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Why Backup to Cloud with NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Direct Backups to Cloud
Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to send backups and backup copies of your production workloads directly to a public cloud: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure or Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage. After an initial full backup of your virtual, physical and cloud machines, you can create incremental backups to send only new data to the cloud. This way you minimize bandwidth usage, cut cloud storage costs and speed up backups. The backup to cloud feature in NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to store terabytes of backup data in the cloud and access it at any time and from anywhere.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers built-in support of the S3 Object Lock functionality in Amazon S3. Use the feature to make your data immutable for any period of time and ensure reliable ransomware protection and recovery. Based on your storage needs, apply retention periods to Amazon S3 backup objects to prevent their deletion and modification. The retention periods cannot be shortened or lifted by anyone, not even by the root user. The functionality is enabled by the write-once-read-many (WORM) storage technology. Once enabled, S3 Object Lock prevents data encryption by cybercriminals and other forms of accidental data deletions or modifications.
Powerful Granular Recovery
You can instantly recover individual files and folders from backups located in the cloud. This means you don’t have to run a full-scale recovery of the entire machine each time you need to restore a single file. With up to 4,000 recovery points and advanced search functionality, you can easily locate the backup you need and launch point-in-time recoveries of the files you need to resume your workflow. You can also recover Exchange, Active Directory and Microsoft SQL Server objects to their original location or a different machine. The powerful granular recovery functionality in NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to save time and avoid costly disruptions to your operational processes.
Fast VM and Server Recovery
When a machine fails, you can choose to power on and run the VM/physical machines in mere seconds directly from the cloud. If the original VM location is unavailable, use Flash VM Boot to instantly run the VM in another location and resume your workflow within seconds. You can also near-instantly recover physical Windows and Linux servers/workstations from backups as VMware vSphere VMs with the P2V recovery feature. NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates application-aware backups by default, which allows you to ensure data consistency for Exchange, Active Directory, and Microsoft SQL Server, among others.
Storage Cost Savings
Perform incremental backups with NAKIVO Backup & Replication to reduce backup data size and save on cloud storage costs. When running a backup job, the solution copies only the blocks of data that have changed since the last backup. This results not only in storage space savings but also in much faster backups. To further decrease backup sizes, NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers three levels of compression for your backups: lower compression levels are faster with a smaller CPU load while maximal space savings are more resource-intensive. When it comes to performing recoveries, you can restore entire machines or individual items right from a compressed backup.
Advanced Bandwidth Management
Maintain optimal network performance with NAKIVO Backup & Replication even when running backup jobs to the cloud during business hours. The solution allows you to control the bandwidth usage of backup and recovery jobs to minimize the impact of data protection on core business activities. To achieve maximum network performance during business hours, apply bandwidth throttling rules at global and granular levels. For even greater control over your bandwidth, apply the rules on different schedules. Thus, your data protection activities will not interfere with your business activities. This feature is key to avoid network congestion, even if you operate within narrow bandwidth limits.
Automated Backup to Cloud
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can easily automate backup to cloud to protect your large infrastructure. Rather than monitoring your environment for changes and adjusting backups accordingly, set policies and allow the solution to automatically update backup and replication jobs. The rules for the data protection policies can be based on VM name, tag, size, location, configuration, power state or any combination of these parameters. To further streamline your data protection activities and minimize the risk of error, use advanced scheduling for routine backup activities.
What You Get with Backup to Cloud in NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Web-Based Centralized Management
Whether you need to back up to cloud storage or local storage, use the centralized web-based interface of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Thus, you can manage all data protection activities anytime, anywhere without switching between different interfaces. The centralized management saves time and resources as well as reduces the risk of human error. With the solution, backing up your data to the cloud is no different than backing it up locally. Simply add supported cloud destinations as repositories, choose the source machines and run the backups.
Flexible and Scalable Offsite Storage
Storing backups offsite promotes data safety and, by extension, business continuity. There’s no simpler way to create and maintain offline backups than by using NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The solution accommodates business growth by allowing you to backup new workloads directly to the cloud. It means you no longer have to expand your physical infrastructure, thereby inflating your IT expenditures. Another advantage of offsite storage with NAKIVO Backup & Replication is increased data availability. After all, you can access the cloud anytime, anywhere.
