Cutting through the Buzz of Virtual Containers and the OCI

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

With all of the recent buzz around the Open Container Initiative (OCI), a program developed to create open industry standards for a container format and runtime software, the topic of virtual containers and how they're different from virtual machines (VMs) has been widely discussed. Recently, Google released a version of its Kubernetes software that manages virtual containers, leading many to consider whether this is the more efficient virtualization approach to take. Kubernetes has more than just a cool name. It lets you partition applications into several pieces and store them in virtual containers that are easier to move around and copy across multiple servers.

You know it means something when Google gives something its stamp of approval, and with the prevalence of press around the OCI, many believe this newer form of virtualization has staying power. Before we discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of this model, let's first learn more about these containers that everyone is talking about.

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Topics: Backups, virtual backup, backup strategy

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

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

Backup in a Mixed Bag World

Posted by R1Soft on Mar 8, 2013 9:30:00 AM

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There has been quite a bit written recently about the usually static world of backup undergoing sweeping changes. The post-PC era—with the cloud, app-centric strategies, virtualization and diverse operating systems—has put more pressure and higher performance demands on backup solutions than ever before.

In a recent article in Channelnomics, Rethinking Data in a Multifaceted World, the author makes the case that the old one-to-one paradigm of backup to server is gone. Virtualization imposes not only new opportunities for backing up physical servers, but also new responsibilities for backing up virtual servers. In another article on Channelnomics, author Stefanie Hoffman makes the case for the new priorities in backup. 

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Topics: Continuous Data Protection, windows, mysql, Backups, MS SQL Server, Idera, data protection, virtual backup, linux, disaster recovery, virtualization, recovery point, xen, Disk Safe, Hyper-V, server backup, restore

A Chicken In Every Pot, A Car In Every Garage and Every Server Backed Up

Posted by R1Soft on Dec 4, 2012 11:30:00 AM

There has been a lot of press coverage and buzz about the release of the new Idera Server Backup product. With the release of Server Backup 5.0

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Topics: windows, Backups, Idera, virtual backup, linux, virtualization, server backup, physical backup

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