Category: Backups

As most Amazon Web Services (AWS) users probably know, one of the most popular features offered on the platform is the ability to take point-in-time snapshots of data stored in Amazon Elastic Block Store. This method, more commonly referred to as an EBS snapshot, makes it easy and efficient to save incremental changes to your data at the block level, and eliminates the need to regularly engage in a full-blown backup of your files. And by ignoring unchanged data, EBS snapshots minimize the amount of time required to create a backup, which also helps save users money.

However, one traditional downside of backing up data with EBS snapshots is the difficulty of searching for and retrieving individual files, which can often be a cumbersome, time-consuming process. This proved to be a major problem for users, especially for those working for an enterprise-level business with vast amounts of data. But thanks to CloudRanger’s new file-level search functionality, retrieving backups of the specific files you need whenever you need them is as easy as using a search engine.

In the following article, we’ll explain how CloudRanger’s new file-level search functionality works. We’ll also explore the benefits of this exciting new tool, and explain how fits into a larger AWS backup/disaster recovery plan.

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In this guest blog post, W. Curtis Preston (aka “ Mr Backup”) poses the question ‘Do you need to backup EC2 VMs?’. W. Curtis Preston is an expert in backup & recovery systems; a space he has been working in since 1993. He has written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery. As well as being the Chief Technical Architect at Druva, Mr. Preston is also an independent consultant and writer and has spoken at over 300 seminars and conferences around the world.

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Businesses are now using AWS cloud to enable faster disaster recovery of their critical IT applications without incurring the additional costs of on-premise infrastructure. One of the many benefits of AWS cloud is that it supports a number of disaster recovery scenarios from “pilot light”, to “hot standby”. AWS cloud offers a range of cloud-based disaster recovery services that enable the rapid recovery of your IT infrastructure and data. In this article, we will explain what you need to consider when planning your AWS DR strategy, including the frequency of testing, the types of backups you are going to require and explain how CloudRanger can help to improve your AWS DR strategy with automated testing.
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As a company that specializes in simplifying and demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS), we here at CloudRanger are constantly answering questions about the AWS platform and its various features. And despite the diverse nature of our client base, one question seems to pop up on a regular basis: Where are my Amazon EBS snapshots stored?

As such, we decided to give this frequently-asked question its very own blog post. In the following article, we’ll explain in detail how and where AWS EBS snapshots are stored, and explain why the answer to this question isn’t quite as straightforward as it may seem at first glance. We’ll also explain how using CloudRanger can greatly simplify the EBS snapshot backup process.

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