Improved Operational Efficiency
Running resource-intensive data protection jobs during peak business hours can put an unnecessary burden on your network. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can slow down or speed up data transfer to the cloud to avoid bandwidth bottlenecks and reach maximum operational efficiency. The advanced bandwidth throttling functionality allows you to set per-job limits or allocate bandwidth on a global level. In either case, you can easily ensure that data protection activities don’t stand in the way of your business operations.
Instant VM Recovery
To achieve high data availability and minimize system downtime, back up your virtual machines to the cloud. During a failure or outage, you can instantly boot VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs on target hosts without having to fully recover them. With this recovery option, you significantly reduce your RTOs. The changes you introduce to the running VMs don’t affect backups stored in the cloud. This means you can test system updates and application patches without modifying backups and production VMs.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers solid protection against one of the most destructive threats to your organization’s data. The solution allows you to back up directly to Amazon S3, where your backup data can be secured against ransomware with S3 Object Lock. To manage backup ransomware protection, you can enable S3 Object Lock in NAKIVO Backup & Replication and set a retention period that cannot be lifted by anyone. For as long as your files remain locked, it’s impossible to modify, delete or encrypt them. You can also use S3 Object Lock to retain data for legal and compliance purposes.
Faster Recoveries, Less Downtime
It’s not uncommon for production files and application objects to get lost or corrupted. With backup to cloud enabled by NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can restore data almost instantly. Search for the needed files and app objects, and restore data to the original location or a different machine without having to decompress backups or run a full recovery. Granular recovery saves you time and allows you to operate with minimum to no business disruption.
Improve Backup to Cloud with NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Follow the 3-2-1 Backup Rule
Three. That’s the minimum number of copies you should keep in compliance with the 3-2-1 rule. To further satisfy the requirements of the rule, store your backups on two different media. Finally, always have an offsite copy of your backup. If the three conditions are met, the recovery of your data is almost guaranteed. And there’s no easier way to follow the 3-2-1 rule than with the use of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The solution allows you to automatically create backup copies, which can be sent to a public cloud for offsite storage. Choose between Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage as a backup copy target depending on your business needs and budget.
Verify Your VM Backups
The verification of backup recoverability is an essential part of any incident response and recovery plan. Creating backups is only the first step. The second step is ensuring the integrity of your backup data and making sure recoveries can go smoothly. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers two ways to verify VM recoverability. First, the solution can take a screenshot of the OS of a booted VM, discarding the booted VM afterward. Second, the solution can test-recover a VM and check the availability of its hypervisor tools. For both methods, you can view the verification results in the solution interface or receive an email to your inbox. Use these verification methods to be certain your workflow can be quickly and easily restored in case of a disaster. To save time and effort, schedule backup verification.
Automate and Schedule Backup Jobs
Backing up terabytes of data manually is not only time consuming but also error-prone. Therefore, it is recommended that you automate backup jobs with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The solution simplifies the management of data protection activities through the use of highly customizable policies. You can automate the backup of your VM workloads based on one or several of the following VM criteria: name, tag, size, location, configuration or power state. Moreover, you can schedule the creation of cloud-based backups to remove the need for manual intervention.
Ensure Backup Immutability
Back up your critical workloads to Amazon S3, where they can be protected by S3 Object Lock. The functionality allows you to ensure backup data immutability for a fixed period of time in Compliance mode. To prevent unauthorized access to Amazon S3 objects, set a retention period, which cannot be shortened or modified by anyone, not even the root user. S3 Object Lock offers a simple yet powerful way to protect your most critical data against ransomware and ensure ransomware recovery. You can also use it to meet the strictest data compliance and retention requirements of your industry.
Compress Your Backup Data
Cost is an important consideration when choosing the best backup destination. Therefore, in addition to several cloud storage platforms, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to reduce the size of your backups with data compression. When compressing your backup data, you can decrease the space required for storing your backups, hence the associated cloud storage costs. The solution offers three levels of compression balancing space savings and CPU usage. The added benefits of backup size reduction are faster data protection activities and a decreased network load.
