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Snapshots 102

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.

Custom Backup Solutions for Enterprise Customers

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.

Introduction to VMware vCloud Director 5.5

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.

Save your bandwidth! Seeding added to Backup-as-a-Service

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. 

Helping your people “get” to work when they can’t “go” to work

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.