Infographic: Why cloud backup is 80% cheaper than tape backup

Cloud backup as tape alternative reduces 80% cost

IT needs better backup solution

Today, organizations are collecting more business data new applications every month, hence creating pressure on IT departments on backing up data. IT organizations need a more advanced backup strategy to support high level of automation and controlling cost. In recent years, many companies have started to move from tape backup solutions to cloud backup solutions.

About CloudBacko

CloudBacko can help you keep multiple copies of backup at local and offsite locations easily, by sending concurrent or sequential backup of your data to multiple destinations, including Amazon S3, AWS compatible storages, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Rackspace, OpenStack, FTP / SFTP sites, external USB drive, and local / mapped network drives.

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Why CloudBacko is better than Veeam

How CloudBacko is better than Veeam

While Veeam’s flagship product Backup & Replication (Veeam B&R) has been popular in forums, CloudBacko Pro can achieve more at a fraction of Veeam’s cost. This post compares CloudBacko Pro to Veeam B&R and explores the less well-known goodies in CloudBacko Pro.

1. Faster installation

Veeam requires two-step installation. User needs to first download and install Veeam Backup & Replication, then download and install Veeam Cloud Edition. CloudBacko Pro, designed with cloud backup feature in mind, only needs to be installed once. We always enjoy faster results.

2. Easier backup

In CloudBacko Pro, a few clicks on the main screen can set up and start a backup job. In Veeam, one needs to first create backup set in B&R, then create a backup job in the Cloud Edition interface. CloudBacko has a more unified interface for cloud backup jobs. Automation helps you save time to do more.

3. Unlimited storage

CloudBacko Pro allows users to combine multiple accounts as one pool of cloud storage. When cloud storage is running out, you can add more storage to the pool. CloudBacko Pro can keep multiple copies of backup concurrently or sequentially at various local and offi-site locations to prevent data loss disaster. It can help you set up unlimited storage for one backup set.

Supported cloud services are Amazon S3, AWS compatible storages, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP / SFTP sites, external USB drive, and local / mapped network drives.

Veeam has no such feature.

4. Cleaner interface

Newer software has the advantage of adopting modern approach in user interface design. In CloudBacko Pro, all major operations are grouped under eight colorful panes on main screen. Help tips are available on every sub-page. Instructions are easy to follow that no user manual is needed. Clean interface does not mean features are limited. Advanced options will be shown when options are expanded.

5. Wider platforms supported

Veeam B&R supports Windows 7 or later versions. CloudBacko Pro respects users with older versions of Windows and it supports from Windows XP onwards.

6. Buy once, get update for life

The purchase price of Veeam only includes first year maintenance. CloudBacko Pro’s package includes unlimited updates once you have signed up. We always have your backup covered.

7. More cost-effective

Last but not the least, the great news is that CloudBacko Pro only costs less than 10% of Veeam. The attractive price tag gives you more features for cloud backup. Your limited budget would not stop you from enjoying high quality backup software.

After you know about this bargain, how would you choose? Download CloudBacko Pro here now to try it yourself.

Infograhic: How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup

How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup (with CloudBacko)

Google Drive now offers 15GB free cloud storage space for each user account. It also offers free app for syncing files across devices. But it is not designed for backup purpose. It would be 10x better if you can:

1x. Combine multiple Google Drive accounts as one big pool of cloud storage.
2x. Add more to the pool when you’re running out of space.
3x. Encrypt the filenames of your data on your computer before uploading to the combined.Google Drive cloud storage, so that no one will know what you have backed up.
4x. Encrypt the contents of your data too.
5x. Use an unbreakable encrypting key that contains a bunch of upper case and lower case characters, numbers as well as special characters to encrypt your data.
6x. Backup only the changes within a file so as to minimize the time required.
7x. Keep multiple versions of your backup data so that you can always choose what version to restore.
8x. Configure the bandwidth for backup so that it won’t consume all your available bandwidth.
9x. Frequently check the data integrity of your backup to ensure restorability.
10x. Besides files, also backup VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Database, and other databases that you have.

Can’t do these on your own? Get a CloudBacko. One-off price for desktop is $9 only. Server backup license starts from $39.

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Essential tips to back up VMware virtual machines using CloudBacko

Essential tips to back up VMware virtual machines using CloudBacko

Amassing accumulation of data represents a company’s most valuable asset. These data must be backed up, protected, stored, secured and made available to the organization whenever it is needed. Getting the backup plan right takes good planning and execution. CloudBacko makes it easy for the backup and restore process. Here are 5 tips for you to better design your data protection strategy.

