Companies love cloud as it can help save them money. It’s easy to provision a server and you don’t have to buy your own infrastructure at once. But while the price is ok, I still don’t see a massive migration to the cloud. I guess that requires time. Currently, the trend is in a so-called hybrid deployment. You host a majority of services on your own servers, but you can also use a public cloud service like an Amazon AWS. You can extend infrastructure or you can take care of disaster recovery in a cloud. Amazon AWS popularity grows every year. Just look at the recent news that VMware will collaborate on native VMware infrastructure running on Amazon AWS.
Like with Azure, you need to have your own backup solution. You see, Amazon does not provide a tool to backup your virtual servers. Nakivo Backup and Recovery supports Amazon AWS, but with version 6.2, they moved a step further and improved what was already a great foundation. You see, this is why I love Nakivo so much. Some backup vendors tend to release only major versions and use point release to patch bugs they produced while they were rushing with a release. Nakivo is more like Intel (maker of the best CPU’s in the world) with their tick-tock releases. They release a major version, but they also release new products which have small improvements in performance. By doing tick-tock change, they have enough time to plan for a stable major release and prevent major bugs in their CPU’s, yet they still push out new versions with better performance. Like Nakivo.
Nakivo keeps getting better
In my Nakivo Amazon review, I have reviewed the backup process in the Amazon AWS. A prerequisite to backup your servers in the Amazon location was a transported which had to be installed first. For example, when you had two locations – Frankfurt and Ireland, you had to deploy a transporter in Frankfurt if you wanted to backup to Ireland. One of the major improvements in Nakivo 6.2 is automated Transporter deployment. Nakivo will automatically deploy a transporter appliance the region where it is required and it will automatically shut down in order to save on the cost.
Once you start using Amazon AWS it’s hard to turn back. All the flexibility you gain.. just amazing. For example, you can backup from the office to the Amazon Cloud. From the Amazon Cloud, you can backup back to the office. In addition, you can use a Synology NAS in the office to reduce backup cost or to increase flexibility.
Speaking of Nakivo in Amazon AWS, did you know you can easily start a trial or even use a FREE edition, just enter Nakivo in the search field.
Nakivo Backup and Replication 6.2 improvements
- Now EC2 instances which are sold through the Marketplace are fully supported – now you can backup or replicate commercial AWS EC2 instanced which are sold in the Amazon marketplace.
- Intelligent EC2 Transporter deployment – To help you reduce the cost, transporters can be automatically set to run only when they are required.
- Improvement in Amazon AWS handle – you can choose a volume type for Amazon EBS backup repository. In addition, you can now choose a type for EC2 backup job temporary volumes.
- Storage vMotion to Flashboot VM – Now a support has been added for Storage vMotion migration to Flash VM Boot
- Dashboards improvement – New alarms view is now available in the dashboard
- Improved job reports – target storage is now available in reports and so is transferred data and speed per VM
- Improved Security – Encryption algorithm for passwords stored inside product database has been improved for increased security
As you can see, Nakivo is slowly and steadily improving their backup solution. Amazon AWS backup is as easy as an on-premise solution and I think that once you first run a Nakivo Backup & Replication job, you won’t go back. You can get more information including a trial version on Nakivo website.
Note to IT Professionals, you can get a free NFR license for a year.