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 AWS backup & disaster 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.
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.