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Cloud Disaster Recovery: Building a DR Plan for the Cloud

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

Imagine 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? Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Direct Upload to Amazon Glacier vs Upload through Amazon S3

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 a 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. Continue reading

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

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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