How-To Guides

Here you can find an information tutorials and “how-to” guides for CloudBerry Lab products.

Allocating CloudBerry Backup VM socket licenses


CloudBerry Backup VM edition by default comes with two processor socket licenses included, meaning that you can only backup your virtual machines from tte hypervisor that has no more than two physical processors. If your hypervisor incorporates three or more physical processors, you'll have to purchase an extra processor socket license for each processor. In this article we will explain how to purchase said socket licenses and attach them to your main CloudBerry Backup VM edition license.

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5 Reasons Why MSPs Should Offer Online Managed Backup Services

why you should offer online managed backup

If you’ve already decided to start an MSP business, then you’ve made the right choice. The current market for IT managed service providers is constantly growing with more and more opportunities arising every single day.

That said, using an online backup service as an MSP is hands down one of the best ways to provide quality service to your clientele. That’s because online backup services allow you to ardently secure your clients' data by keeping reserve copies of your clients’ critical files, folders, and hard drives on a remote server or in a cloud storage platform like Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure. Perhaps more importantly, when a service provider offers backup-as-a-service to his clients, he/she can always help to restore that data whenever the client needs it.

Securely storing your customer's data to a preferred cloud provider has numerous advantages than simply backing up the data to a local storage location. Let's take a closer look at these benefits below. Continue reading

4 Ways to Protect Against Ransomware with Backups

4 ways to protect against ransomware with backups

In our last article, we described the recent situation with many organizations were hit by the WannaCry strain of ransomware – and the possible ways of retaliation. In some cases, organizations simply chose to pay the ransom of $300 – a mere pittance compared to the value of lost data. But WannaCry was not ransomware targeting businesses; instead, it was focused on impacting individuals. Thus, the extremely low ransom.  In many ways, organizations hit by WannaCry were lucky.

But the next ransomware variant may not be so nice.

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Recovery Time Objective (RTO) Explained

Recovery time objective (RTO) explained

The main aspect of every backup and recovery strategy is a balance of RTO and RPO objectives. They regard how quickly and precisely you will be able to get the data back if something goes wrong. In case of disaster, recovery time objective becomes one of the most valuable characteristics in the business planning.
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Backup vs. Disaster Recovery

Backup vs Disaster Recovery

If you tell someone that your computer crashed, the first question you usually hear in response is “Did you back up your files?”

That’s the right question to ask if you’re talking only about personal data or a single computer. When your PC crashes, having a data backup available is usually all you need to restore your normal routine.

But if it comes to a company, backing up data is not enough. When a company’s infrastructure is damaged or data is lost, a full disaster recovery operation needs to take place to restore operations without causing critical disruptions to the company. Disaster recovery requires much more than simply backing up files.

To understand why, you need to appreciate the difference between backup and disaster recovery, which this article explains.

It might seem that we are talking obvious things here, however, in the article you will find a couple of numbers about backup and disaster recovery.

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RTO vs. RPO: Two Means toward the Same End

RTO vs RPO. The difference

RTO and RPO (recovery time objective and recovery point objective) are two key metrics that organizations must consider in order to develop an appropriate disaster recovery plan that can maintain business continuity after an unexpected event.

Although only one letter separates RTO from RPO, it’s important not to confuse or conflate these two metrics. Both help to determine maximum tolerable hours for data recovery, how often data backups should occur and what your recovery process should be. Both need to be considered when creating a disaster recovery plan.

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Bare metal Restore with CloudBerry Backup

bare metal restore with cloudberry backup

Bare metal restore is a technique in the field of data restoration that enables you to recover backed up data on a bare metal machine, i.e., computer with no installed operating system. The use-cases for bare metal restore include ransomware strikes, hardware failures, operating system malfunction, and so forth. Needless to say, all of the cases typically require complete erasing or replacement of the storage media.
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Differences Between System Image and System State Backup Explained

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CloudBerry Backup supports a broad range of data protection scenarios, including system state and image-based backup and recovery plans. By using these tools, you can solve several system-wide issues. In this article, we are going to evaluate their possibilities and strengths in depth, and look at how to create image-based and system state backups. Continue reading