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Mike Mosley

Mike Mosley

Mike Mosely is a cloud engineer at iland and has worked at the company for over 3 years. He holds a number of VMware certifications including VCP5 as well as the Veeam VMCE certification. Mike works closely with customers to build cloud solutions that fit their requirements.

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Zerto Replication to the Cloud – Failover Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

Previously in this blog series, we have installed Zerto, created our VPGs and monitored the replication to ensure everything is meeting the required SLA. Unfortunately, a meteor has just plummeted to earth and destroyed our datacenter. All systems and access to our production is offline and we need to get our business back online ASAP. Luckily, all we need is a phone, or internet access to restore business functionality.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud for DR – Management and Monitoring

Mike Mosley


So, in my last blog, I covered best practices relating to Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Once you have your VPGs set up and replicated, you can monitor and manage the service through your Zerto console. With the iland Secure Cloud Console, you can also check the status of your VPG replication under the Continuity tab. Let’s take a deep dive into managing and monitoring your Zerto replication to the cloud.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud – VPG Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

So, having covered an introduction to Zerto and installation and configuration best practices in my two most recent blogs, I’m now going to tackle the very important topic of Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Zerto VPGs allow you to create a group of VMs to be protected together, giving you many different options for replication and recovery configuration. With your ZVM and VRAs installed, you are now ready to create Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). In this blog, I’ll delve into the key things you need to consider when creating a VPG as well as best practices to ensure your Zerto cloud DR environment is optimized.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery - Installation and Configuration Best Practices

Mike Mosley

Before you can start replication to the iland Secure Cloud, you will need to complete a couple of installation and configuration tasks with Zerto to prepare your environment. The installation process is typically seamless and quick and the iland team are always available for any assistance needed. Please see the below guide for more information and best practices when configuring your Zerto infrastructure.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery - An Intro

Mike Mosley

Disaster Recovery (DR) has become a vital aspect for both a company’s IT and overall business strategy - with the primary objective being to recover from an outage or disaster as quickly as possible, thereby minimizing downtime. Combining Zerto replication software with the iland secure cloud offers a reliable and secure way to recover your production site in a cloud based environment as quickly and easily as possible. Zerto provides an interface that is easily accessible and allows for you to be in complete control of your DR strategy. As a service provider and recovery site, iland offers full support and assistance to ensure you are confident, comfortable and most importantly protected in the case of a disaster. Let’s take a look at the basics and, in upcoming blogs, I’ll be going into more detail on other areas.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Cloud Backup and DR - The Problems with Seeding Data

Mike Mosley

What is data seeding?

Many companies are experiencing the benefits of cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions with the use of Veeam Backup and Replication, Zerto and Double-Take. However, each of these solutions require the first initial backup or replica of servers – and this can be a huge speed bump for many customers. Often, customers will request to seed the data in an effort to speed up the initial sync and I’ve had a lot of experience helping customers through this process at iland. Usually, this can be accomplished by creating backups or transferring VM files to an encrypted disk provided by iland. This disk will be sent to iland and the VM files, backups or replica data will be transferred to iland servers and used as a seed for the initial backup/replica.

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Topics: DRaaS

Easily Protect and Migrate Physical Servers to the Cloud with Double-Take

Mike Mosley

There are multiple services designed to backup and replicate Virtual Machines in your private or public virtual environments. However, very few are able to replicate and protect a physical server. And yet, many companies need to protect both virtual machines and physical servers because of legacy applications running on legacy infrastructure. Double-Take is an agent based replication software that allows replication between similar Operating Systems. Because this replication takes place at the OS level, Double-Take is able to protect physical Linux and Windows server to a Virtual Machine in iland’s cloud environment.

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Topics: DRaaS, doubletake

Test vs Live Failovers in Zerto

Mike Mosley
In my role as a Cloud Services Engineer, I get a lot of questions from customers about the difference between Zerto Live and Test Failovers – many people seem to doubt the need to do Test Failovers. Test Failovers have become the industry standard for DRaaS – let me explain why and, in the process, outline the important differences between live and test failovers.
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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Understanding Virtual Protection Groups in Zerto for Disaster Recovery

Mike Mosley

To get the most out of a Zerto Disaster Recovery solution, it’s important to understand Virtual Protection Groups (VPG) and how to manage them optimally. VPGs enable grouping and tiering of VMs for protection which ensures consistent recovery points (RPOs) across all grouped machines. In this blog, I’ll take a technical deep dive into VPG management.

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Topics: DRaaS

Veeam Cloud Connect Backup – Tips on How to Minimize Cloud Storage Requirements and Costs

Mike Mosley

Storage Management for Veeam Backups (Forward Incremental with Synthetic Full backups)

iland Cloud Backup leverages Veeam Cloud Connect for a simple and affordable way to back up your data to iland’s cloud environment.

When backing up your virtual machines to a remote repository, it is important to understand how Veeam holds backup files and the amount of storage that is consumed by these files. This helps calculate the storage quota needed for backups offsite so you can optimize your storage and minimize costs.

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Topics: DRaaS, Data Protection, Veeam, backup, training

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