BaaS restore speed optimization

BaaS Optimizing Backup and Restore Performance


SIM-Networks experts are ceaselessly working on improving operating efficiency and enhancing reliability and safety of our systems.


Our developers have recently completed the set of measures aimed to optimize SIM-Cloud BaaS (Backup as a Service), which is a popular service within our SIM-Cloud computing (IaaS). Optimization was aimed primarily to achieve higher operating speed and therefore enhance the total efficiency of backup and restore services. This was made possible by optimizing the configuration of a software-defined storage based on Ceph technology.


As a result, the operating speed was significantly increased when performing volume recoveries from backup copies. In practice, it enables our SIM-Cloud BaaS customers to restore volumes of their instances up to two-three times faster.


The result will be especially useful for those users of backup service whose volume size is bigger than 500GB. Customers using smaller volume size could also measure the efficiency gain while performing backups, however, the results will not be that much evident. For example, the 500GB disk will be restored in 2 hours, so the 1TB disk will need 4-5 hours to get restored, accordingly.


We recommend opting for a high-speed data recovery to those SIM-Cloud BaaS customers who consider backup restore time as mission-critical or whose projects require volumes with data capacity over 500GB.

HOW TO USE NEW POSSIBILITIES?

For the customers who have created backup tasks after November 1, 2017, the optimized service is available automatically.


The customers who are not sure of the date of task creation, however, would like to leverage highly-efficient results of the SIM-Cloud BaaS service, should take the following steps:


1. Contact our support team to specify the job settings that oversee creating recovery points.


Please make sure that your message contains:

  • «BaaS Data Recovery Speed» in the subject of the message
  • Exact task name

Our experts will check the provided information and suggest the further use of the service.


2. The new settings will be applied by default when creating a new job for the volume.


Please note that to create a new job it is necessary to delete the already-existing one and the backups created before. It is because the same disk could be assigned only to the one job at a time. After the new job is created the system will create full volume snapshot as scheduled and proceed in making incremental recovery points.


Please keep in mind that having deleted the old job and the corresponding recovery points you will not be able to restore volumes using old backups. That is why we recommend you consider which option is more preferable: usage of high-speed data recovery or the opportunity of backup recovery in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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