Backups, backups, backups.Have you heard your IT provider preach backups yet? If not, they should be! Backups are one of, if not the most critical, piece of a company’s IT strategy. Having the ability to restore files, virtual machines, e-mails, and more, from up to weeks ago, is an upfront investment that will pay for itself.
At LIVE Consulting, we have found and fallen in love with Veeam. Veeam is the best backup solution we have come across to date. We primarily use two Veeam products:
- Backup & Replication
- Veeam Agent for Windows
Both products integrate with one another, and offer similar features, but are used for different purposes.
Veeam Backup and Replication
Veeam Backup & Replication will provide what we refer to as “image level” backups. What does that mean? Well, for starters, we place a piece of hardware at your office that can house these backups, aside from your server. We use a network attached storage device with a calculated amount of storage (based on your storage usage) to house backups. Then, we start to talk about recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives. We plan how long backups should go back (30 days? 90 days?), and how long it is acceptable for your business to be down in the event of an emergency. We can then move forward with the Veeam Backup & Replication configuration. After configuration, Veeam will take images, or snapshots, of your virtual environment at a scheduled time each day. That could be nightly, or multiple times throughout the day, including the work day. Anything that is saved within these images can be fully restored in a matter of hours. We can complete restores that are simply due to a file deletion, or we can restore your entire server from these backups. Backup & Replication provides extensive flexibility in methods to restore, and granularity to restore.
Veeam Agent for Windows
Now let’s talk about Veeam Agent for Windows! This is an exciting new product that Veeam has just officially released in the last few months. Veeam Agent is Backup & Replication’s counterpart, but for physical servers or workstations. Most times, servers are virtualized these days. However, there are still some servers that are run physical Windows Server. Veeam Agent is able to back up these servers, and even interface right in with Backup & Replication to do so! Veeam Agent is also able to work on desktops and laptops, and back right up into the same Backup & Replication repository. From there, the same functionalities are available as would be in Backup & Replication. We can restore files granularly, or recover the entire PC in a matter of a few hours.
The last piece of all of this is off-site backups. What happens if your office building gets flooded, and the server infrastructure ruined? What happens to your data then? The beauty of Veeam, is we can (and do!) push all of your data off-site to LIVE Consulting’s data center. In the event of a hardware disaster, we can recover your backups from our servers, set up a temporary server, and restore all of these backups there so you and your team can get back to work quickly. That’s peace of mind!
Though backups are a hot topic, they still are an often neglected item. We always want to be prepared for the worst. With new bouts of ransomware infiltrating the web every day, the always-feared but never-prevented hardware failures, or any of the other million variables that can cause infrastructure failure – backups are incredibly important. It’s not IF you will need them – it’s when!