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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.