Tip 1: RTO and RPO agreement expectations

Backup requirements should be a business decision. Business leadership needs to be involved in setting recovery time objective (RTO is the amount of downtime tolerable to get back up and running) and recovery point objective (RPO is the tolerable amount of data loss during an availability incident). It is important to invite all stakeholders to agree on RTO and RPO requirements. The trade-offs between RTO and RPO are best handled openly between business and IT leadership.

Tip 2: Target location should be different from host

As cloud storage service charges fall sharply in recently years, it’s highly cost-effective for organizations to implement off-site backup with limited time and resources. Off-site backup keeps companies afloat from local disaster as backup is kept in a different host or location.

Tip 3: Consistent VM names in source and target

Proper documentation prevents errors and confusion. When the number of virtual machines grow, clear naming of VM can help organize managing the VMs. VM names should be meaningful and self-documentary. Same names or patterns can be used from production source to backup sets and backup target.

Effort in maintaining clear naming reduces risks in choosing the wrong version of VM to restore when disaster strikes,  wasting precious time to restore the wrong backup set, restoring the whole VM only to find that the deleted files are not there.

Good management skills can save the day when system crashes and restore is mission critical. It keeps you from chaos.

Tip 4: Back up the CloudBacko settings file

There are times when you need to retire your server, and CloudBacko needs to be re-installed to a new machine. It is also possible that the machine that have CloudBacko installed has failed, and you need to restore windows systems and files from a remote backup. You need to first install a new copy of CloudBacko in the new machine. However, without the settings file from the original CloudBacko instance, remote cloud backup cannot be accessed.

The setting file store all the backup set information. If the Backup Server is down or user wishes to move CloudBacko to another machine, the setting file should imported into a freshly installed CloudBacko. You can then access the backup sets as before. As a result, our Tip 1 is that the settings file should be backed up and kept in a safe place after new backup sets are added or any changes are made in backup sets. This advice is important because if this file is lost you not be able to gain access to your data.

Refer to the previous post “Back up settings file for disaster recovery” on how to backup the settings file.

Tip 5: Regularly Test Restore

The purpose of data backup is to enable restore, and the purpose of restore is to keep your company running. As hardware fails regularly, IT should lead regularly scheduled restore tests and share the results with business leadership. If backup plan is implemented correctly, the results should comply with the preset recovery time objective and recovery point objective.

Back up settings file for disaster recovery

Back up settings file for disaster recovery

There are times when you need to retire your server, and CloudBacko needs to be re-installed to a new machine. It is also possible that the machine that have CloudBacko installed has failed, and you need to restore windows systems and files from a remote backup for disaster recovery. You need to first install a new copy of CloudBacko in the new machine. However, without the settings file from the original CloudBacko instance, remote cloud backup cannot be accessed.

If you need to re-install CloudBacko and restore CloudBacko to the original state, the key is to have a backup copy of the settings file. This article shows you how to import and export the settings file.

Export settings file

1. Go to [Utilities] > [Ex/Import Settings] > [Export Now] to export the latest CloudBacko settings.sys file.

Go to Utilities -> Ex/Import Settings and click "Export Now"

Go to Utilities -> Ex/Import Settings and click “Export Now”

2. Select destination to save settings.sys file.

export destination dialog

 

Restore files from another machine or location

1. Install CloudBacko Pro/Lite on the new machine.
2. Startup CloudBacko Pro/Lite.
3. Go to [Utilities] > [Ex/Import Settings] > [Import Now] to import the latest CloudBacko settings.sys file.

Go to Utilities -> Im/Export Settings and click "Import now".

Go to Utilities -> Ex/Import Settings and click “Import Now”.

4. Select file to import

Import settings dialog

5. If import is successful, a confirmation of “Successfully import all settings” appears.

Import Settings Confirmation

6. After the settings.sys is successfully imported, your files located on remote FTP/SFTP/network drive or Cloud storage can be accessed from [Restore].

RestoreWindowImage

 

 

7 reasons to choose CloudBacko for VM cloud backup

7 reasons to choose CloudBacko for VM cloud backup

CloudBacko focuses on supporting businesses and backing up critical data in case of disaster.

In this digital world, data is the blood of most businesses. This article expounds on the benefits of using CloudBacko, as compared to other major brands in the backup software market.

1. Designed with cloud backup in mind

CloudBacko has a unified approach to cloud backup. The only prerequisite is to have Java installed. CloudBacko is connected to most major cloud storage service providers, providing easy interface for you to back up to cloud storage, including Amazon S3, AWS compatible storages, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP / SFTP sites, external USB drive, and local / mapped network drives. More brands will be included in later update versions.

