A Story Of Automated Backups & Self Service Restores
We’re always on the lookout to improve services and deliver incredible value to clients. Recently we introduced three new SMB shared hosting plans specifically designed to cater for a range of business uses; from small Start-Ups to Established businesses and Pro packages catering to all business types.
In designing these new packages we consulted heavily with clients really listening to pain points on how we could help our SMBs manage their data better. A strong theme kept surfacing – the management of backups and file restores was an area desperately needing improvement.
The Old Way: Clunky Backups & Restores
By default, cPanel provides a very basic method for backing up your hosted data, which is the all or nothing approach. These backups live in the same hosting space as your site files and can become excessively data-heavy, consuming a large chunk of your allocated hosted storage space if not regularly removed.
When you revert to a previous backup in cPanel, it actually overwrites all the current data (so it’s gone forever!) which means that it isn’t possible to simply restore a specific file, email or DB.
This only left you with the painstaking option of downloading the entire backup to your desktop, digging through all those files and folders and trying to find the data you actually need. Clearly not an ideal scenario, not to mention very time-consuming.
Automated Application Provisioning is now on it’s way!
It’s been a while since we talked about what’s been happening behind the scenes at (vh). I’m proud to say we’ve been very, very busy planning our vision for amazing cloud services for your business.
Since the company’s inception in 2007, (vh)’s mission has been to accelerate the transition the cloud cloud helping future proof your business, evolve ideas and concepts and make the cloud easy.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming on our Roadmap for 2018 and beyond.
New Website And Branding
Release date: Currently rolling out
You may have started seeing our new logo in a few places, on the website, in email corespondense and within invoices. This is all part of our rebranding exercise that started in 2017 and has been coming together throughout the year ready for a fresh new look in 2018.
Bobi our new graphic designer has played a pivotal role in bringing us an updated and improved style, simplified modern logo and designing the new website.
Spectre and Meltdown Security Looking At The First Line Of Defence For Your Business; As the industry comes to terms with the logistics and scale of the Spectre and Meltdown issue we are starting to see some cracks in the wall from vendors on providing stable patches to counteract the potential stealing of sensitive data across the board.
If you’re not up to speed with the issue take a look at our previous post Spectre and Meltdown for a quick overview of the problem at hand.
Reports from bloggers and news articles on BSOD – Blue Screen Of Death issues after applying Microsoft patches – Microsoft halts Spectre/Meltdown patch roll out after AMD BSoD issues, VMware in the last few days has pulled its hypervisor patches as they are in a state of flux to work coherently with OS patching.
As a result, VMware is delaying new releases of microcode updates while it works with Intel to resolve microcode patch issues as quickly as possible. Intel Sightings in ESXi Bundled Microcode Patches for VMSA-2018-0004 (52345)
It all sounds like doom and gloom at the moment while the industry scrambles to plug the holes in their row boats but are quickly running out of fingers. So what’s the end game here? What are we as service providers, business and consumers meant to do in the face of all this disruption and potential thieving of data?
Spectre and Meltdown Security | First Line Of Defence Options
First things first and that’s not to panic. The second is applying some common sense approaches to the problem.
The first line of defence is usually the best way to stop these things from spreading. Let’s tackle some common sense approaches to the problem.
Some Great Options:
Use Web Security Software
Reliability, Security, Performance, Support; all these things keep business owners and I.T. teams up at night.
So it makes us feel good when our heads hit the pillow knowing that our infrastructure and client data is in the best possible hands.
Why We Are So Confident
Our Data Centre, Micron21 is the first and only Certified Tier 4 Data Centre in Australia. The most secure environment you can get.