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Avandda Cloud Backup:

What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud Backup from Avandda is a managed ‘Backup as a Service’ product that allows organisations to automate the backup of the data stored on their services onto a secure and highly resilient storage facility within the Amazon Web Services (WAS) cloud infrastructure in the UK.

Do you need a resilient backup for your data?

Whatever size your organisation, ensuring you have a regular and reliable backup of your company data is critical.

With so many statistics showing that many businesses in the UK without an effective backup and disaster recovery plan fail to recover after suffering serious downtime, it is even more important that you choose the right solution to protect your company data.

Traditional backup solutions, such as tape or other external devices, have been widely used by businesses in the past but have not been without their risks.

Cloud Backup now offers businesses serious about protecting their data a solution they can rely on.

Cloud computing offers huge benefits for SMEs. We’ve found. However, the lack of knowledge about the implications and uncertainty of the right approach to transitioning means that many SMEs don’t feel confident enough to make the move.

Firewall

The service provides a Managed Firewall with a configuration based on a rule set provided by the reseller. The outcome is an individual Firewall policy that is based on Port, Protocol and Source IP address rules.

These ‘rules’ are captured on the portal as part of the provisioning data capture and are the responsibility of the reseller to ensure that they reflect good practice and fulfil the needs of their end customer.

The Firewall rules are based on security groups which are applied to individual servers and can therefore be tailored to the requirements of each server and their associated applications. Each server will be assigned to a single security group.


Key advantages of a Cloud-based backup service

Affordable

Small businesses don’t have unlimited IT budgets. It’s important to use a solution that makes sense and won’t require you to incur a capital expenditure. For as low as a few hundred pounds per quarter, your organisation can have all of its data backed up to the cloud.

Off-site

It’s important to keep a copy of files offsite. Even if business files are backed up on a file server, a hurricane, flood, fire or theft could destroy the computers and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office.

Simple

Cloud Backup solutions make ongoing management and restoration easy. With just a few clicks of the mouse, backed up files can be easily found and restored.

Automatic

Time is one of the most commonly stated reasons companies aren’t backing up their data. Cloud Backup doesn’t require an additional time commitment for you. Computer files are backed up to the cloud automatically on a daily (24 hour) basis. However, you’re also able to start a backup immediately which can be used to mitigate risk in the case of a major system change. Ad-hoc backups will remain available for 24 hours.


Service Functionality

The Cloud Backup service consists two elements – a user agent that is installed on your servers and a portal from which users can configure the service to suit their needs.

The service platforms automated differential backup and store functions including block-level deduplication, compression and encryption.

The user portal, like the data storage, remains exclusively within the AWS UK environment.

Once successfully provisioned and made live, the backup application allows you to self-manage the files, folders and volumes targeted for backup into the cloud.

The first time cloud backup runs, a full cloud back for the selected folders is carried out. Depending on the size of the data set, this performed incrementally and normally take much less time than initial backup. Only data that has changed is uploaded.

The application has been designed to use data compression and data deduplication techniques, to ensure the backup happens as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Backup and retention period

 

  • Daily Backup
  • Weekly store
  • Monthly store
  • 12 months store

For clarity, this means that you can restore data with 24 hours granularity for 7 days, 1-week granularity for 4 weeks, and monthly granularity for 11 months.

 

Backup process and schedule

 

The particular set of files that are backed up when the Cloud Backup service runs is controlled by a combination of selection mechanisms which are controlled by you. They can choose to backup entire drives, specific volumes or selected folders/files.

 

Additional filters can be applied based on criteria such as file type, location, modification date, and so on.


The key benefits of working with us

 Upfront audit to help you understand your current server environment in order to optimise your move to the cloud.
 Easy provisioning via our online portal, with human support available to guide you through the process.
 Fully-managed ongoing service, with proactive monitoring of your platform.
 Built on the world’s largest and most reliable public cloud platform – Amazon Web Services.
 Full support available to help you migrate your applications and data.
 No upfront capex required with a flexible, no commitment rental basis.

If you would like to learn more about how these services could be adapted best for your organisation, please get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team today.