TSI's Cloud Backup is a managed product that allows customers to automate the backup of the data stored on their servers onto a secure and highly resilient storage facility within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure in the UK.
The service consists of two elements: a user agent that is installed on the customer's servers and a portal from which users can configure the service to suit their needs. The service performs automated differential backup and restore functions including block-level deduplication, compression, and encryption.
The application that has been integrated as the backup service is from CTERA Networks, using both the agent and associated portal functionality. The portal, like the data storage remains exclusively within the AWS UK environment.
Once successfully provisioned and made live, the backup application allows the customer to self-manage the files, folders and volumes targeted for backup into the cloud.
The first-time cloud backup runs, a full cloud backup for the selected folders is carried out. Depending on the size of the data set, this might take a long time. Subsequent backups are performed incrementally and normally take much less time than the initial backup. Only data that has changed is uploaded.
The application has been designed to use data compression and data deduplication techniques, to ensure the backup happens as quickly and efficiently as possible.