Those who work online know how important it is to perform automatic backups of their data. Many activities have servers (proprietary or by subscription) on which reside not only documents, but also software for managing the IT part of the company. Even for blogs like Guideitech proper management of fundamental backups. Should there be any problems with your server or there is an external attack, without a backup you would risk the complete loss of all the data necessary for the site to function.
If you manage a site, an online activity or you are developing an app that requires the use of an external server, you should think about adopting a backup policy. Server and storage space providers often provide free automatic backups. The problem of these solutions that do not allow control over the type of backup that will be performed on the server. For example, we cannot manage how often data is saved and how many copies are available for greater redundancy.
Automatic backups with Aruba's Cloud Backup
In search of a good service that would allow me to create backup copies of Guideitech's server, I decided to try the solution proposed by aruba. The Aruba Backup Cloud is a service that allows you to create and set up automated backups not only of your physical servers (which may not even be hosted on Aruba's servers), but also of virtual machines and PCs.
One of the strengths of this service is the possibility of being able to manage every aspect of backups. In the configuration phase it is possible to choose which type of tariff plan to adopt: you can decide to rely on a plan that for a fixed monthly price provides a minimum of 50GB (6.99 per month) up to a maximum of 500GB (for larger memory cuts need to contact customer service); or you can decide to pay as you go, with 1.50 per month paid for every 10GB you occupy.
Cloud Backup of Aruba provides a console that allows you to manage backups to 360. To access the console you need to register and install a Agent on your server. This agent will take care of managing the connection between our server and Aruba servers, so as to be able to perform data saving operations in total transparency. If you're wondering if this add-on can cause workloads on the server, the answer isn't.
One of the advantages of the Aruba solution that once the first backup is finished, the next ones will be incremental. This means that the entire disk will not be backed up but only the latest changes will be taken into consideration. Furthermore the communication between our servers and those of Aruba is completely encrypted, as well as all the data resident on the servers of Cloud Backup (the encryption system is used AES). Furthermore, compression policies are adopted that allow limited bandwidth usage and faster transfer speed.
Through the management console it is possible to manage the frequency with which the backups must be performed going to configure different Job. The parameters that can be configured are really many and the most advanced users can manage backup strategies in a detailed and detailed way. For example, we can decide to keep all backups archived or only those of a time interval defined by us. In this way we will have more control of the data to be recovered if it is necessary to restore a backup through the management console. To show you the operation and ease of operation of Cloud Backup, I would like to show you how to enable and configure automatic backup.
How to create automatic backups with Aruba's Cloud Backup
- The first thing to do, if you don't already have one, create an Aruba account. You can do this simply by accessing this page.
- From the price list page select the backup plan you would like to activate. You will be asked to top up your account with the credit needed to enable the service. At the end of this phase, your account will be activated Aruba Cloud and you will receive your username via email and the password to access the services.
- Log in to the technical panel and log in with the data you have just received.
- In the top bar of the control panel select the item Cloud Backup.
- Now you need to create an account that is responsible for managing the backup space you're going to configure. To create one, select the item Add new account.
- On the new page, enter a username and password and select the rate plan that best suits your needs. At the end of the page you can also choose whether to automatically renew the backup service or not.
The next step is to install a connection agent between our physical server or PC and the Aruba servers. Installation required, as without an active Agent on the server it is not possible to activate automatic backup. Depending on the operating system installed on your physical server, the different installation procedure. On this page you will find a list of all supported operating systems, with a download link. If you need an Agent installation guide, instead, you can follow the official guide of Cloud Backup.
- At the end of the installation of the Agent on the server on which you want to backup, you can access your management panel and log in with the Backup Account created previously.
- After logging in with your account (which must be the same one entered when installing the Agent on the server), in the left part of the screen, under the heading Current Snapshots, by clicking Total Computers you will see the list of all the servers or computers on which you have configured the Agent.
- By clicking on the server of interest, you can decide whether to automatically configure the backup or perform a manual configuration. My advice is to automatically configure the backup service, to then refine the configuration according to your needs.
By default, a job is created that automatically backs up the server every night. But by accessing the settings we can decide to modify the existing Job, modifying the backup execution time and the type of data compression and enabling the encryption of our data on the Aruba Cloud servers. You can also create a new one or start the backup process manually. More details on creating a Job can be found on the dedicated page in the Cloud Backup Knowledge Base.
If you need to restore an old backup, the operation is very simple. It will be sufficient to open the drop-down menu under the heading Action of the Job in charge of performing the backup and then click on Restore.
Through the recovery panel we can decide to restore all the data present in the automatic backups by overwriting those present on the server or save them in an alternative location chosen by us.
The Cloud Backup service offered by Aruba for the creation of very complete and intuitive automatic backups. For those who need it, present continuous support should problems arise. The less experienced, however, can rely on the Knowledge Base page, which provides a series of mini guides that guide the user through all the steps.
If you work online and need to manage servers, virtual machines or PCs, it's essential to secure your data. On Guideitech I have reported several products that allow the recovery, often partial, of data lost due to failures. The best solution is to prevent such damage by securing the servers from external attacks or internal failures.
The Aruba solution completes and does not require an expensive investment. The management console also allows more advanced users (but not only) to manage every aspect of their backups.
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