By Alexander Eiriksson, COO at Securstore
September 06, 2013

Securstore Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Being Aware of What it Takes to Backup your Server to the Cloud

The moment an organization decides to backup server information, the first bump looms ahead. The Windows Server platform is not homogeneous. There are several windows servers and several versions of these servers to manage. With each Server version release the plug-in technology may have to be upgraded/ changed. Many Cloud backup software match the Server type and version with the plug-in to remove this bump for their customers. All users need to do is download the right plug-in and backup their server to the Cloud backup server.

Managing server content is the second bump that must be negotiated. The data could be a set of SQL databases or an Exchange server system or a NetApp or a HyperV server. A whole new set of problems can emerge with each of these servers. Further, the data to be backed up may be distributed across server systems and may have to be consolidated, integrated into a single database. Cloud backup software migrate distributed Server content to the Cloud in a WAN efficient manner using appropriate tools. Data being sent offsite can be managed from the local environment with no hardware/ software additions.

The third visible bump is—Data transfer speed. The first backup (data seeding) is time consuming and the length of time consumed will be in direct proportion to the amount of information that is transferred from the Windows Server to the remote Cloud server.

Incremental may slow down due to pre-transmission processes that may be built into the Cloud backup software such as de-duplication, encryption and compression.

If data is de-duplicated at source, binary comparisons of the backup set and the seeded data will be performed before the data is moved to the Cloud. The process may take inordinate amounts of time, if the volume of data to be examined and transferred is large.

The type of encryption used and the complexity of the encryption may further prolong the process of data transfer. Compression algorithms may add to performance delays. The reversal of the process of encryption and compression at the time of restoring information or rebuilding of the information from the original/incremental backup repositories may cause undesirable latency in data delivery.

The available bandwidth and the ways in which the bandwidth usage is regulated by the Cloud service will also determine the speed of data transfer.

Cloud services distinguish themselves in the ways in which they address and resolve these issues for their customers.

So, check out what your selected Cloud backup service has on offer for you in each of these areas!

Securstore provides a bespoke offsite backup solution catered for customers who have both mission-critical data and non-critical data i.e. it provides customers with a secure & efficient backup and recovery solution which is sustainable over time. This coupled with agentless technology and advanced support for all environments and applications makes it suitable for any type of business, data centre provider or reseller.

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About the Author: Alexander Eiriksson is the COO of Securstore, an Asigra based cloud backup provider certified by British Standards Institute for ISO 27001 and ANAB. Established in 1991, Securstore provides businesses and enterprise customers a technically advanced solution in UK, Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


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