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Cloud Disaster Recovery: Building a DR Plan for the Cloud

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You can never know when a disaster will occur to your cloud infrastructure. You can, however, prepare a cloud disaster recovery plan that enables you to restore operations quickly whenever disaster does strike your cloud. This article explains how. Continue reading

How to Improve Security of S3 Buckets Using S3 Access Logs

Amazon S3 bucket logging: enable, read and access S3 logsImagine the situation: you browse your Amazon S3 bucket and suddenly discover that some files are missing. Since Amazon S3 offers high durability, it leaves almost no chance for these files to disappear due to a system failure or disaster. Apparently, they were deleted by a user. How to find out who did that?
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Creating and Accessing Amazon S3 VPC Endpoint

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We are always trying to stay on top of the new functionality introduced by Amazon. In this guide, we will describe how to create and access Amazon S3 endpoint in your VPC.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) is the Amazon service that allows you to create and manage virtual private networks. By default, all AWS resources are accessed via the public Internet. You may need to restrict access to your cloud network due to security requirements of your project. Before now, you had to allow internet communications between your VPC and AWS resources that you need. The recently introduced feature called VPC Endpoints allows you to keep your VPC truly private and grant access only to the resources that you need directly from the network itself.
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Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing: Best Practices

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Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to disaster recovery planning best practices, disaster recovery testing process and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning. Continue reading

How to Restore from System Image Backup with CloudBerry Backup

CloudBerry Backup for Windows Server allows you to easily restore your system from an image backup. You can perform restores directly from the cloud or USB flash drive to any dissimilar hardware or Hyper-V, VMware virtual machine or Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud virtual environment.

Below are the instructions on how to restore your system from an image backup. (You might also be interested to check our article on the difference between system image backup and system state backup.) Continue reading

Direct Upload to AWS Glacier or Upload through AWS S3. Comparison


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Amazon Glacier is a cloud service dedicated for storing archived data which is not likely to be retrieved often. In other words, it is designed for infrequently accessed data. Glacier has high latency of data retrieval but offers low pricing and high safety for stored archives. In this article we are going to explain Glacier’s data uploading nuances.

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Types of Backup: Incremental, Differential, Full and Synthetic Full Backup Explained

Types of Backup: Incremental, Differential, Full and Synthetic Full Backup Explained
What could possibly be easier than performing a backup? Many things, actually. There are different types of backup and additional features that can help you achieve your specific goals. In this article, we are covering the differences between the most popular types of data backup:

  • Full Backup
  • Incremental Backup
  • Differential Backup
  • Synthetic Full Backup

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Synthetic Full Backup with CloudBerry Backup

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Synthetic full backup is, basically, full backup and incremental backup mixed together. In the end, you get a full backup on the storage, that's incrementally being updated, without unnecessary or outdated data. You always have your up-to-date full backup.

We have developed a synthetic full backup feature for image-based backups in CloudBerry Backup. This enhancement decreases the amount of data uploaded to the cloud and accelerates the overall process. We are going to explain the technical background and show how to use the new feature.
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Amazon S3 vs EBS vs EFS. The Difference Explained

Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, and Amazon EBS are three different storage types, designed by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 is an object storage and is suitable for storing user files and backups in massive numbers. Amazon EFS was designed to provide scalable storage for the users of Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon EBS was also created to enhance the functionality of Amazon EC2 - it is similar to your computer's drive but in a virtualized environment. All these services are great, but only if you use them in accordance with their purpose.

In this article, we will define the difference between Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS storage options.  Continue reading

Incremental Backup: Definition, How It Works, Software to Use

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Incremental backup is a feature that analyzes your files, finds new and modified files and uploads only those files to your storage. To perform the incremental backup you need, of course, to perform an initial full backup. (Needless to say, this is one of the most efficient ways to perform your backup.)
In this article, we will talk about incremental backup, its strengths and weaknesses, and about the implementation of incremental backup in CloudBerry Backup software.

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