Appliance Playbook - x360Recover

Written By Tami Sutcliffe (Super Administrator)

Updated at June 17th, 2024


We've compiled step-by-step instructions for these specific appliance scenarios:  

  1. Keep an existing local backup solution in place until new cloud data has been retained for a specified amount of time.
  2. You require active cloud backups to remain in place during an appliance cutover
  3. You want to build a new appliance and stage it at your office before you bring to your customer's site
  4. You have too much data (or poor internet) and can't put data over the wire to convert to D2C
  5. You want to buy or lease an Axcient an appliance
  6. You want to stand up a virtual appliance on Hyper-V

 To review before you get started: 

     Agent best practices

What's your best choice?           
What's involved? 

You're keeping an existing local backup solution in place until new cloud data has been retained for a specified amount of time

Use parallel deployment with Direct-To-Cloud.  Once your client’s cloud retention requirement has been satisfied, you can repurpose the existing hardware and convert the D2C endpoints to appliance mode.

Direct-to-Cloud deployment:

Step1. Prepare your environment

Step 2. Access your x360Portal account

Step 3. Access your vault

Step 4. Work with a backup agent

Step 5. Manage backups

Questions Ideas and answers What's involved? Documentation
What should you consider BEFORE you begin a D2C endpoint-to-appliance conversion?
Storage options:
Dont fill up the storage pool beyond 80%.  Assume average monthly data growth of 2% and 5% portion of non-compressible data. 

Take total disk in-use/used storage across all severs to be protected and multiply by two. Then divide by .80 to calculate the amount of storage needed to maintain about 3 months of backups on the appliance

Increase the multiplier if you expect more rapid data growth or a larger percentage of non-compressible data. 

Set a separate retention policy on the appliance vs. what is kept in the cloud. For example,  3-4 months of local retention: 775GB * 2 = 1550 GB / .80 = 1938 GB (2TB) of usable

What do you need to know about virtualization options?

Memory used by VMs running on the appliance cannot be shared, so make sure you have enough RAM (and cores) to distribute across all the systems you would expect to virtualize simultaneously, plus leaving some resources for the appliance to continue performing backups.

What are your virtual appliance choices?
Deploy x360Recover as a virtual machine (VM)
Virtualize an x360Recover appliance as a guest VM
What are the requirements to bring-your-own-device (BYOD)? Since you'll  download and install the software onto your hardware, pay special attention to hardware requirements
Bring your own device
How should you use iSCSI storage?
For files or folders with complex permissions
How to manage the storage pool


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