One of the cool use features in N2WS Backup and Recovery is the ability to automate adding your EC2 instances to your backup policies. By leveraging tags this allows you to launch EC2 instances and assign them specific tags and never worry about those instances being protected. This works across AWS accounts too. Whats makes this even easier is when your using something like cloud formation to deploy anything in EC2 you can just have these tags propagated immediately. Lets take a quick look at how we do this. First we need to make sure that N2WS Backup and Recovery is configured for tag scanning. This is really simple. Go to General Settings Locate Tag Scan and turn Scan Resources to Enabled You can specify how long the scan interval is. Default is 6 hours. Once you have this configured, you need to define the tags in EC2. How this […]
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Business Continuity in AWS with Cloud Protection Manager
In January Veeam acquired N2WS Software, which provide cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions. One of the products N2WS has is Cloud Protection Manager. This product allows anyone using AWS to easily schedule automated backups and disaster recovery snapshots and have them distributed across availability zones and regions. Cloud Protection Manager supports the following targets: EC2 Instances Volumes RDS Databases Aurora Clusters Redshift Clusters DynamoDB Tables Cloud Protection Manager is deployed easily through an AMI in the AWS Marketplace. You can read the installation instructions here So what does Cloud Protection Manager do that you can’t already do in AWS? Cloud Protection Manager provides the ability to have a Simple UI to manage all snapshots and recovery. Using Cloud Protection Manager you can easily configure policies and schedules and set up Disaster Recovery replication. An example is creating a backup policy. Once you have defined your backup schedules (think daily/weekly/monthly […]
General Availability of VMware vCloud Director 9.1
VMware announced today on the VMware blog site the release of version 9.1 of vCloud Director. This latest version is packed full of features and updates to help the ever growing VMware Cloud Provider Program deploy enterprise grade public cloud offerings. So whats key about this release? These are: HTML 5 Tenant and Administration Portal User Interface Extensibility Orchestration Services Python SDK and CLI Multi-Site View SR-IOV (Single-Root Input/output Virtualization) FIPS Mode Standalone VMRC For me this has been a milestone release personally. The last time I worked with vCloud Director was back in version 1.5, so being able to see how the HTML 5 UI has progressed since the awful days of the Flex UI is nice. To read about the new features in-depth VMware (and I) have released a white paper, you can read it here. The VMware vCloud Director 9.1 release notes can be viewed […]