Create a Comprehensive Retention Policy
Retention policy gaps are a common reason for data loss, which is why it is important to have both fresh backups for instant restores and data archives for regulatory and compliance purposes. Each successful backup session creates a recovery point you can roll back to, and the retention policy defines the number of recovery points you want to retain. NAKIVO Backup & Replication relies on the grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme. This scheme allows you to rotate recovery points on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis to save storage space while making sure you avoid retention gaps.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication Licensing
Choose the pricing model and software edition that works best for your business
Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication by purchasing either a perpetual license or a subscription license. With enterprise-level editions of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can backup to Amazon S3, Azure and Wasabi. All backup-to-cloud options are also available in the full-featured 15-day Free Trial.
Perpetual licenses are charged per CPU socket, per physical machine (server or workstation), and per Oracle database (Enterprise Edition only) for indefinite use and include 1 year of free Standard Support. Standard Support gives you access to technical support via phone, chat and email during business hours.
Subscription licenses are charged per workload and include 24/7 Support. A workload can be a single VM, an Amazon EC2 instance, 1 Oracle database, 1 server or 3 workstations. 24/7 Support gives you round-the-clock technical support.
For more details on pricing and editions, see NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing and Editions.
- Fast deployment. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication and run your first backup job in just 2 minutes.
- Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. Perform backups for VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon EC2, Nutanix AHV VMs; physical servers and workstations; Microsoft 365 application data; and Oracle databases via RMAN.
- Back up directly to NAS appliances, cloud or tape. Send backups to NAS appliances, the cloud (Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi) or tape.
- Instant recovery. Recover VMs, files and application objects back to original or custom locations. Boot VMs on target hosts directly from virtual or physical machine backups.
- Site Recovery. Automate disaster recovery with unique failback and failover workflows for different disaster scenarios. Perform non-disruptive test recoveries for guaranteed disaster recovery.
- Backup size reduction. Save storage space with incremental backups, global deduplication, multiple compression levels and swap data exclusion.
- Backup speed boost. Shrink backup windows with LAN-free data transfer and network acceleration. Cut backup times to NAS appliances by up to half.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of backing up to the cloud?
The key advantages of storing your backups in the cloud are high data availability, short RTOs, low storage cost and ransomware protection with Amazon S3 Object Lock.
How much data can I back up to cloud?
There is no limit on the amount of backup data that you can send to the cloud as the solution allows you to create as many backup repositories as you need for your backups and backup copies. If a Backup Repository is full, create another one and keep backing up your data to the cloud.
What kinds of data can I back up to cloud?
You can backup your VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV VMs; Amazon EC2 instances; and Windows/Linux servers and workstations.
How can I manage my backups?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers you centralized control over all of your data protection activities. Manage your backup and recovery jobs from a single pane of glass. Use the same interface to also manage your local and tape backups.
Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication include management tools for backup to cloud?
Yes. Increase security of your data protection activities with Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC). Automate backups by scheduling jobs or creating a custom schedule. You can also create policy rules for your data protection tasks to boost efficiency. Use the Calendar dashboard to track jobs and find slots for new jobs.
How is Backup to Cloud licensed?
You can back up to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi with the enterprise editions of NAKIVO Backup & Replication.
Can I boot VMs from backups?
Yes. You can instantly boot your VMware vSphere and Hyper-V VMs from compressed backups stored in the cloud. Even if you operate a large environment, you can have your machines up and running in just a few minutes.
Can I automate Backup to Cloud?
Of course. Rather than manually managing routine data protection tasks, use rules and policies to automate backup to cloud. Similarly, schedule backup activities to save time and administrative resources.
How can I protect my backup data from ransomware?
If you send your backups to Amazon S3 with NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can enable S3 Object Lock for ransomware protection and recovery. The feature allows you to make your backups immutable by setting retention periods. This protects your backup data from tampering, encryption and deletion, whether accidental or malicious.
How do I back up to cloud for free?
With the full-featured 15-day Free Trial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can try the backup to cloud functionality for free. The trial version of the solution contains all the features you need to keep your environment safe.
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