As stated earlier, one of my New Year Resolutions was to back up my own stuff better. While my work laptop gets an image-based backup of its OS/Apps and my data is stored in a cloud-based sharing solution, my home machines are less rigorously protected. The irony is that I would be much more upset to lose last year's Christmas photos than I would be to have to re-create a PowerPoint deck -- mainly because I could recreate a document, but not a memory.
So, I decided to try out a "Joe Consumer" experience with a cloud-based backup solution.
- As my first experiment, I chose a leading backup-as-a-service (BaaS) technology provider that I have had insight and professional dealings with -- Asigra.
- Asigra have developed a strong ecosystem of regional partners to actually deliver the service, using the Asigra technologies, and I was pleased to find a local integrator as one of them -- The Harding Group.
- For a lot more detail, check out Part 1 of my personal experience.
It was boring -- and that was a good thing!
I contacted The Harding Group (THG) and inquired how to get started as a consumer of their cloud-based backup service. They were friendly, gave me the right amount of technical support (based on my skill level) and had me enrolled and ready to install at my leisure in just a few minutes. One heartening note is that the conversation was very "normal" -- showing how far BaaS has come. It wasn't a special-case or something needing handholding. They asked for some relevant registration details and enrolled me.
What I received in my personal e-mail account was a URL to download the software (and later monitor the backups) and a CRI (answer) file. When I installed the software, the CRI included all of my enrollment information and licensing. The enrollment and CRI experience showed me one of the ways that Asigra has made this scalable through its various partners -- their toolset ensures a consistent experience for both the facilitating partner, as well as the customers.
After that, I did what backup people do -- I selected my data, defined a schedule, and clicked [Go] (figuratively). Over the next several weeks, I added more production information to the data set and tweak a few things.
And in my next post, I will try out some restore scenarios. But until then, in regard to Asigra ... "I'm not just an analyst ... I'm also their customer."
As always, thanks for reading.
New Year Resolution for Better Backups part 3 : cloud-based restores (not yet written)
New Year Resolution for Better Backups part 4 : what I learned (not yet written)