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Cloud Cost Guide Part 10: Step 9 - Setting Up Backup Servers

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Keeping Your Data Alive

Welcome back to our blog series on reducing cloud costs through a DevOps-Enabled, Automated IT Infrastructure. We've covered several steps, from choosing a Dedicated Managed Server provider and installing a Virtualization Hypervisor, to setting up a cluster of Hypervisors, securing your data center with the OPNsense Firewall, managing user access with FreeIPA, managing your systems with Katello, monitoring your infrastructure with Zabbix, and ensuring secure access with OpenVPN. Today, we're moving onto the ninth step - setting up backup servers.

In the IT world, ensuring the safety of your data is a paramount concern. In the event of a system failure, human error, or a malicious attack, having a backup of your data can mean the difference between a minor hiccup and a major disaster. That's where backup servers come in.

If you're using Proxmox as your Hypervisor, the Proxmox Backup Server is an excellent choice. Proxmox Backup Server is a comprehensive solution designed for Proxmox virtual machines and file-level backups for all Linux operating systems. It offers features such as deduplication and compression to minimize backup storage space consumption.

For VMware users, Veeam Backup is recommended. Veeam Backup offers similar capabilities to Proxmox Backup Server, but it's designed for VMware Hypervisors and is not open source.

Having a backup server in place gives you peace of mind. If anything should go wrong, you know that your data is safe and that you can restore your systems to their previous state.

In our final blog post of this series, we'll discuss Step 10 - embracing automation. This last step will allow you to streamline your operations and significantly reduce operational costs.

Stay tuned as we conclude our step-by-step journey towards efficient cloud cost management.

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