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Kubernetes backups with Kasten K10 platform

The Kubernetes world has exploded!  Its all you hear about now, Kubernetes, Kubernetes, Kubernetes!  VMware acquired Heptio, launched Project Pacific (see Anthony Spiteri’s blog), NetApp announced Application Lifecycle Management for Kubernetes, AWS has EKS, Azure has AKS, Google Cloud Platform has GKE (they invented the thing!) everyone is announcing something somewhere.  As this demand grows, the need for backing up and protecting these workloads is ever increasing.  More and more Kubernetes workloads are becoming stateful, in-fact I wrote a blog article during my day job about just this – Stateful containers in production, is this a thing?  Recently I came across a great company called Kasten.  They offer native integration with Kubernetes to backup and restore any Kubernetes workloads.  They have some really cool features including cross platform migrations.  I thought it would be great to dig into this and take a look: First, let’s take a look at the […]

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Automate adding your AWS EC2 instances to your backup policies

Automate adding your AWS EC2 instances to your backup policies

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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vmworld vbrownbag

VMworld vBrownBag – Building a cloud solution

“Service Providers globally are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, Service Providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost-effective cloud solution. In this session, we will get into the details of the technology. We’ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology from Veeam and VMware to provide a successful cloud-based storage service.”

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object storage what is it

Object Storage What is it?

During VMworld their was a lot of talk around the announcement of VMware vCloud Air Object Storage.  This is a major milestone for VMware’s Cloud Services offering, and provides a lot of capabilities customers have been asking for.  You can read the Tech Preview Blog Article here. However, since VMworld a lot of people have been asking me “Object Storage What is it? and why would I use it?”.  Not everyone has heard of Object Storage, let alone started consuming it, so I thought now would be a good opportunity to share with people what I have been using Object Storage for. I have been using Object Storage offerings for over 4 years now.  Ever since I discovered that my Iomega (now Lenovo) PX-4 could automatically backup to Amazon S3, I have been using it for a backup service. As always, when you want to know a description about something, […]

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Codespaces status

Codespaces is a reminder to us all, not just cloud consumers

How tragic, Codespaces.com is no longer a viable business.  This is tragic, and a massive shame.  It does serve as a critical reminder that security of our services and data is essential.  It is the most important piece of running any IT service. Personally, I find it very sad that we live in a world where this kind of thing can happen.  The note on codespaces.com website made me feel extremely sad and angry, but its the world we live in.  As an ex-business owner, this was always my biggest worry.  Someone trying to hold me or my business hostage, just for money.  Most people run businesses (especially small or medium businesses) for the passion of what they are doing, and money is a by-product of that passion.  To see this on the screen is extremely sad: However, it does prove to us all that security is key.  When I […]

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