[Openstack-operators] Image Based Backups

Jason Ford jford at blackmesh.com
Tue Jun 30 14:44:59 UTC 2015

This isn¹t completely inside of OpenStack, but you can use something like
R1soft that is installed on an instance inside of your cloud then use that
to connect to other instances to bare metal. We (BlackMesh) have then
created a baremetal instance that ceph volumes can be attached to do full
restores or in the case you simply want a file, you can restore that
directly to the agent and be done with it. For better results, attaching a
physical server that has R1soft installed is a better option incase your
ceph (or what ever storage you are using) backend goes sideways.

Not ³cloudy² but still better than the alternative which is to lose data.




Jason Ford
BlackMesh Managed Services
FedRAMP Moderate Certified

On 6/30/15, 10:33 AM, "Curtis" <serverascode at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM, Brendan Johnson
><bjohnson at paragusit.com> wrote:
>> What are people using to perform image based backups of Windows and
>>Linux VMs in OpenStack?  I am using KVM as the hypervisor, Ceph for
>>block storage and Swift for object storage.  I know Cinder can backup
>>volumes that are not in use (at least in Juno, that may have changed in
>>Kilo).   I am looking for an image backup solution that allow the backup
>>of online KVM VMs.  Integration with OpenStack would be nice but isn't a
>I don't have any good answers, but I just wanted to add that we get
>this request as well. So, don't get me wrong, I don't think backing up
>instances is all that  "cloudy" either, but some customers just expect
>to have the ability to backup entire instances and are pretty
>demanding about it.
>So I too would love to hear about anything operators are doing in this
>Also, I can imagine some basic scenarios for backing up an instance
>and sticking it into swift, but what about restoring an instance?
>> Thanks,
>> Brendan Johnson
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