Several options are available to HC3 users, including the native HC3 Data Protection Suite with capabilities. HC3 has a full set of native features that allow users to backup, replicate, failover, restore and restore virtual machines. Snapshot-based, incremental backups can be performed between HC3 systems without additional software or licenses. Many HC3 users deploy a second HC3 cluster or a single node to serve as a backup location or failover site. The backup location can be a second HC3 system, either on-site or remotely. The backup location can only be used to store or take over backups if the primary HC3 system fails. HC3 VM backups can be restored to the primary HC3 system, sending only the data that is different.
Backup scheduling and retention can be configured granularly for each VM to meet SLAs. For fast file recovery, HC3 provides file-level recovery from local or replicated snapshot backups that can be quickly attached to live VMs. Scale Computing also offers the HC3 Cloud Unity as a cloud-based backup for HC3 systems that support all native HC3 features.
For users who do not have a secondary backup site, Cloud Unity acts as a backup site for all VMs that need protection. VMs can be instantly restored to the cloud to go into production until they can be restored back to the primary site. HC3 Cloud Unity also includes a runbook to help plan and execute DR from deployment to recovery. ScaleCare engineers assist with planning, implementation, DR testing and remediation as part of the Cloud Unity service.
HC3 VMs can also be backed up with virtually any third-party backup software that supports your guest operating system and applications. If you're migrating an existing physical machine to a VM, you probably don't need to change your backup at all. Backup solutions, including Veeam, which contain backup agents, can be used with the guest operating system so that they can be backed up over the network to a backup server or other location, depending on the solution.
Some HC3 users choose to use native HC3 export features to export VM snapshots or backups to store on backup servers or third-party storage. This additional backup method can be useful for long-term storage of VM backups. These exported backups can be imported into any other HC3 system for recovery. This is a great way to leverage existing storage investments, such as a NAS appliance or heavy storage server that can be reused as a backup target.