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  • Backing up your virtual machines in Openstack

    Backing up your virtual machines in Openstack

    Backup is an essential part of the IT infrastructure management. Having HA solutions, RAIDs etc. doesn't free you from the need of backup. In case of a human error all those techniques will not save you, only the backup will. However as the saying goes "Your backups are only as good as your restores", so we have to think about regularly checking our backups for consistency.In Openstack it's highly recommended to use Cinder as the main storage provider. Cinder gives you the possibility to create block volumes and attach them to your virtual machines. The best practice is that you keep all your application data onto volumes and not on the instance disk, this disk should be used for the operation system files only, that come from the OS image ( of course packages installed from repositories will also go there) . In this article we will show you more reasons to do so.What you would typically want from a good backup solution is: online backup possibility, easy restores, consistency, easy management, to use as less space as possible.Although it's possible to have a traditional backup solution installed on every virtual machine, Openstack offers us other options to backup our data using snapshotting. The downside is that you can't have an "incremental" snapshot copy yet, you have to store the full size of your snapshots every time you backup. However the simplicity of backups and more importantly restores is far greater than supporting a "in-VM" backup solution that supports incremental backups. 

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