Category: Backups

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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In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of Amazon Elastic Block Store snapshots, also known as EBS snapshots. Since these snapshots allow users to easily and efficiently make incremental backups of their data as needed rather than performing a complete backup, they have become one of the more popular features associated with Amazon Web Services (AWS). However, while making incremental backups via EBS snapshots can save your company time and money, there are still a few potential problems that must be overcome. Specifically, for users who are attempting to use EBS snapshots with a Windows server instance, steps must be taken to ensure that files that are in use during the snapshot process are not excluded, which would lead to an incomplete backup.

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