2. Less money for more. Tailored for Small Business

We have listened to users. CloudBacko lets you spend few and receive  comparable functionality. With less than $40, you can back up unlimited virtual machines in one host. We are committed in supporting small business and help you sharply reduce IT budget and do more.

CloudBacko can backup and restore all kinds of applications and VMs, Microsoft Exchange Server (EDB and mail level backups), Microsoft SQL Server, VMware vSphere ESXi (both Paid and Free versions), Hyper-V, Lotus Domino, Lotus Notes, Oracle Database, MySQL, Windows System, Windows System State, as well as Files.

3. Great Ease of Use

We believe backup tasks can be very simple. The CloudBacko interface consists of tiles, like touch panel. The intuitive user interface enables users to learn and set up backup jobs quickly and effortlessly. No more long-hours staff training is required. The help button on each page provides helpful instructions on how to use CloudBacko.

Creating a backup task only requires a few clicks and you are good to go.

4. Configurable backup options

In devising a backup plan, many factors affect the configurations: size of VMs, operating systems in VMs, the applications used, source and target locations and . CloudBacko provides a wide range of configurations, such as configurable max concurrent backups, configurable min file size to trigger incremental backup and trigger full backup by number of delta and/or total delta size.

Virtual machines require a collection of virtual resources of CPU, disk, ram and network bandwidth. These hardware resources also affect your backup plan. CloudBacko provides configurations that can easily adjust your backup plan.

5. Changed block tracking for backup

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is an incremental backup technology for VMware virtual machines (VMs).Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can track disk sectors that have changed. If any blocks were changed since the last backup, Changed Block Tracking tags them and stores the information in a CTK file. CBT tells the Cloudbacko only to copy these changed blocks, avoiding copies of the entire VM.

This technology can greatly reduce backup image size, hence using less cloud resources and network bandwidth. CloudBacko utilizes this feature to ensure that you can enjoy faster backup and restore.

6. Encryption of filenames in cloud storage

Cloud storage raises security concern among many users. The widespread stories on newspaper about data breach exposed the risk of using cloud storage. As we have discussed in previous post, “Cloud backup should come with encryption”, when data leaves the PC or the internal network on the clear, it is potentially leaked to the general public. Only with encryption that it protect your important data from cloud operators’ prying eyes. CloudBacko encrypt both data and filenames with a 256-bit truly randomized key with AES algorithm, the most advanced encryption standard, protecting your valuable data in cloud backup storage.

7. Report and email help management

Anything can break. With exploding volume of data, system admin faces the challenge of managing them all. When something bad happens, you want to be immediately notified and take suitable actions to minimize any risks. With CloudBacko’s reporting tool, you can get crystal clear visibility into the backup details of all destinations, including usage trend, backup and restore reports, log for warnings and errors, etc. CloudBacko can also be configured to send reports by email, hence any interruptions or job completion will be reported.

 Conclusion

CloudBacko is the clear choice for organizations concerned with end-user satisfaction at a reasonable price. CloudBacko is the VM backup tool you can trust.

Infograhic: Why companies are moving to cloud backup?

Why companies are moving to cloud backup?

Why companies are moving to cloud backup?

Cloud backup is now part of companies’ backup strategy. Cloud backup offers tremendous potential to free up system admins from complex and onerous storage management, system complexity, and increasing administration workloads. Research shows that new and innovative software technologies are accelerating cloud adoption by making backups: simple, automated, integrated, support faster recovery and protect sensitive data.

Cloud backup is the growing trend

According to the 2014 Information Week Backup Technologies Survey, corporations are adopting and planning to use cloud storage. The study by Forrester also shows that cloud backup is a good strategy in corporate backup plan.

1. Which backup technologies are used in your organization?

2. Which backup technologies do you plan to use within the next 18 months?

3. How do you send backup data off-site?

4. Why should you backup to public cloud?

CloudBacko enables corporations moving backup to cloud

CloudBacko can help you keep multiple copies of backup at local and offsite locations easily, by sending concurrent or sequential backup of your data to multiple destinations, including Amazon S3, AWS compatible storages, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Rackspace, OpenStack, FTP / SFTP sites, external USB drive, and local / mapped network drives.

CloudBacko Pro reduces backup costs by 81%

Today, organizations are collecting more business data and building dozens of new applications every month, hence creating pressure on IT departments on backing up data. Besides, business users and customers want better availability, reliability and accessibility of business data. IT organizations need a more advanced backup strategy to support high level of automation and controlling cost. In recent years, many companies have started to move from tape backup solutions to cloud backup solutions.

