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Rackspace Cloud Backup: What We’ve Been Up To

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What day of the week is the most popular day for cloud backups? Take a guess and read on to see if you’re right.

Rackspace Cloud Backup has been available to all of our cloud customers for about five months now, and in that time you’ve taken full advantage of getting automatic backup and storage for your Cloud Servers. We’re so excited that you’re using it for fast, frequent and easy backups.

As you know, Cloud Backup is file-based, as opposed to image-based, so you can restore and update a single file, versus having to back up the whole server image. You can also specify which files and folders you backup and restore, or, if you want to, you can restore the entire backup. Ultimately, you can protect your business, save some money and keep your data secure (we offer AES-256 encryption for data at rest and in transit).

And, recently, we’ve made some key updates to Cloud Backup.

What’s New In Cloud Backup?

We’ve seen a lot of success with the new agent release (v1.05.005848) for Rackspace Cloud Backup. This release contained a number of bug fixes and optimizations. And we heard even more feedback from you, our customers. Today I want to highlight a couple of significant enhancements that will make your backups, and your life, easier.

The new agent release adds Vault integrity checking and Vault self-healing (the “Vault” is where your backup data is stored).  That means we automatically periodically check the integrity of all the blocks of data that you have backed up and look for any data blocks that may be corrupt. If any corrupted data blocks are found, we search your system for the original data; re-upload the data block; replace the corrupted data block with the new data block; and then perform the integrity check again.  If you are one of the many customers who have not yet updated to the latest release, please update to take advantage of these great new features!

This Knowledge Center article can walk you through the update: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/update-the-rackspace-cloud-backup-agent

Some Cool Cloud Backup Stats

Ultimately, Cloud Backup is all about you and ensuring your data is safe and secure. And we’re stat geeks – for us, the proof is in the numbers. So we thought it’d be cool to look at some interesting statistics around how and when you use Cloud Backup.

  • Backup Frequency: Sixty-six percent of you perform daily backups, while 15 percent backup weekly, 10 percent backup hourly and 9 percent backup manually.
  • Most Popular Backup Day: For those of you who do weekly backups, Sunday is the biggest day; with 47 percent of you performing backups on Sunday. Saturday is a distant second with 19 percent, followed by Monday, 13 percent; Wednesday, 10 percent; Friday, 6 percent; Tuesday, 3 percent; and Thursday, 2 percent.
  • Backup Run Times: Backup run times vary widely, but the most popular times you perform backups is between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.; and the least popular time is the 12-hour window from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

How frequently do you perform backups, and when? Why did you pick those specific times? We’d love to hear from you. Comment here and let us know.

As you can see, we’re excited about Cloud Backup and how you’re using the product. We hope you are too.

If you want more information, you can check out the Cloud Backup website (http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/backup/) or our Knowledge Center (http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/product-page/cloud-backup).

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Jerry Schwartz.

Jerry is a Senior Product Marketing Manager focusing on our cloud storage and managed storage portfolios. He joined Rackspace in 2007 and was the Product Manager for our Microsoft applications including SharePoint, Exchange, SQL and the Windows Server operating system. He has worked in the Rackspace Cloud since 2010 shaping many of Rackspace’s cloud offerings including Cloud Files, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Backup, and Cloud Servers.

Jerry is a loyal Texas Longhorns fan and received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of Rackspace, you will likely find him on a jet ski at one of the lakes around San Antonio.


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