We could write about the importance of backups but we all know that you should ensure you backup every bit of your data just in case something bad happens. Instead we are going to provide a little insight into how we at Host Media take backups and store them.

Firstly each service we provide is a little different but in this post we are going to take our Cloud VM hosting for example and in future posts we will go into the others.

Cloud VM Hosting Backups

When logged into OnApp and select one of your VMs to manage you will see a toggle, like the one shown above. By default it is disabled but with a click of a button our network will automatically take its first set of backups. You might be wondering why are they not turned on by default; the simple answer is some people don’t want backups to run straight away, they want the first incremental backup to be the first clean version of their website or application. This is a good time to point out backups cost nothing, we don’t charge for the storage or the amount of backups stored.

The next thing to consider with backups is how many should be kept and when should they be taken. We like to think it is better to be safe than sorry! When you click to enable backups you will be confirming the default settings for scheduled backups. This includes the following:

  • Daily backup with a rotation of 5 versions
  • Weekly backup with a rotation of 4 versions
  • Monthly backup with a rotation of 3 versions
  • Yearly backup with a rotation of 1 version

All this can be seen from the schedule manager in your OnApp control panel.

Backup Schedule Manager

Backups are stored on remote backup servers controlled within the OnApp network. This ensures restoring and taking backups is extremely fast and reliable.

There we have it, the Host Media Cloud VM backup setup – I am sure you will see we take backups seriously.

Tip: If you are running cPanel on your VM and want backups of individual cPanel accounts why not store the single backups on the VM as well as a remote or local server. Storing your backup files on the VM allows you to restore accounts much faster than relying on remote servers, this is due to network speeds.

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