How to "Seed" your Initial Cloud Backup


Cloud backups have many benefits. One issue, however, is how to deal with the initial large amount of data that needs to be pushed up to the cloud. Once this initial "seeding" is completed the typical amount of data being pushed on backups is significantly less as only changes are uploaded. Highly Reliable Systems has released a product called "SpeedSeed" that helps address this. Their original blog is posted below for a more detailed look at the offering; If you’re an IT professional, you’ve realized that cloud backup is a great way to get data offsite. But you’ve probably also realized that it can take weeks or months to get large data sets “seeded” to the cloud. The normal method is to use a USB drive to copy the data onsite, and then ship that (or drive it) to the data center. We’ve thought a lot about this problem and come up with SpeedSeed™, a method of cutting down on the amount of time this takes. With that in mind, let’s talk about how to seed your initial cloud backup. SpeedSeed™ takes advantage of another of our technologies called AMT. The NetSwap Plus and RAIDFrame Plus appliances can mirror their storage drives (or any removable drive) to any other removable drive automatically and without intervention. We call this “Automatic Mirror Technology” (AMT) and it provides better protection for most backup software by transparently providing a redundant copy of data.

Seeding the Cloud - The Old Way

Day 1: NAS is installed on network, the backup job is setup to go to NAS that night.

Day 2: Technician goes to client, plugs in seed drive, start it copying from NAS

Day 3: Technician returns to client, unplugs seed drive (which has now finished copying if there are no errors), go back to the office, pack it up, then goes to FedEx or UPS and drop it off.

Day 4: Drive arrives at datacenter. They plug drive in, Tech has to remote in and start copying.

Day 5: Copying is finished, and Tech can then start the backups replicating over the Internet.

Seeding the Cloud - The SpeedSeed™ Way

Day 1: NAS is installed on network, backup job is setup to go to NAS that night. Automatic Mirroring Technology (AMT) is turned on so that removable drive gets a duplicate copy.

Day 2: Technician goes to client, uses SpeedSeed™ function, unplugs removable drive. No need to copy since it is already in sync. Sends drive offsite.

Day 3: Removable drive arrives at datacenter. They plug it into their High-Rely storage device and use SpeedSeed™ function. This flags the removable as the primary drive in the mirror. Tech can start replicating changes over the Internet in minutes. No need to wait for copy.

Not only does this trim 2 days off the time, it saves considerable technician time and effort as well. On Day3 using the SpeedSeed technique to retain redundancy the NetSwap or RAIDFrame system begins updating the mirror in the background. This process does not slow down the ability to begin replication immediately.

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