CloudBacko Corporation is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Ahsay Backup Software Development Company Limited [HKEx Stock Code: 8290]

Dear customers, CloudBacko Corporation is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Ahsay Backup Software Development Company Limited [HKEx Stock Code: 8290]. Ahsay has been successfully listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange GEM Board on October 8th, 2015. The company intends to use 65.5% of its estimated net proceeds from the share placing for pursuing growth through selective acquisition and partnership, and plans to launch new version of Ahsay Backup Software in the fourth quarter of this year. 

The positioning of CloudBacko and that of Ahsay are different. CloudBacko’s product is a stand alone backup software specifically designed for small businesses and home users; while Ahsay’s product is server/client architecture with centralized management capability for larger enterprises with multiple machines to backup, and for MSPs to offer managed backup service to their end customers. 

After merging with Ahsay, CloudBacko will maintain our own development resources and keep improving our product to better cater for the needs of small businesses and home users. Please keep supporting us. 

Here are the photos taken during the listing ceremony of Ahsay on October 8th, 2015:

DSC_2361s DSC_2401s DSC_2410s DSC_2451s DSC_2469s DSC_2487s DSC_2277s DSC_2311s DSC_2326s DSC_2346s

CloudBacko: The Optimal Choice to Backup VMs, DBs, and Workstations

CloudBacko is by far the best and most widely used cloud backup software. Business sectors find this software especially beneficial as it allows them to backup Virtual machines, Databases and Workstations with absolute ease.

According to the Boston Computing Network’s Data Loss Statics, over 60% companies that suffer data loss of any kind without any adequate means of recovery, shut down within six months of the disaster. More and more organizations are realizing that if they don’t want to be another number in the statistics, they will have to start relying on more effectual ways of security and implement data recovery protocols which will allow them to recover from any type of data loss in next to no time at all.

For organizations that heavily rely on Virtual Machines, Databases and Workstations, ensuring that everything is securely backed up can be a very arduous task. From ensuring that the data is secured from their end to making sure that the data backup destination is fully protected, there are a dozen details that have to be taken into account. Before CloudBacko, these operations had to be conducted individually and despite that, the safety of the data was never guaranteed. With CloudBacko however, satisfaction is guaranteed every time.

According to Samuel Chan, Development Director at CloudBacko, “We are very proud to say that our product, CloudBacko, helps you to back up more applications and file types than any of our competitors. With uncompromised security measures and lightening fast performance, CloudBacko is the only software you will need to backup your data with ease to any cloud destination, recover the data whenever and however you want and to always keep it 100% safe.”

Currently, CloudBacko offers three products: CloudBacko Pro, which is specifically designed for backing up servers, databases, and Virtual Machines; CloudBacko Lite, which is best for backing up desktops and laptops; and finally, the free version, CloudBacko Home, which essentially helps you to backup any computer with an internet connection.

CloudBacko also offers a unique feature of supporting multiple platforms, meaning that it doesn’t matter whether you use Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, this software will support you through everything.

About the Company

CloudBacko Corporation is a private company located in the British Virgin Islands. The company offers specialized backup and recovery software/tools for businesses which enable them to safely back up their servers and workstations to the cloud and local storage. The company’s products are compatible with a huge selection of database servers and workstations.

Freeing Up Space on Virtual Machines

A Virtual Machine (also referred to as VM) is actually an OS (Operating System). It can also be seen as an application environment which has been installed on software that emulates dedicated hardware. For end users, the experience of being on a virtual machine remains exactly as it would on dedicated hardware.

Hypervisor (specialized software) imitates the Server’s CPU or PC client, network, hardware, hard disk, memory and similar hardware resources entirely, which allows VMs to share resources. Multiple virtual hardware platforms can be imitated by hypervisor that are cut off from each other. This allows VMs to run Window Servers and Linux OS on the same underlying physical host.

Virtualization helps you deduce the need for physical hardware systems, which in essence help you reduce cost. Virtual machines lower the required quantity of hardware by efficiently using the existing hardware and all of this, reduces maintenance costs, cooling demands and power needs.

All in all they sound perfect. So what is the problem?

