Data Storage: The Difference between Backups and Archives

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Not all data storage was created equal. Data backup and data archiving may seem analogous because they both involve the storage of copied data, but the two were designed with very different purposes.

In this blog post, we'll match these two processes up, explaining the key distinction between the two and examining what each require to be effective for optimal data retention and retrieval.

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Topics: Backups, Bare-Metal Restore, archiving, block-level backup

When It Comes to Backup, Reliability Is Key

Posted by Ben Barker on Jun 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

A few months back, we wrote a post highlighting the fact that 30% of people have never run a backup of their data. That number is staggering, but on the flip side it also means that 70% of people HAVE run a backup. What we don't know in all of this is how many of that 70% were running consistent backups on a reliable system.

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Topics: Backups, server backup, backup strategy

We Want to Hear from YOU! Does Your Backup Stack Up? [POLL]

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 27, 2015 9:53:34 AM

Are you getting the most out of your backup solution? Maybe you're not currently offering business continuity as a service, but recognize the offering as a new revenue stream and are open to shopping around. When it comes to the protection of your customers' data, you can never be too safe. You may not know all the BDR bells and whistles available to you. Did you know you can backup every 15 minutes without overtaxing servers? Perhaps you'd like the ability to move or copy data from one server to the other. Whatever you're looking for in your backup solution, we want to know! Keep reading to take part in our poll.

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Topics: Backups, data protection, disaster recovery, block-level backup

The Benefits of Site-to-Site Data Replication for Customers and Web Hosts Alike

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Backup is in and of itself a contingency plan, and it can get confusing when we start throwing around terms like data replication. How is that any different than backup, which is literally copying data and storing it somewhere else?

If your clients are already backing up data locally, they may think they’re covered, and it’s up to you to convince them otherwise. At the same time, you can’t assume your own data center is invincible. Do you have a second layer of defense for the copied data you’re already storing should IT hit the fan?

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Topics: Backups, data protection, data recovery, server backup

It's Time to Take Advantage of R1Soft's API

Posted by Ben Barker on Jan 14, 2015 8:14:00 AM

If you bought a new car, would you utilize all of its features? Would you turn on the windshield wipers when it rained, four-wheel drive when it snowed, and the radio when... well, just all time time? 

Of course you would.

So then why, if using R1Soft's Server Backup Manager, wouldn't you make it a point to take advantage of all of its value-adding features?

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Topics: Backups, API, Quick Tips

The Four Methods of Server Backup

Posted by Ben Austin on Jan 6, 2015 6:30:00 AM

 

The following is an excerpt from our recently published eBook, The Big Book of Backup. If you'd like to download the full eBook click here.

The objective of the vast majority of backups is to save data without errors or corruption in a way that minimizes storage space. Additional objectives also often include reducing the impact on computing resources and bandwidth usage, while making the recovery process as quick and easy as possible.

While individual systems may boast some additional features, all backup methods share many of the same components. The following sections explain the four most common backup methods in use today, and highlights the pros and cons associated with each method.

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Topics: Backups, virtual backup, server backup

What are the Benefits of Block-Level Backups?

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 19, 2014 6:30:00 AM

R1Soft takes a slightly different approach to server backup than most traditional backup companies. While traditional, incremental backup products allow you to backup your data at the file level, Server Backup Manager (SBM) enables you to perform backups at the block level.

So what's wrong with performing backups at the file level? First and foremost, file-level backups tend to consume huge amounts of system resources, causing the backup application itself to compete with processes critical to the services the systems are supposed to provide. Aside from performance issues, traditional backups could also result in major limitations. For instance, it's nearly impossible to perform true bare-metal restores with file level backups.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, block-level backups don't deal with all of the deficiencies that come with their file-level counterparts. Let's take a closer look at how block-level backups can solve many of the pains often associated with performing backups at the file level.

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Topics: Backups, block-level backup

How Hosting Providers Can Add Value to Small Businesses

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 23, 2014 6:14:00 AM

Last week at HostingCon Europe, Robert Hoffmann, CEO of 1&1 Internet, gave an interesting keynote covering the basic expectations of small business owners as they build out their online presence. The theme of the keynote was essentially that it is up to hosting providers to go that extra distance to empower the less tech-savvy business owners to be successful as they venture online.

As Hoffmann put it, "As an industry, we must show the value of being online."

According to Hoffmann, the best way for hosting providers to show that value is to focus on the four core needs of small business owners who are trying to build an online presenceBe present, Get found, Interact, and Transact.

Because it was well-received and extremely practical presentation, I wanted to re-iterate a few of the main points that Hoffmann covered, while taking a slightly different look at a few of the suggestions for our own readers. Here are a handful of ways that Web hosting providers can use their domain expertise to improve the lives of their most valued customers: small business owners. 

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Topics: Backups, Webhosting, hosting industry, How-To

R1Soft + Continuum = Awesome!

Posted by R1Soft on Aug 25, 2014 9:34:00 PM

When Continuum®, the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed IT services solutions, acquired R1Soft Server Backup Manager (SBM) from Idera earlier this month, some current customers took a wait and see view of the new owners.  Now, with a quarterly release on track, two customers specifically pointed out the value.  More than 2,500 cloud infrastructure providers currently use R1Soft SBM to protect more than 300,000 servers worldwide, making it one of the leading commercial backup software for web hosting providers.

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Topics: Backups, R1Soft, server backup

Backup Without Borders

Posted by R1Soft on May 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Much like the world in the novel and film 1984, there was a time when computing was neatly broken into three distinct monolithic empires— Microsoft, Apple and Linux. Yes, there were distinctions among different flavors of Linux, and even some old Unix variants. There were different versions of Windows to contend with. But between the three there was not much interaction. What worked in one empire, usually did not work in the others. Backup solutions reflected this reality.

Beyond breaking into distinct OS camps, the backup market was even more fragmented. There were backup solutions for databases, backup solutions for applications, backup for just data, configuration backup and on and on. How many different backup solutions could you manage? How many did you want to manage? Let’s not, for now, even discuss the cost of all of these backup solutions.

The good news is that much like that iconic hammer in Apple’s 1984 commercial, R1Soft's server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, Disk Safe, server backup, restore, recovery

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