Category: Backups

Simple File Level Recovery for EBS Snapshots

When it comes to your company’s backup and disaster recovery needs, Amazon Web Services’ cloud-computing platform is an ideal choice. But despite its inherent benefits, file-level recovery for EBS snapshots can still be a difficult, time-consuming process, especially for non-IT professionals. However, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we’ll take a look at how file-level recovery for AWS EBS snapshots work. We’ll also discuss how a third-party provider like CloudRanger can greatly simplify the process

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Top AWS Backup & Disaster Recovery Considerations for MSPs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-computing platform can greatly simplify a company’s backup and recovery process without the need for costly onsite equipment. However, because using AWS is somewhat complicated and still requires a certain level of scripting, many businesses chose to outsource this task to a managed service provider (MSP) or value-added reseller (VAR). So in the following article, we’ll highlight important details to consider regarding backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs. We’ll also explain how third-party providers like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs further streamline and simplify their clients’ backups and recovery methods, saving time and money in the process.

Which Backup Method Is Right For The Client?

When it comes to backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs, the first consideration should be choosing the right backup method for your client. With AWS, the two main options for backups are AMIs and EBS snapshots. An AMI is an encrypted machine image that contains all the information necessary to restore your data. EBS snapshots are backups of Amazon EBS volumes which capture incremental block-level changes to the original. Overall, instance store-based AMIs are slower, less flexible, and more costly than their EBS counterparts. But AMIs might still be the better option depending on your client’s specific needs. So before you go any further, a thorough assessment is in order.

But regardless of which backup method is right for your client, a third-party service like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs manage, automate, and streamline the backup process.

What Are The Client’s Specific Disaster Recovery Needs?

Once you determine the best method for backing up your client’s data, it’s time to develop a backup and recovery strategy. And an important component of backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs is establishing your client’s tolerance for both downtime and data loss. It’s imperative to calculate the amount of money a client could lose from downtime/data loss and weigh it against the amount of money to be spent on backup and restoration. Only then is it possible to realistically determine how frequently backups should occur, and which AWS disaster recovery method is the best option.

If your client has a high tolerance for downtime/data loss, it may make sense to utilize cheaper, less extensive disaster recovery methods. Whereas clients requiring little or no downtime should probably pay a premium for more comprehensive methods. But whichever recovery method ends up making the most sense, a third-party service like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs simplify disaster recovery, making it easy to copy snapshots and AMIs and quickly restore them.

Is Your Client’s Backup Data Geographically Diversified?

As an MSP, having backup and recovery methods in place for your client’s data is critical. But it’s just as important to ensure that your client’s backup data is not being stored in close proximity to the primary production environment. After all, if a large-scale disaster destroys your client’s data, any backup data stored in the same vicinity is also at risk of being lost.

Luckily, the decentralized nature and global reach of AWS makes it easy and affordable for MSPs and VARs to store their client’s critical information in multiple geographic locations. And third-party services like CloudRanger simplify the process even further, allowing MSPs and VARs to easily schedule backups and recover data across AWS regions around the world without the need for in-house scripting.

How Will You Manage The Backup Needs Of Multiple Clients?

Now that we’ve discussed important considerations regarding backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs, it’s time to put this knowledge to work. However, simultaneously managing the backup and recovery needs of multiple clients can be a daunting task, especially given the limited nature of the native AWS Dashboard.

Third-party services like CloudRanger can greatly ease this burden by allowing MSPs and VARs to access multiple customer accounts through a single, easy-to-use console (as opposed to multiple AWS logins/dashboards). This single point of entry makes it easy to schedule and monitor the backup process for multiple clients with varying strategies and objectives, and helps save your company time and money.

About CloudRanger

CloudRanger offers a simple AWS cloud management system for scheduling critical, repetitive tasks without the need for in-house coding. By utilizing our services, your organization will save both time and money. 

Our AWS cloud management system is easy to set up and get started. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free. So why not experience the features and benefits CloudRanger has to offer?

