and storage space. The risk of data loss is obviously greater than full backups and restore timesare slower but Blueberry can use special snapshot technology such as Amazon EBS to rebuildimages more rapidly. Synthetic - A synthetic backup consolidates a full backup and subsequent incremental backupsinto a single file. Recovery is fast, using less server cycles and bandwidth. Continuous Data Protection - In contrast to scheduled backup, continuous data protection (CDP)continuously tracks data modifications. CDP saves all changes and data can be recovered rapidlyfrom any point in the past. Bandwidth burden is considerable but using compression techniquesand block-level incremental backup, Blueberry can significantly reduce this load. Mirroring - Mirroring is a redundancy solution that literally mirrors your systems by making astraight copy of data to two or more drives simultaneously. Thereafter only new and modified filesare copied. Unlike a full backup, data is not usually compressed so recovery is faster. Backing up to the Cloud Cloud-based services such as Amazon's EC2 offer a cost-efficient and scalable option for offsitebackup. Users can easily access data remotely and businesses can expand their storagerequirements as needed. There are still some issues to consider when choosing a solution. Pricingmodels vary from provider to provider, ranging from tiered pay-as-you-go options to basic flat fees.Some vendors may also charge for additional backup services. Sufficient bandwidth is a crucialconsideration, although many providers will only send changed data over the network after the firstfull backup. Data security is also a valid concern and Service Level Agreements (SLA) should becarefully scrutinized to ensure the proper measures are in place. The same is true for all backup offerings, particularly when delivered as part of a package byhosting companies or Internet Service Providers. It pays to find out exactly the level of backup onoffer. SLAs should stipulate specific levels of data availability and set timeframes for recovery. Tackling Common Issues Live data presents a number of challenges for backup, particularly in the case of database filesthat are continuously being written to. Ensuring no changes are lost in the backup process canrequire considerable configuration. Blueberry can apply a number of optimization techniques toensure continuous backup of live data. Backing up Web or database servers can also be tricky. Traditionally, a list of folders is written tobackup but this leaves data open to human error. A full backup is the failsafe option but withstorage space at a premium, solutions that combine one full backup with subsequent incrementalbackups offer a cost-efficient alternative. One example is the incremental snapshot systemprovided with the Cloud-based Amazon EBS service. Backing up in virtual environments demands a different approach from physical servers. Thecritical factors are storage availability, configuration and management. If these are properlyaddressed, the benefits can be considerable. Blueberry has experience in engineering unusualbackup systems in virtual environments and mirroring virtual machines from one server to another.