January 18, 2021

Linux Backup & Restore Solutions for Data Loss Prevention

By David Weiss

What is Linux Backup?

Linux is a family of open source computer operating systems (OS) with widespread use and diverse applications. Although it is highly stable, Linux backup is necessary to prevent data loss in the event of accidental or malicious deletion. As with other operating systems, Linux systems are vulnerable to data loss due to physical damage, corruption of system files, fire, theft, ransomware, viruses, and other malware.

Why Backup Linux for Data Loss Prevention?

Managed service providers (MSPs) see a lot of different environments and Linux is one of them. Originally developed for PCs, Linux now has the largest install base of any general purpose operating system. This is due to its extensive use for mainframes, supercomputers, and the Android smartphone platform. Most relevant to MSPs, Linux is the OS for more than 96% of the world’s top 1 million servers.

Many small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) rely heavily on Linux servers. However due the OS’ higher learning curve some often struggle to perform their own Linux backup.

Without a detailed disaster recovery plan, Linux users are vulnerable to data loss that could lead to a devastating business interruption.

As an MSP, your clients expect you to be ready to protect all of their machines no matter what the OS. With Datto solutions, MSPs have the flexibility to perform a full Linux backup and restore, just as you can with Windows systems.

Datto SIRIS is a reliable, all-in-one BCDR solution built for MSPs that prevents data loss and minimizes client downtime. You can ensure fast data recovery and business continuity with Datto SIRIS, keeping your clients fully covered in the face of any scenario.

How to backup linux systems with Datto SIRIS

Deploying a business continuity solution such as Datto SIRIS shows that you take a proactive stance on protecting your clients, planning in advance to provide fast restore options for any Linux backup scenario. Lost files, system crashes, or even site-wide disasters are easily overcome by SIRIS’ Linux backup restore tools.

Datto SIRIS employs Instant Virtualization, enabling MSPs to recover a system in minutes in the Datto Cloud, on local hardware, or on the SIRIS appliance. Use Instant Virtualization to run a complete system image on a virtual machine while regular backups continue. In the event that an entire machine is lost, SIRIS bolsters Linux backup with multiple recovery options, including:

  • File restore to recover deleted or corrupted files or folders
  • Rapid Rollback to quickly undo widespread changes such as ransomware infection
  • Image Export for full virtual server restore
  • Bare Metal Recovery to re-image a server to new hardware

Ransomware continues to be a growing economic threat to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), with recent research showing that the cost of downtime is almost 50X greater than the ransom requested.

Datto SIRIS employs sophisticated ransomware detection features to proactively identify ransomware threats before they can inflict significant damage on your clients’ systems. In the event that ransomware is detected, MSPs equipped with SIRIS won’t have to hunt for a safe backup. Instead, you can can simply “turn back the clock” and mount the infected system to be restored to a pre-incident snapshot

A primary metric for MSPs is to reduce Recovery Time Objective (RTO) while also providing granular Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). SIRIS helps you to achieve that with Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology, which allows for every incremental snapshot to be a fully constructed recovery point.

Together with Advanced Backup Verification, Inverse Chain Technology gives MSPs 100% confidence in their backups by validating and protecting data. With Windows or Linux backups scheduled as often as every five minutes, backups are scanned, tested, stored locally, and then replicated to Datto’s internationally distributed data centers. And Datto’s Infinite Cloud Retention means that data can be stored for as long as required. Equipped with Datto’s SIRIS, MSPs are empowered to protect critical data and keep clients running during a disaster, within a single solution backed by a 24/7/365 tech support team.

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Benefits of Datto Linux Backup & Restore Solutions

  • Flexible deployment for every scenario
  • Comprehensive capabilities for business continuity
  • Multiple options that fit large enterprises or small businesses
  • Prevent data loss
  • Minimize business downtime from ransomware attack, data loss or theft, or disaster
  • Local Linux desktop backup and restore, and cloud-to-cloud platforms available
  • 24x7x365 direct-to-tech support

How to Get Started with Datto Linux Backup and Restore Solutions?

Datto SIRIS fits multiple deployment scenarios as an appliance, virtual appliance, or as software only. This provides flexible deployment of any physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructure running on Linux, as well as Windows operating systems.

Reliable technology solutions are essential to excelling as an MSP. Datto SIRIS is the answer for highly flexible Linux backup restore capabilities.

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Which Linux systems can Datto SIRIS protect?

Datto SIRIS supports servers running Windows (XP SP3 and all subsequent major Windows versions) and Linux (64-bit) operating systems along with VMware ESXi and Microsoft HyperV.

All Datto devices leverage our award-winning core technologies, 24x7x365 service, support, and cloud management portal.

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