The top cloud backup benefits over tape include:

  • Lower cost of storage
  • Lower cost of capital investment
  • Provide off-site, geographically redundant storage
  • Ease of management
  • Better reliability

 Tape vs CloudBacko Pro

The advantages of using cloud backup can be demonstrated by a customer case. Assuming a company has 3TB of backup data and following requirements:

  • Backing up of 3TB of data stored in a file server
  • Minimum 7 days of daily backup and 1 weekly full backup copies must be kept
  • A disaster recovery (DR) site is required
  • Secure off-site backup for the weekly full backup, stored at DR site

CloudBacko Pro costs 60% less monthly and saves 99% in new hardware costs.

Table 1: INSTALLING A NEW TAPE SYSTEM
Capital Required
New Backup Server x 2 $4,300.00
Windows Server OS for Tape Drive x 2 $1,300.00
Tape loader (PowerVault LTO-4-120 Tape Drive) x 2 $8,000.00
Symantec BackupExec software license x 2 $2,324.00
Backup tape x 8 (7 for daily backup + 1 for weekly full backup) $410.00
TOTAL $16,334.00
Recurring Monthly Expenses
IT staff touching/moving tapes $960.00
Hardware server maintenance $115.00
Tape drive maintenance $150.00
TOTAL $1,225.00
TOTAL COSTS
Total Monthly Cost $1,225.00
Total Capital $16,334.00

 

Table 2: USING CLOUDBACKO PRO
Capital Required
CloudBacko Pro License x 1 $39.00
TOTAL $39.00
Recurring Monthly Expenses
IT staff operating backup system $320.00
Amazon S3 charge for 3TB $171.19
TOTAL $491.19
TOTAL COSTS
Total Monthly Cost $491.19 (Save $734 per mth)
Total Capital $39.00 (Save $16K)

 Using CloudBacko saves 81% yearly

When comparing to tape backup storage, cloud service has significant advantage. CloudBacko can save 81% yearly cost. Besides, with the ubitiqious of cloud storage service, storage cost is falling.

CloudBacko can integrate with cloud service provider’s platform, which consists of virtual servers and shared storage. In case of of a disaster, CloudBacko can help restart critical application with just a few minutes to a few hours of data loss but without the cost of dedicated IT infrastructure.

Table 3: 1-YEAR COST COMPARISON
New Tape System CloudBacko Pro
1 year cost $31,034.00 $5,933.28

 

Windows Server with Hyper-V becomes the leading hypervisor in India

According to the latest IDC study named “Worldwide Server Virtualization Tracker Q1 2014”, Windows Server with Hyper-V has become the leading x86 and EPIC based hypervisor in India, taking up 47.5 percent market share in Q1 2014. No wonder CloudBacko Pro with Hyper-V backup module is one of our top selling combos during the past 3 months.

We offer 30 days free trial for those who are interested in trying our Hyper-V backup solution. Download it now.

CloudBacko’s architecture for VMware ESXi backup

CloudBacko Pro is packed with backup features under an easy-to-use interface. CloudBacko Pro supports backup and restore of unlimited virtual machines in VMware ESXi host.

Let’s consider the following scenario. In a host server with ESXi, there are 5 VMs running. One of the VM is running Exchange, another is running SQL Server. We need to back up all the VMs. Which is the best backup infrastructure setup?

Where should I install CloudBacko Pro?

Some users attempt to install CloudBacko Pro on one of the guest VM as a backup VM. All the other VMs are backed up through CloudBackup Pro, which will encrypt and compress the VM images and back up to local or cloud destinations, as shown in the following diagram. While this setup is possible, it is not a good backup strategy. The problem with this set up is that if the server fails, one needs to install on the CloudBacko Pro on a new machine and restore CloudBacko settings before restoring all the VMs. This setup is not recommended.

CloudBacko Pro can be installed on VMware host. But this setup is NOT RECOMMENDED.

CloudBacko Pro can be installed on VMware host. But this setup is NOT RECOMMENDED.

The Recommended Setup

We recommend that CloudBacko to be installed in a standalone staging CloudBacko Backup Server. This server is the core component in the backup and restore network. The staging server acts as intermediary between backup source and destination, controlling encryption, compression and management of backup data. The VM images will be sent to local or cloud destinations from the staging CloudBacko Backup Server.

CloudBacko Backup Server

The Recommended Setup: CloudBacko Pro on a staging Backup Server.

VMware Host Machine Restore

If the host server fails, the CloudBacko Pro Backup Server can use the backup copy to restore all the guest VM to a new machine. The restore process is simple as CloudBacko Pro only needs to redirect the restore destination to a new IP address.

CloudBacko restore

Restoring VM to a new machine

Refer to the blog post How to restore backed up VM to another VMware ESXi host with CloudBacko Pro on how to complete VMware restore in a new machine.