Backup and Recovery

WORLD BACKUP DAY - The Golden 3-2-1 BackUp Rule

Backup is important but it is just as important to remember that having one backup copy is sometimes not enough. For example, let’s assume that you backup your computer to an external drive, which you keep in your home office. If your computer crashes, you have the backup copy. However, if a fire breaks out in your home, it will destroy both your computer and the external drive.

For this reason, Acronis has created the 3-2-1 rule (video):

By keeping backup copies both locally and offsite – perhaps in the cloud - you double the protection of your data in the event of any unforeseen event or disaster.

Businesses are desperate to have hosting providers offer a local and cloud backup and recovery solution they can trust. The market is set to explode in the next few years, so now is the perfect time to jump in.

In today's infographic (downloadable version below) we explain why you, as a hosting provider, should start selling backup as a service

The opportunity for hosting providers:

  • Solve customers’ data protection needs quickly
  • Expand service portfolio with backup & recovery today
  • Create new revenue streams with zero entry costs
  • Reduce churn with local and cloud backup and bare-metal recovery
  • Keep growing with DRaaS and more innovations from Acronis

What IT Leaders Can Learn from Facebook's Extreme Data Center Test

Just because a system and its data are backed up doesn't mean the underlying data protection methods will work if something goes wrong. To find out, IT must verify that the systems are in place and function correctly. Facebook recently took that advice to the extreme by shutting down one of its data centers to test how the infrastructure and systems would perform. 

"This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually respond," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, said at the @Scale Conference in San Francisco. 

The team's motivation for performing the tests was to learn to embrace failure and to react and recovery quickly, Parikh said. 

The True Cost of Lost — or Nearly Lost — Data

If you’ve ever had a device crash, taking all your data with it, you know how painful the experience can be. When that happens on a large scale, the effects can be devastating. Data loss costs the average business $586,000 a year, and that doesn't address the personal, emotional and cultural costs of losing everything from financial data to great works of art. The worst part? It can easily be avoided.

Here are four real-world examples of data that was lost — or nearly lost — but could have been saved with a simple, foolproof backup plan.

Organizations of all sizes are dealing with more data today than ever before. Much of this data is so integrated into business processes that it ensures businesses keep functioning. Our data dependency makes it vital to set up systems that protect critical data on a day-to-day basis, so now matter what—power outage, device theft or human error—business doesn’t skip a beat. 

 

However, it is also important to build a robust Disaster Recovery Plan for your data in the event of a worst-case scenario. Developing an entire Disaster Recovery Plan from scratch can be an overwhelming process, so I have come up with five simple tips to help you get started in building your own sound and foolproof plan:

 

1. Assume the Worst 

Does Everybody Love a Cloud?

A song got stuck in my head the other day.  The old Gary Lewis and the Playboys hit, “Everybody loves a Clown”, except I kept hearing it as “Everybody loves a Cloud”.

 

Many people are talking these days about the way cloud computing is changing our lives. Many new technologies are coming on the stage to make our lives easier, make our work more efficient, reduce expenditures and headaches. So many in fact that it is becoming harder and harder to keep your finger on the pulse and distinguish which could benefit you. I will try to simplify all this mess and explain how to arrange a backup service for your vCloud environment (be it a public cloud or an internal private cloud) by using Acronis Backup and Recovery (ABR) for vCloud. I’ll also go on to briefly describe the benefits from this technology. 

BaaS vs regular backup approach

In this modern computing world with multitudes of trends and innovations, we sometimes find ourselves lost in between new technologies, terminologies and words. Why do we tend to make things more difficult than they have to be? This was my thought when I started a set of blog posts simply describing new computing trends. Here is another trend that I would like to simplify – Data Protection.

Data Protection is the process of copying a file, folder or volume on a storage device for the purpose of recovery in case the original data is accidentally erased, damaged or destroyed. You might know this process under different name which is much easier to remember, that name is Backup.

In this modern computing world with multitudes of various trends and innovations, we sometimes find ourselves lost in between new technologies, terminologies and words. Why do we tend to make things more difficult than they have to be? That was my thought when I started a set of blog posts describing the new computing trends in a simple way. Here is another trend that I would like to simplify – virtualization.

Virtualized environments continue to grow in popularity with real implications when it comes to data protection and disaster recovery, but many IT organizations still think that only physical data is important to protect.  

Let’s start with the quick analogy to simplify the virtualization concept:

What RPO Really Means

In a backup world, Recovery Point Objective (RPO) defines points you can recover to. For example, doing hourly backups will ensure that you can always recover to a state that is no later than an hour before a disaster. This is usually referred to as “one hour RPO.” But this is not enough. What if you need a file that was deleted a month ago? One-hour-old backup will not help: You need at least a month-old backup, or a year-old backup.

Rule #1: RPO should not only define the latest point you can recover to, but also a set of older points to which recovery is possible. 

At the same time, keeping all backups forever is usually not a feasible option. With hourly backups, you would end up having about 8,760 recovery points every year, which becomes unmanageable very soon. It is not possible to keep all the recovery points and some will need to be deleted. However, simply