August sees the launch of the Idera v5 backup platform in the iWeb Control Center and with all iWeb dedicated hosting and cloud hosting options. If you’re considering protecting your data, take a look at these considerations for information backup and recovery decisions.
Server backup (also commonly referred to as data protection) is a key element of managing risk and disaster recovery. Buying backup is a little like buying insurance – you don’t really see the benefit until something bad happens. That means it’s sometimes overlooked until it’s too late. Before deciding for or against data backup, consider the cost-effectiveness and potential value of backing up your data. Here are five key considerations to help you do just that, and to help you choose a data backup plan like iWeb’s server backup, powered by Idera v5.
Advanced backup platforms like Idera 5 use delta-only backup. That means once you have backed up your chosen data once, you only ever backup the files that have changed. That saves you time and bandwidth, and if you pay for that extra bandwidth, it also saves you money too. It also means that unnecessary bandwidth usage doesn’t slow down other users and data transfer. In short, delta-only is awesome at saving you from wasting time and bandwidth.
Idera 5 also includes Continuous Data Protection technology that backs up at the block level instead of the file level. This shortens backup windows and reduces disk I/O when compared to file-based full and incremental backups. Even quicker and more cost effective!
Should the worst occur, it is important to know how to recover your data, and how long that might take. If you manage your own back ups, establish a recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO).
Your RTO should be determined by understanding how quickly data must be restored in order to avoid unacceptable consequences to business continuity. In order to understand if you can meet the RTO, make sure that you understand the process and delay in recovering data. For example this might be influenced by how quickly you know that data has been lost (server monitoring); whether you can access the backups remotely (e.g. the iWeb Control Center) and how long the back ups take. With Idera v5, you can recover large file systems or entire servers fast with Bare-Metal Restore, as well as granular file restore and one-click VM restore. You can even restore while a backup job is running.
Your recovery point objective RPO should be determined from the amount of time/data that is is acceptable to lose. This should be evaluated against the cost and capacity of your backup platform and set as the frequency of your backups. Idera v5 allows you to set a retention policy that automatically backs up your data at a given interval, like 15 minutes. And all the backup management, including all the policy and restore functions are all right there in the iWeb Control Center, which you can access from anywhere. Simple really!
Buying backup is like buying an insurance policy. You’re hedging against data loss, but you’re also buying peace of mind. Make sure that you’re satisfied your backed up data is safe, or it really could be lost for good.
Using Idera v5 in the iWeb Control Center lets you enable AES-256 Disk Safe Encryption at the time of creation of Disk Safes for backed up data. This aids in the protection of data stored in the backup server, and in protection of the data over the network.
Idera v5’s Server Backup Manager SE also monitors your data to make sure it’s safe from corruption. This reduces the need for test restores, and gives you confidence in the integrity and restore-ability of your data. And most importantly you can sleep soundly at night!
Whichever backup platform you use, remember to check in every now and again to make sure that you haven’t run out of disk space, and that your automatic backups are still working. iWeb customers can enjoy managed backup, which means we’ll help you set up your backups, then manage them for you and get in touch if you need to act. And whether it’s managed or self-service, you can view everything and scale your backup easily in the iWeb Control Center.
Finally you can maximize the security of your data by hosting it on a dedicated backup server, rather than in the cloud. Although cloud backup is very secure, dedicated backup servers are inherently the most secure option because they contain only your data and only you have access. They also have a higher capacity and can be more cost effective if you have more than three servers to backup.
If your data protection and backup is not easy to implement and manage, you risk missing critical backups and spending so much time administering your backups that it becomes an expensive and complicated task. That’s why it’s important to consider the total cost of the backup plan, including the amount of IT resource time and additional services that are required, especially if it looks like you have found a cheap deal.
Features that help with simplicity include the ability to set a policy that automatically backs up your data at regular intervals. It’s also good to have a plan that has adequate capacity for your data now, and in the foreseeable future (or the ability to easily scale up as your requirements grow).
These are all features offered by iWeb with the new Idera 5 backup, all controlled alongside your other server access in the iWeb Control Center. If you don’t have IT resource available, we’ll even manage it all for you.
Server backup cost efficiency comes down to how effectively your backup platform does the job – considering all the points above – versus the lifetime cost of your server backup platform. That cost is not just the price of the server backup plan itself, but includes all these types of costs:
- Backup plan costs - including file storage, setup and licenses
- Local bandwidth – depends on features and bandwidth pricing
- Backup management - depends on simplicity and service
It is hard to calculate ROI on server backup as it is an insurance against potential losses that may or may not happen, although a thorough risk assessment may allow you to quantify your decision better.
Features like file exclusion, delta-only backup and unmetered bandwidth can reduce the cost of server backup while increasing its effectiveness (all these features are available with iWeb). You can also control the cost of management by purchasing managed backup for your server, particularly if you do not have a system administrator available to regularly check and manage your backups. This is a service offered by iWeb as part of our managed hosting plan.
Another factor that will impact on the price you pay for backup is where the data is stored. For relatively smaller amounts of data (up to 500GB with iWeb) you can store your backups in the cloud. But for larger amounts of data, perhaps if you want to back up data for more than 3 servers, a dedicated backup server can become a much more cost effective option due to its fixed cost and high capacity. Take a look at our server backup page to understand the difference between the two, and see how much it might cost to back up your servers.
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