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Following on from our last video, Securing Your Cloud Environment,  Veber’s CEO, Tim Poultney, will now talk through backup and restoration in this useful guide.

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My name is Tim Poultney. I’m the CEO of Veber. Veber is a company with extensive experience in hybrid, dedicated and cloud hosting environments. I’m here today to talk to you about cloud backup and restoration.

Why Backup

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Why Backup? It is because mistakes happen and this includes viruses, malware, accidents and forgetten USBs. Within business organizations you start as one person with one laptop or one PC, eventually the business could grow to an enterprise with hundreds of thousands of desktops, laptops, PCs at server environments starting at one server to a hundred servers. These environments need to be backed up so the data can be restored in case of an issue.

Issues are not necessarily easy to see. It could be the corruption of a file or it could be the loss of the PC left in a car by a member of the staff. You never quite know why or where these things are going to happen.

Therefore, at Veber we have seen all sort of different backup policies over the years, so since 1999, I’ve seen the changing backup marketplace from tape to USB, internet devices, portable hard drives and every type of gadget that has been, even zip tape drives. In this way, I think we have a lot of experience in this marketplace and what clients always assume is the backups are working.

At Veber we have a piece of software called AhSay and another piece of software called Veeam. These two bits of software together would give the client the ability to have a daily email that tells them that their data is safe and secured and has been backed up.

Different Types Of Backups

To start with the different types of backups we have whether you need an on premise solution or a cloud solution. The biggest problem with on premise backup solution is the amount of data we need to transfer. With the average of 10 Gb of data over an ID. This could be a very long process if you take into account that most computers nowadays are delivered with 500 Gb to 1 terabyte. An average server might have 12 to 24 terabytes of data, so that could take years to backup. Therefore, at Veber we believe that you have got to plan the environment and work out what you can and cannot achieve with your backups and what the company will find acceptable for a restore time.

How To Backup

How To Backup

How to do backups is a very interesting discussion. We would recommend that you find the indivdual services that you need to backup, whether that is an exchange service or a SQL service, whether that sets the files or whether it is your whole ID structure. We will deal with each one individually.

Within AhSay we can backup you ID structures, we can backup your files on your exchange server independently at brick level. If we were looking at the environments for a client, we can do this with Veeam very simply, it is very straight forward.

Once you have got your backup solution designed, you have to sit down and work up a schedule for backups. The schedule is very important because there is not point in having a backup that is out of date by two weeks with all your financial information on it if you are changing 10,000 transactions a day. At the same time, there is no point in backing up an Excel file that has not been updated in the last ten years. These backups are all different, so we would recommend that you look up the data type that you are looking at and decide how frequently you want to back it up.

How To Restore From The Server

How To Restore From The Server

After you have you backup designed, you have actually done your first backups and you have got your incremental change backups happening daily or every four hours – you always need to test the restore. If you do not test your restore, you are basically going into this with blind faith and I would recommend that most people should be testing their restore procedures once every six months. Much more often than that will make the cost of it prohibitive and much less than that could be risky for your business organization.

In conclusion, what we say is that using Veeam, AhSay or any other piece of software you should always do a full backup and test it, and do a full restore and test it.

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