In a recent post, we saw how you can use BackBlaze B2 Cloud Storage in concert with Cloudbury to backup your Windows Server data to the BackBlaze Cloud. In this process, you can save up to 75% on similar solutions by using the BackBlaze B2 / Cloudbury combination.

But, what if you need to backup five Windows servers, or 10, or 100? Will the same solution work? More importantly, will there be a savings scale with the number of servers? The answer to all these questions is yes, but there is a much easier way — use BackBlaze B2 in combination with the Cloudbury Managed Backup Service (MBS).

To accomplish this, data on a given Windows server is first encrypted on the source server, then transferred to the BackBlaze B2 cloud storage according to the CloudBlayer backup plan, where it is stored in encrypted form.

When required, data can be restored in near-real-time using the MBS Management Console. The data is retrieved from the backblaze B2, delivered to the destination server where it is decrypted, and then prepared as needed.

Both a Windows Server Farm, or an IT professional managing multiple clients with a Managed Client Provider (MSP), find it easier and cheaper to use the Cloudvary MBS / Backblaze B2 solution.

Managed service provider

Many small organizations do not have an IT department or expertise to manage their computer systems and servers. Instead, they rely on a local managed service provider (MSP) to do heavy lifting of IT. One of those IT functions is to manage the backup process for its customers, with the additional responsibility of ensuring that each customer’s data is kept separate and protected.

The Cloudbound Managed Backup service allows a managed service provider to set up and manage backups for multiple clients from one console. A backup plan is defined for each system of each client so that the MSP can ensure data security while optimizing backups for each client.

When data needs to be stored off-site on a given Windows server, MSP selects Backblaze B2 as the cloud storage destination only on that system.

The Cloud Backup backup scheme ensures that the backup of the data is first encrypted and then routed to Backblaze B2 for cloud storage, where it resides until it is no longer needed. Data can be restored as soon as it is uploaded to B2 cloud storage using the Cloudbury MBS console.

IT Department and LTO Tape Backup System

Apart from keeping the boss’s computer running, a primary function of IT is to protect the organization’s data. This data resides in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops throughout the organization. Tape backup systems (commonly known as LTO systems), are a common method for obtaining off-site backups of an organization’s data.

While many IT people state that they have to use LTO systems, it is generally considered the least expensive way to store data off-site, even if it means recovering data stored on tape It may take hours or even days. And in a recent study by Backblaze, 19.92% of LTO users reported having problems retrieving data from LTO tapes.

Nevertheless, many organizations have years of data stored on LTO tapes, and although they want to convert to cloud storage, they cannot simply abandon ODO. The BackBlaze B2 / Cloudbury MBS solution provides a viable method of transition away from LTO.

The process begins with defining backup plans in the Cloudbury MBS for servers and systems that are currently supported up to LTO. For each server for example, you do a full backup once a week / month / year and you also do an incremental backup each day.

The transition begins with replacing LTO with Backblaze B2 as the destination for daily enhanced backups. With B2 cloud storage, these daily backups will now be immediately off-site – remembering to take tapes home without having to!

This also means that files from any incremental backup can be retrieved within a few minutes using the Cloudbury MBS console. Even better, all management can be done remotely, you do not need to stand next to the server (or LTO system) to back up data.

Over time, the Cloudbury backup plan can be modified, so that all of the organization’s data can be stored in BackBlaze B2, and the LTO system can be retired. Of course, you may want to have an LTO system or two to read old tapes, but there’s no need to buy new LTO equipment and tapes, and then a week of mounting tapes, heads of cleaning drives, and hopefully you can read. Can. ribbon.

Summary

If you have one or two Windows servers that need backup, then the Cloudbury Windows Server Backup solution will work fine. Otherwise, the Cloudbury MBS solution is probably better from a management and cost point of view.

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