Server owners often encounter disasters in the form of hard drive crash or network failure. To safeguard their business, its crucial for hosting providers to minimize the calamities caused, mainly downtime and data loss.
In our role as Outsourced Tech Support for web hosting companies, we manage hundreds of cPanel servers for them. Configuring and managing fool-proof backups is a critical activity in our cPanel server management services.
In the online world, data loss can happen due to many reasons. Human errors, hardware issues or even natural calamities can end up causing a business downtime. Maintaining server backups is a preventive measure to minimize the business downtime due to such mishaps.
When we setup a server virtualization solution for a VPS hosting provider, maintaining reliable backups was an important consideration in our design. In our server virtualization system, individual VPS instances were hosted in LXC containers. Here is a walk-through of how we configured backups for these VPS servers. (more…)
In IT systems, disaster can strike any moment and in any form. A hard disk failure, third party attack or even human errors can lead to data loss. To recover valuable data in such scenarios, backup management plays an inevitable role. But many times people just configure the backup once and leave it there. They assume that everything would just work fine when things go wrong.
Installing a backup software alone will not guarantee automatic recovery in case of data loss. Integrity check of the backups is also a very crucial aspect in backup management. This means verifying the backup for adequacy, completeness, accuracy and consistency. If the backup is not retrievable at the time of a disaster, that backup solution is of no use. (more…)