Most virtual machines dynamically allocate space so that not all of the disk space is occupied. This is actually good because the operating system and software take very little space. The problem however arises when you discover that the space once allocated, will always remain allocated. As you add and delete files, caches build up and after that even if internally your virtual machine occupies very little space, on your hard drive it might completely take over.

· How to Free Up Space Then?

If you are using VMware then you can use the compact tool that comes with it to recover space, but be warned that it only works ootb (out of the box) with Windows virtual machines. However, if you have a Linux virtual machine with a journaling file system similar to ext4 then you might need to make some extra preparations. In a nutshell, it means that the preparation would require for you create a massive empty file that only contains 0.

To start the process, you first need to stop running all the services. The newly created file will consume the virtual disk’s free space. When they will no longer be able to write to the disk, the running services will malfunction. You need to stop the running services before you create the file if you don’t want your database server to crash.

The command to create the file is: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dummy bs=4096. This command allows dd to create a file named dummy in /. The free space of the virtual disk will be the entire file size. For example if your configured virtual disk is 500GB and out of that 400GB is free, then the size of the file would be 400GB. You don’t need to have 400GB free on your physical disk where the virtual machine is stored on the real space needed will be 0 MB as you write zeros. After dd fills your system, it will exit out. You can delete the dummy file using rm /dummy.

You need to shut down your virtual machine and open the VM Player. On the panel, locate properties select the hard disk you want to compact and start the Compact tool from the Utilities drop down menu.

Doing that will start the compact tool and after a while you will see a success message informing you that the disk was compacted.

If you use cloud VMs then you should start using CloudBacko. The software helps you with smooth Hyper-V backup and VMware backup. This will more or less solve the spacing issue. To know more about CloudBacko’s features or to get it now, visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/

How Does Microsoft OneDrive for Business Help You?

Most people were left scratching their heads when Microsoft decided to rebrand SkyDrive Pro to OneDrive for Business. ‘Is it the same thing?’, ‘Is it completely different?’, and most importantly, ‘How will it help?’ were just some of the questions voiced.

But mostly people wanted to know what it does. Well, here are the answers to all those questions.

·  What is Microsoft OneDrive for Business?

Essentially, Microsoft OneDrive for Business is the one stop shop where you can share, sync and store your work files. Either by being a part of SharePoint Server 2013, or Office 365, Microsoft OneDrive for Business allows you to share and update your files from just about anywhere. And it lets you work on Office Documents with others simultaneously.

The thing you have to note at this point Microsoft OneDrive for Business is completely different from Microsoft OneDrive which is basically intended for personal storage. OneDrive for Business was designed especially for the workplace. It is also not similar to Office 365 team site which is intended for only storing project or team related documents. But you can use both OneDrive for Business and Office 365 team site to set up file storage for small businesses.

· How does Microsoft OneDrive for Business Help You?

If, your library for OneDrive for Business is hosted on SharePoint in your organization then the administrator for your organization can determine how much storage space you actually need. However, if you are using Office 365, then you then you can get 1TB in the cloud for OneDrive for Business.

On OneDrive for Business, all files you ever store will always remain private. That is, unless you decide to share them with them. On OneDrive for Business gives you the choice of with sharing the files with everyone in the organization share files with only specified members to share information or to collaborate on projects.

Another great thing about this service is that the next time you have to email an attachment through the Outlook Web App, you can simply send a OneDrive for Business link instead of the whole file. By sending the link, you will be able to allow the person on the other end to edit the file as they see fit and to safely store it without affecting the previous version of the file. This also helps you save space as instead of downloading and working on a file, your co-workers can just work on the link you sent them.

In short, this service was designed to make the process of sharing, syncing and storing pertinent work related data run smooth. But if you are still worried about security, then you can use CloudBacko. This software offers Microsoft OneDrive for Business as a cloud backup destination along with numerous others. CloudBacko is by the best cloud backup software out in the market and can be used to secure your private or work related data 100% secure. You can visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/ to get this software right now.

Common Issues with Hyper-V Backup

More often than not, Hyper-V backups make you face a whole new troubleshooting learning curve which guarantees consistent and reliable recovery points for virtual machines. But the good thing about them is that at least they help you solve the problems early on when Hyper-V backup issues arise.

