Some time, in the early ages of human evolution, it were the libraries that were used to store records in large wooden shelves.
Then came gigantic mainframes and stored punched cards, tracing the ruthless history of World War II.
With the advent of internet, the then new cool, warehouses with endless rack of servers were then constructed. This was the age of on-site data storage.
The concept of virtualization then took over, and where it is still very much into mainstream, how long before we declare it as insufficient and unaccommodating too? Continue reading
VMware Site Recovery Manager is a great disaster recovery solution for protection of an organization’s VMware virtualization infrastructure, if you have the budget and the expertise to deploy it. But its mid four digits starting price is not small business friendly at all. And it’s neither easy to use. Without a certain level of VMware literacy, a general IT technician just won’t be capable of getting it properly configured. Most small businesses who are currently using VMware’s virtualization solution (paid and free ESXi hosts) on one site just don’t have either the budget or virtualization expert to get the solution deployed within their infrastructure. If your company is one of them, what other VM disaster recovery options do you have? Continue reading
Cloud storage may seem like the best solution for your data storage needs, but you have to realize that it does have some shortcomings. If you are relying on your cloud storage service to be your disaster recovery, then we have some questions that you should consider asking your cloud storage service before you backup all your critical data on it.
How secure is the data when it is being transferred to the cloud?
Your data is at its most vulnerable when it is being transferred to and from the cloud, anyone can ‘sneak a peek at your data with minimal effort. Some cloud storage services will offer a secure tunnel for the transfer of the data, for others you can employ CloudBacko. It will encrypt the data and prevent anyone from eavesdropping when the data is being transferred.
What is the authentication process employed by the service?
Usually, the cloud service will offer a two step user authentication process that is considered to be very secure.
Does the company comply with the industry standards and regulations?
There are certain regulations and standards of security and privacy that cloud storage services have to adhere to. These regulations are determined by government organizations, the existence of the compliance certification should assure you that the company operates under the highest of standards.
What is the transfer rate that the service can provide?
The transfer speed that the service allows will help you determine the down time you have to face in the event of a disaster, although, the rate of transfer largely depends on the bandwidth of your internet connection.
What solutions are in place to maintain the integrity of your data?
A quality cloud storage service will have some safeguards in place to keep your data secure from digital errors and deletion. CloudBacko also comes with a built in data integrity checking feature, to give you peace of mind about the reliability of your backed up data.
Once you have gotten satisfactory answers to your questions, you can comfortably rely on the cloud storage service in your disaster recovery plan. Think we left something off that relates to the topic? Please share it with us in the comments section.
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”
2. Select destination to save settings.sys file.
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 -> Ex/Import Settings and click “Import Now”.
4. Select file to import
5. If import is successful, a confirmation of “Successfully import all settings” appears.
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].