10 Tips for Developing an AWS Disaster Recovery Plan

Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud-based platforms provide users with a flexible, easily scalable solution to meet their computing needs. It also eliminates the need for users to invest in a costly physical computer infrastructure of their own. So when it comes disaster recovery, this versatile, decentralized system is an ideal solution for your business. However, while AWS might provide the necessary features for disaster recovery, these tools will prove useless in the absence of a comprehensive strategy. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for developing an AWS disaster recovery plan, along with some information about how third-party vendors like CloudRanger can help with the plan’s implementation.

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Choosing The Best EC2 Backup Strategy To Meet Your Needs

The benefits and flexibility associated with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) services are well known. But this same flexibility can make developing a cheap, effective EC2 backup strategy seem like a daunting task. With so many varying methods available for backing up your data, it can be difficult to determine which solution best fits your company’s needs. But don’t panic. In this blog, we’ll examine the most common EC2 backup strategies so that you can better identify which option is right for you. We’ll also discuss the benefits of using a third-party vendor to manage, automate, and streamline the backup process, allowing you to focus on your core business needs.

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How to create EC2 Server Snapshots By Instance Tag with CloudRanger

Many users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are looking for a backup solution to easily manage snapshots, scheduling and the deletion of old snapshots. You can achieve this by writing your own script or by using an AWS backup solution such as CloudRanger to manage this for you.
CloudRanger is a leading backup and recovery solution for Amazon EC2 & RDS resources. Our solution focuses on the scheduling of backups and the retention policies around your snapshots. It can automate all aspects of the AWS backup process, including cross-region backups for disaster recovery, and will provide you with peace of mind that backups are always being done.
In this blog post, we are going to explain how you can easily set up a task to create an AWS EC2 Server Snapshot By Instance Tag with CloudRanger.

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VOKKE streamline and simplify their EBS snapshot management with CloudRanger

While searching online for a solution to help with their AWS EBS snapshot management, VOKKE found CloudRanger. It became quickly apparent that CloudRanger offered the solution VOKKE were looking for by streamlining and simplifying their backup activities. VOKKE now use CloudRanger to automatically snapshot and rotate their EBS volumes by tag, as well as terminate servers at night when workloads are low.

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The benefits of automated AWS backups

Let’s be honest, we are all busy people and where possible,  we want to automate tasks. We want to be able to set something up and then forget about it, safe in the knowledge that it’s being taken care of in the background.

Although AWS allow you to take snapshots of your EBS volumes, it still requires some manual effort and is subject to human error. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.

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CloudRanger’s AWS Backup Solution Provides Savings to SMEs

The ERNACT regions have recently completed a project with CloudRanger to move all applications to the cloud, including TeamWorker, the network’s mission-critical European project collaboration platform. Other services that have been migrated to the cloud – built on a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Office365 – are accounting, payroll, websites, SQL Server, file storage, mail and desktop applications.  CloudRanger has established a reputation as experts in cloud migration and has developed innovative software for automated backups for Amazon Web Services.

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What’s the difference between an AMI or creating EBS snapshots?

Why do we need a simpler way to launch a new EC2 instance, does AWS not already tell us how simple this process is and how quick and easy it is to set up? This is all true, however, as more organisations migrate to the cloud AWS continually, strive to meet their customer’s demands and develop with them new ways to meet their organisation requirements or giving the customer the right tools for the right job. So let’s compare, What’s involved in creating an AMI and how does it work, compared to creating an EBS volume Snapshot?

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The Benefits of AWS Snapshot and Backup Automation

The traditional backup procedure associated with data sets would potentially throw up several issues along the way, like version skew which could result in data corruption. Also, the resources required to carry out the task, and the time it would take to complete could present significant problems. This is where snapshot automation technology can be of great benefit. A snapshot, in basic terms, is a copy of a data set at a particular moment in time, in other words, you don’t need to back up your entire data set to get full data protection which may be essential for mission critical businesses. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.

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