Backup Strategies For Cloud Web Apps: Google+ Hangout Recap

The Cloud Launch Team tackled different backup strategies and ways to protect your data in last week’s Google+ Hangout. If you’ve got more questions about data security and the cloud, be sure to catch the next Cloud Launch Team office hours in Google+ this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Here’s a recap of some of the more poignant topics that we discussed in last week’s hangout:

  • There are several ways that you can backup your web app. We have lots of tools at Rackspace to help you with this, including snapshots, images and Cloud Backup. You can also use GitHub so you don’t have to worry about whether your image snapshot is up to date with your code.
  • While having backups is important, it is equally important to consider where those backups reside. Racker Drew Cox says that having backups in multiple locations is a sound strategy for protecting important information. Check out the video to hear Jeff Olsen, our customer and cloud fan, talk about how you can put your critical data in a “safety deposit” box.
  • Rackspace customer Eddie had a very technical question about backing up an eventually consistent NoSQL cluster. Here are some general best practices for rolling backups.

That’s a wrap for this week’s Cloud Launch Team office hours. If you missed it, scroll down to watch a video of the hangout. And don’t forget that our next office hours will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST. If you have a question about monitoring, or the cloud in general, we hope you’re able to join the conversation. See you then!

Check out the previous Cloud Launch Team office hours where RightScale joined the conversation on auto-scaling in the cloud.

Alan is a former Racker, who also helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for cloud collaboration suite Central Desktop, working directly with companies and organizations like, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, he can be found performing improv comedy with ComedySportz San Antonio, or volunteering with the Alamo Beard Club.


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