This is one of a collection of posts I’ve written recently to provide a high-level introduction to all of the products and services available within a Rackspace Cloud Account. I like to think of them as the building blocks of the Internet. Each post will give a description of the product, how to use it, the costs and the most frequently asked questions about that product.
I’ve also included several videos to help show how to configure and deploy and use all of these products.
As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated!
Even though the cloud is engineered to prevent data loss, maintaining recent backups of your important data is still considered a fundamental best practice. Cloud Backup is a file-based backup solution that uses compression, encryption and de-duplication to ensure your data is protected and recoverable.
Cloud Backup should not be confused with the ability to image your servers, which is a strategy for horizontal scalability and not recommended for backup. See this article to learn more about making images of your Cloud Servers.
Before you can use Cloud Backup, you must have the backup agent installed and running on your Cloud Server. Cloud Servers with a managed service level will have this additional piece of software installed by default as part of the build process. However, Cloud Servers on an infrastructure only account must have this agent installed manually by following these instructions.
Here’s a video showing how to install the agent on a CentOS 6.4 Cloud Server.
Once the agent is running on a Cloud Server, backups can be configured by going to “Backup” in the product menu. All Cloud Servers with a running backup agent will be listed on the Systems screen.
From this menu, you can create a backup job by clicking on the name of the server and then clicking on “Create Backup” on the next screen.
Creating a new backup job requires the following information:
This video shows how to configure a new backup job:
Restoring data to your Cloud Server is just as easy. This video shows how to restore the file I just backed up:
For the most accurate and up-to-date information on Cloud Backup pricing, please see the pricing page.