Utilising the cloud to store backups is a great way to add a secure offsite location to your backup strategy.
Managing your overheads.
It’s just one of the endless art forms you need to master when you take the decision to become the owner of a small business.
In an ideal world, your IT expenses at least, would all be handled by a wonderfully competent outsourced IT support firm. Failing that, a trusted team of dedicated IT staff.
In my experience of the size of companies we tend to work with, it’s quite possible you’re not in possession of either of those things, and that can bump IT-related decisions down the priority order occasionally.
Back in May of last year, there was a veritable buzz in the office as BackupAssist released v10, and with it their shiny new ‘Cloud Backup’ engine, designed at the time to work only with public cloud giants AWS and Azure.
The buzz was partly around the potential for the new technology. Here was a backup engine that could happily back up large files over a WAN, that would encrypt, deduplicate and compress, and that could also be set up with very little effort.
We mentioned then that this was the first iteration and in the newly released 10.3 you’re seeing the next step. In this latest release, the Cloud Backup engine has been expanded to include support for WebDAV destinations, unlocking a wide variety of destinations including Windows machines, NAS devices, and third-party hosting companies.
In addition to supporting local destination media such as USB hard drives, network shares and RDX, BackupAssist also provides a way to back up important files and folders to a public cloud provider such as Amazon or Microsoft.
Designed to be an additional layer of protection to your local backup routine, the Cloud Backup Add-on is ideal for disaster recovery scenarios and popular with Hyper-V users who want an off-site location for Guest VM’s.
In the second instalment of a new series where we focus on specific features, Neil walks you through setting up a job using the Cloud Backup Add-on, showing both the steps required in BackupAssist and what’s needed in Azure.
Over to you Neil!
It’s been a couple of months since we announced the launch of BackupAssist v10 and its super efficient new cloud backup engine. The significance of the new engine is that it unlocks the possibility of using public cloud giants AWS and Azure as backup destination options.
While the BackupAssist side of things is typically easy to configure, I’ve had a few requests for help navigating Azure’s configuration options, so in this article, I’ll be walking through the steps as they are today.
We’re very pleased indeed to officially announce that 2013 will see the launch of the latest offering in the fantastic MailStore product set, MailStore Cloud Edition. The concept of this product is that service providers will be able to offer their customers, a multi-tennant email archiving service, thereby completing their email service portfolio.
You may recall towards the tail end of last year I posted about BackupAssist developer Cortex’s excellent series of six Rsync videos.
I know the ability to off-site your data using BackupAssist is a popular feature so I wanted to let you know that Cortex have updated the series in line with the new version 7 release and I’ve also updated my original post.
If you use BackupAssist with Rsync jobs I highly recommend you follow the guide lines in these videos to keep up with best practices.
- Off-site backup with BackupAssist and Rsync – “How-to” videos (zensoftware.co.uk)
Whether you’ve already come across something similar or just want to further your technical understanding of the product, we’d highly recommend a watch when you get a moment…
Our Aussie friends over at BackupAssist developers Cortex IT have recently released a set of 5 excellent short videos showing how to configure an Rsync server from start to finish.
We also cover this setup procedure in our installation guide here, but if you are planning on setting up your own Rsync server using cwRsync, CopSSH and BackupAssist these are definitely worth a watch.