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Backups – What are they and why are they important?

Backups are obviously a crucial component in any enterprise application.  Modern internet components are prone to failure, and backups keep your bases covered.  Here’s what you should consider:

  1. Is your database backed up, including object structures, data, stored procedures, grants, and logins?
  2. Is your webserver doc-root backed up?
  3. Is your application source code in version control and backed up?
  4. Are your server configurations backed up?  Relevant config files might include those for apache, mysql, memcache, php, email (postfix or qmail), tomcat, Java solr or any other software your application requires.
  5. Are your cron or supporting scripts and jobs backed up?
  6. Have you tested all of these components and your overall documentation with a fire drill?  This is the proof that you’ve really covered all the angles.

If you do your backups right, you should be able to restore without a problem.

Sean Hull asks on Quora – What are backups and why are they important?

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Backup and Recovery in EC2 – 5 Point Checklist

backup and recovery checklistBest practices for backups and disaster recovery aren’t tremendously different in the cloud than from a managed hosting environment.  But they are more crucial since cloud servers are less reliable than physical servers.  Also the security aspect may play a heightened role in the cloud.  Here are some points to keep in mind.

Read the original article –
Intro to EC2 Cloud Deployments.

1. Perform multiple types of backups
2. Keep non-proprietary backups offsite
3. Test your backups – perform firedrills
4. Encrypt backups in S3
5. Perform Replication Integrity Checks

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Database Heavy Lifting – Consulting and Professional Services


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MySQL Consulting in New York

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