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Cloud Ready Solutions have helped onboard many companies to the cloud, and indeed, Amazon AWS is a very popular choice. One reoccurring question that gets asked is:

How do I backup my servers and data and recover them locally if required?

Another question is: How do I incorporate my AWS backups with my on-premise backups and the remote site backups?

The final question that needs answering is: How can I back up all of my servers across multiple Cloud geographical regions without significant data transfer costs?

In this video, I’m going to demonstrate how Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) can offer a comprehensive backup solution for your servers running in AWS or any other cloud platform. I’m also going to show how these backup images can be quickly even “instantaneously” restored to an on-premise virtual infrastructure.

Demo Setup

I’ll quickly explain the workflow for this demo. In the cloud, I have a simple server infrastructure. I have a domain controller I have a Microsoft SQL Server, and I have an IIS web server. I’ve deployed a cloud-based recovery point server (RPS) to store local deduplicated backup data.

The cloud-based production servers complete Infinite Incremental deduplicated backups as often as every 15 minutes to the cloud-based RPS server. It is possible to archive the recovery points on a scheduled basis to Amazon S3 and Glacier.

Back in my on-premise or Disaster Recovery datacenter, I have a second recovery point server. This RPS is receiving backup data from local servers, and it’s collecting deduplicated backup data from other sites and the cloud-based recovery point server.

Global Deduplication means that full system backups of the cloud service can be completed and replicated to the remote site with only a small amount of data transfer.

The last part of the demo is a feature called Virtual Standby. If required the RPS server can automatically restore the latest backup as a virtual machine waiting to instantly available when needed. The Virtual Standby will maintain up to 31 versions of the full system backup and can automatically reprogram the servers network settings to be appropriate for the new network subnet.

Summary

I hope you enjoyed the demo video.

To recap what the demo covered.

We had three Servers in Amazon EC2 that were backing up to a local repository server using Arcserve UDP Infinite Incremental backups with source-side deduplication. Those backups can then be archived off to Amazon S3 and then to Glacier if long-term retention is needed. The cloud-based recovery point server can then synchronise its backup information to an on-premise recovery point server or a recovery point server in a different cloud which may contain data from other locations, so they all get the benefit of a global our enterprise-wide deduplication.

Finally, the backups can leverage Virtual Standby to prepare pre-recovered Virtual Machines that are instantly available. So when a backup completes, UDP will automatically restore the backup to a virtual machine that can be available immediately when required.

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