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In my Snapshots 101 blog entry I explained that a snapshot is the capture of the state of a Virtual Machine or vApp (group of Virtual Machines) at a given moment in time, which you can revert to at your convenience. That describes, more or less, illustrates the service that a snapshot provides for you, but it doesn’t really detail what makes up a snapshot or explain how they function.
In this post I will explain what makes up a snapshot, and what they means for how you can use them to your advantage.
The technology used for backing up your data is not simply a 'one size fits all’ discussion. As data sets grow, traditional backup solutions start to show their limitations. This is most evident in the consumption of bandwidth and storage. In response to our larger customers needing a solution that offers the ability to handle enterprise size data sets while not crippling network infrastructure or monopolizing employee time, US Signal created Enterprise Backup-as-a-Service (EBaaS). To illustrate several of the advantages of EBaaS, we’ll use a real EBaaS customer who for the purpose of this analysis we’ll call JJA Industries Inc.
Understanding how your vCloud Director managed US Signal Resource Pool behaves as you allocate resources to your Virtual Machines is vital to ensuring good performance and efficient use of your compute and memory reserves.
It's time for this week's "Welcome to vCloud." This week we'll tackle runtime and storage leases.
In vCloud Director, all of your vital machines are contained in vApps, which have the option of having runtime and storage leases. Runtime and storage leases allow you to control the lifecycle of your virutal machines.
vCloud Director is VMware Inc.’s cloud computing management tool. Using vCloud Director’s web interface you can create and manage virtual machines, individually or in groups; you can also manipulate their networks and control the resources of multiple virtual data centers.
vCloud Director has four major management panels: Home, My Cloud, Catalogs and Administration. You can navigate to these panels using the navigation bar located in the upper left-hand corner of the vCloud Director Web Console.
Thanks for another great year! Here’s a quick recap on some of US Signal’s highlights from 2015…
For the last decade, IOPS have been a key metric that storage vendors and IT professionals use when building their solution. However, as we move to the Cloud is IOPS still a valuable metric?
Perhaps the most important thing to do when planning what needs to be done in the event of a disaster is to keep doubting yourself. Did you think of everything? Did you stick with the process until you had covered every contingency? The one you miss may become your greatest regret.
Choosing Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) from US Signal opens the door to an incredibly robust, yet simple-to-use backup solution for your company. However, one of the largest challenges facing any online backup solution is the amount of time it takes to complete your first backup. WolframAlpha estimates that for every 100GB of data you attempt to backup over a 10Mbps line will take nearly a full day (Try entering your own data and speed here). Increase that to a terabyte and you could be looking at over a week of your office Internet running at a snail’s pace. Further, that assumes no connection or device failures. If your Internet connection blinks, or your server has an unexpected reboot or power loss, you might find yourself starting over from the beginning.
Former Novell Chairman Robert Frankenberg famously observed that “work is no longer a destination, it’s an activity!” The past twenty years have certainly proven him correct. With the communications, collaboration, and mobile computing technology available to us, work can be accomplished pretty much anywhere.
How much of a payback would you like to receive from your investments in monitoring your IT environment?
Most people never think about a payback from IT monitoring. They see it as a preventative measure that will alert them when something goes wrong. It becomes categorized as an operating expense, a necessary cost of doing business.
Don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet! Yes, the storm has long since passed and you were able to get your data restored to some cobbled together systems so your people are getting back to work. Every day that goes by you’re starting to feel more under control and like the worst of it is over.