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Automating backups for hundreds of EC2 instances

Learn about Cloudar's journey to their chosen AWS solution, N2WS

"Backup is one of the most important services one can offer in a managed services model. It can be critical to the survival of a company. As a service provider you cannot be placed in a situation where you are unable to provide a customer with a restore."
– Tom De Blende, Team Lead Managed Services at Cloudar

Cloud Case Study: Cloudar's Challenge

“Backup is one of the most important services one can offer in a managed services model”, says Tom De Blende, Cloud Architect at Cloudar. “It can be critical to the survival of a company. As a service provider you cannot be placed in a situation where you are unable to provide a customer with a restore.”

“Additionally, companies don’t want to invest too much time and resources in managing this service.” De Blende says “The biggest challenge Cloudar encountered in managing cloud backup and disaster recovery was the 3 or 4 different ways to backup systems: using open source software on EC2 instance, using Ansible, or using Labmda.”

Companies don’t want to manage all these different backup systems and keep them up to date. They want a centralized solution with reporting, alerting, and audit trails in place as well as properly implemented features like advanced retention policies.

To have a centralized solution with reporting, alerting, and audit trails in place as well as features like advanced retention policies.
Open source trial and error

Before using N2WS, Cloudar relied on different open source solutions to automate backups, including Ansible and Lambda. After evaluating other offerings, Cloudar decided N2WS was the best fit for their needs.

Previous backup solutions compared to N2WS

While providing significant value in other areas, the various solutions cloudar used previously lacked proper retention support and needed to be reworked for version upgrades. Previous solutions did not provide the full set of capabilities cloudar required.

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“It allows the company to focus on its business.”

Getting results with N2WS' powerful features

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Automate backups

Configure what to backup, define targets, and set frequency + retention periods.

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Recover in 30 seconds

From single file to full restore, get near-zero RTO with AWS-native tech.

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Support multi-tenancy

Easily manage backup & DR for multiple accounts from a “single pane of glass”.

Customers are now also able to utilize self-service options to access the N2WS console and perform file restores on their own. Cloudar looks forward to implementing more N2WS capabilities such as cross-region disaster recovery (DR).

De Blende lists 4 primary benefits realized by using N2WS:

  1. Centralized management for many AWS accounts
  2. SNS alerting
  3. Advanced retention policies
  4. Consistent backups using pre- and post-scripts and VSS

Paramount to deciding to use N2WS was the ability to realize a robust and flexible backup solution as well as time savings and efficiency. Ease-of-management and ease-of-mind was the reason Cloudar chose N2WS over other backup solutions. “It allows the company to focus on its business.” De Blende comments.

About Cloudar

Cloudar was built from the ground up around cloud architecture and offers solid cloud solutions for any type of business. The company designs, builds, and operates AWS environments that are both high in scale and availability demands. The company targets customers that require their expertise in the implementation of cloud solutions. Cloudar offers AWS consultancy and managed services, they also act as a cloud reseller.

Cloudar manages over 200 AWS accounts. They offer full managed services for many hundreds of instances.