Mostly, the reasons for the entire backup process failing are failures within the virtual machines. Continue reading for some of the most common issues of virtual machine backup and how to get past them.

· Freeing Up Disk Space

Each virtual machine has a minimum of 300GB of free space on VHD (virtual hard disk) and is backed up through host level backups. If the VSC (Volume Shadow Copy) process is to take place within the virtual machine and succeed, then this space is necessary. The host Hyper-V VSS (Microsoft Visual SourceSafe) writer has to request this call from inside the virtual machine. After the VSS process has been completed by the virtual machine, and to ensure that the consistent state of the virtual machine, the backup process is continued by the host by accessing the stateful data (sometime referred to as quiesced data). The entire process is bound to fail if the space is simply not available.

The simplest solution to this problem is to free up space on the virtual hard disk that is low on space by either expanding the virtual hard disk or by deleting some files.

· Integration Components

Installed within supported virtual machines, integration components are set agents that offer maxed out performance and straight interaction with the host server hypervisor. Their main purpose is to assist the operating system with shut down, disk input & output, network input & output performance enhancements, timekeeping, guest host data exchange and VSS assisted backups. Installation of the right integration components on all supported virtual machines is very important. Inconsistent backup operations pop up when the down level or mismatched components are installed.

To get past this issue, you need to use only the latest integration components. You also need to understand that the updates or the upgrades to your backup software might need integration components too on all VMs that are that are on a specific backed up host.

· No VSS Writers Available in the Virtual Machine

Sometimes it might happen that no matter what you do, the backups for a singular virtual machine will continue to fail. If you have already ascertained that it is not due to low disk space or running the wrong integration components, then you have to understand that the VSS writers on the virtual machine might be in corrupt or inconsistent state. To know for sure, you can run the command line “Vssadmin list writers” and if the command returns with absolutely no data then you definitely have this issue.

On the affected virtual machine, you need to restart the service “Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requester” to solve this problem. After that, you can try running the command again. If the process is successful then should be able to see all the VSS writers. To know for sure, you can check the status of all the writers in the output where they will be labeled ‘OK’.

The overall point of Hyper-V backups and backing up all virtual machines is to protect your environment from disaster. To ensure that the process succeeds every time, you can use CloudBacko. The software helps you backup virtual machines with ease to unlimited cloud backup services. To get the software right now, or to know more about its features, you can visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/

Recovering Backup Server: Important Things to Consider

A recovery or backup plan takes a lot time to generate. It takes an even longer time to put it into actual practice. To make an effective recovery or backup plan, you will have to know things like ‘What information to backup and when?’, ‘How frequently should the data be backed up?’ and many more questions like these.

Here is a list of things you should consider while coming up with the plan to make the process run smoothly.

· Significance of the Data

Figuring out the significance of the data beforehand will help you find out whether the data is even worth backing up. There are some types of data that should be backed up only at a specific time. Determining the significance of the data will make it easy for you to separate the data into groups. For databases, you have to ensure that the backup sets widen back for more than a few backup periods.

Organizations can rise and fall depending on how sensitive their data is and how secure it is. Appropriate measures should be taken to encrypt the sensitive data and to secure it. The less significant data will not require such stringent security measures but you still have to come up with a back up as that type of data is used for day to day activities of the organization.

Best way to go about it is to backup all data on regular basis throughout the organization. Regular backups will all but guarantee that, come recovery time you face as little trouble as possible.

· Frequency of Data Change

How frequently data changes in your organization, is something you have to determine if you want to come up with the best recovery plan. In some organizations, data modifications are made almost on a daily basis. In such cases, you have to ensure that proper measures are put in place that will effectively store the new modifications without corrupting or deleting the original data.

·  Data Recovery Time

Most organizations, both big and small seize to exist if they cannot recover their lost data on time so that they can continue their work activities. With that in mind, you have to make sure that the recovery plan you come up with is based wholly on speed and efficiency.

· Get CloudBacko

CloudBacko is the best cloud backup software out in the market. Should you go with a cloud backup storage service to backup your data, you can use this software to ensure that the data is backed up without any hiccups and that it can be recovered in perfect state from any point in time. You can visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/ to read about CloudBacko’s features in detail or to get the software right now.