hosting system is its “application-consistent” backup methodology, which enables fast, seamless restoration of data. Unlike some providers – who perform “crash-consistent snapshots,” causing data to be missed and up to a day to restore — Infinitely Virtual takes application-consistent snapshots and instructs operating systems to close all transactions to the database so data can be restored instantly and with zero corruption.

When evaluating whether a hosting provider has application-consistent backups, Stern offers this checklist of other security and backup items a business needs to consider:

• What happens prior to backup?
• What type of data and information is backed up?
• How far back does the backup go?
• Is there additional backup offsite?
• Do you have time for tape?

To speak with Adam Stern, contact Ken Greenberg, Edge Communications, Inc., 818-990-5001, or email

Edge Communications, Inc.
Ken Greenberg

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