Using AES-256 Encryption and Bare Metal Restore to Protect Your Hosting Business

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 31, 2015 11:00:00 AM

You don’t have to be in the hosting industry long to recognize the sheer quantity and variety of threats that are targeted at companies within this space. Hosting and cloud providers pose a uniquely appetizing situation for cybercriminals because:

  1. This is an industry that relies almost entirely on online customer interactions.
  2. Service providers aren’t only responsible for storing their own transactional data, they’re also responsible for maintaining their customers’ business-critical data.
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Topics: Bare-Metal Restore, BMR, disaster recovery, encryption

6 Agonizing Problems with Traditional Server Backups

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

ARGHHHH! YOU'VE HAD IT. YOU'RE NOT PERFORMING A SINGLE BACKUP AGAIN! 

You've found yourself screaming this, right? For many hosting providers, backups are a beast to manage, but an essential part of protecting sensitive client data. If you're constantly hitting your head against the wall each time you perform a backup, you may be using an outdated BDR solution. To better understand issues you encounter regularly, we reached out to Spiceworks, asking members what problems they've encountered when backing up. Do any of these sound familiar?

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Topics: Server Performance, Continuous Data Protection, Bare-Metal Restore, server backup, block-level backup

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

It’s Time to Move On From Outdated Backup Methods

Posted by Ben Barker on Nov 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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If you’re still relying on full, traditional methods of backup, it’s time to get with the program. 

Full backup methods involve copying all data from disk every time you perform an operation. As the your company's data set continues to grow, so does the complexity of the backup process. This can easily turn into a long and strenuous procedure filled with unpredictable backup windows.

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Topics: Bare-Metal Restore, server backup

Server Backup - If It Ain't Easy, It's Too Hard

Posted by R1Soft on May 21, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Recently we released version 5.2 of our Server Backup product. For a point release, it’s chocked full of new features and improvements. There was one overriding theme for this release, however, that inspired us in just about everything we added: Ease of use for the customer.

In speaking with literally hundreds of our customers we came to recognize that whether they are backing up to their own servers, to off-premises backup, or using one of our partners for backup-as-a-service, they take for granted that the storage capacity and ability to copy data from one location to another is pretty much a given in today’s backup products. How fast they can perform a restore is a great way to differentiate one backup product from the next. But ease of use was their single biggest concern.

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, Backups, Idera, data protection, Bare-Metal Restore, disaster recovery, R1Soft, Disk Safe, server backup

CDP Quick Tip #25 – Bare-Metal Restore in XenServer

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 26, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip addresses Bare Metal Restore (BMR) for Citrix XenServer. This is a popular virtualized environment used by many of our customers. While the benefits of BMR to a hosting provider are clear, the process for performing a BMR of a paravirtualized machine may not be as obvious.

A challenge that we have seen customers run into with BMR of a Citrix Xen paravirtualized (PV) machine is that the BMR is successful, but the restored machine does not boot properly or does not run in a paravirtualized mode. This is due to the nature of backups of paravirtualized machines  (using xvda instead of sda) as shown below.

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Topics: Backups, XenServer, Bare-Metal Restore, BMR, CDP Quick Tips, virtualization, xen

CDP Quick Tip #22 – Linux LVM Bare Metal Restore

Posted by R1Soft on Jan 27, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip focuses on performing Bare Metal Restores with LVM. The value of BMR for disaster recovery is well known, but Linux LVM adds additional complexity to the solution so a more automated solution is key for many of our customers.

Many of our customers that run Linux see value in an automated process for backing up and restoring their LVM configurations, prior to performing a BMR. Starting in CDP 3.18 on Enterprise and Advanced Editions, this Linux LVM BMR process is automated through an on screen wizard. If you are restoring your system partition, you will need to boot your physical or virtual machine from either Live CD or PXE Network Boot. The automated BMR process can then be accessed through the CDP 3.0 web interface by selecting the BMR option for the disk safe associated with your chosen recovery point.

The Bare Metal Restore wizard will guide you through the following steps:

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Topics: CDP Server 3.0, linux, Bare-Metal Restore, LVM, CDP Quick Tips

CDP Quick Tip #17 – Bare-Metal Restore of Windows Logical and Dynamic Disks

Posted by R1Soft on Aug 6, 2011 9:00:00 AM

Today’s Quick Tip focuses on the steps involved in restoring Windows Dynamic and Logical disks in CDP 3 Enterprise and Advanced Editions.

A Bare-Metal Restore is the process of reformatting a computer/server from scratch after a catastrophic failure. In conventional methods, the process typically involves reinstalling the operating system and software applications and then, if possible, restoring data and settings. With R1Soft CDP 3 Enterprise and Advanced Editions, you can restore servers directly from disk-based backup. There is no need to first partition your drive and re-install the operating system.
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Topics: windows, advanced edition, Enterprise Edition, Bare-Metal Restore, CDP Quick Tips

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