Im a young student looking for some help starting up a reseller of backup solutions company..
I have a fairly big social network and think I can prosper from this.. but i have no experience in setting up a company or running it.. What are your experiences with the different companies offereing backup services? - I have been looking at mozy and carbonite as options so far.. any other ideas?
Any good advice for my startup would be appreciated
Okay that sounds good And 15-20% is very reasonable; many would seek more I'd imagine (although I'm not an expert in this field so couldn't know for sure).
Well r1soft.com are quite popular and they have a reseller/affiliate program so that's one option.
Another idea could be to look for a provider where you can get maybe a 10 or 20 Mbit dedicated connection, and quite a few HDs in RAID 1/5/6 and then you wouldn't need to resell. But this would cost $xxx per month which may not be the best option.
R1soft is a great product, but our company only had 1 major issue that made our management hesitate, within our 2 week trial run of it, the price changed 3 times. While I'm sure this was not a normal event, its enough to make anyone think twice when attempting to work out a longer term pricing structure for your backup services.
Discuss license pricing stability with any solution you decide to go with, to ensure whatever margin your looking for stays intact.