Virtual servers are gaining popularity all over the world, and many small to medium-sized companies are researching cloud hosting and VPS systems for website hosting, databases, and much more. A recent annual report from Symantec stated that 82% of businesses using VPS hosting back up their data on a weekly or less often basis. Moreover, many of these companies expected a 2 hour or longer downtime during a disaster; much longer than disaster recovery should take.
The reason that businesses do not back up with virtual servers is that they believe the systems to be foolproof. With any form of complex technology, however, this is not the case. While virtual hosting is both less expensive and more dependable than other options, there is still the possibility of downtime and data loss. Smart disaster planning is as essential in cloud hosting and VPS server environments as in any other types of environments.
There are a number of simple ways to back up virtual servers; most server experts agree that setting up a disaster recovery plan in a VPS hosting environment is easier than in a traditional server environment. Many VPS servers contain a fairly small amount of data, so backup implementation is often simple and inexpensive. Servers can be configured to back up automatically on a regular basis, or back up policies can be easily figured due to the ease with which VPS systems can be copied. Backups can be maintained with a hosting company or through traditional media.
Regardless of how companies choose to back up their virtual servers, the important thing to remember is that VPS back up is necessary, even in cloud hosting environments, and the right backups can make disaster recovery much more manageable.