Keep Business Hours Dedicated to Your Clients
As a hosting provider, the #1 goal is to keep your clients happy. That means keeping their websites up and running fast, especially during business hours when they are utilizing their websites, email, and other applications to service their clients. While this may sound easy to a savvy host there are a few roadblocks that many hosting providers run into that they never see coming.
Website backups are a vital part of being a responsible hosting provider. Whether it is saving your client when they do the unthinkable… or even worse, a system administrator accidentally deleting a client account. Backups are a must-have for every provider of web hosting.
There can be a downside to backups as well. What happens when your backup job becomes so large that it no longer can complete within your scheduled backup window? Typically, it is the client that ends up suffering the most as server resources are now being split between backup functions as well as client functionality of a normal business day.
This is the case for many hosting providers selling shared hosting services on servers running 1000 or more cPanel accounts per server. There are simply not enough hours during the night to fit all the account backups into your existing backup window.
With JetBackup, you now have the ability to limit the start AND stop time of each backup job with the following 2 options:
1. Limit the amount of accounts per backup job.
Example: You have 1000 cPanel accounts on your server. You set the backup job to only backup 500 cPanel accounts per backup job. In this case, if you had a daily backup job schedule it would backup the first 500 cPanel accounts on day 1, then the 2nd set of 500 accounts on day 2. Thus, every cPanel account would be backed up every other day.
2. Limit the amount of time the backup job will run.
Example: You have 1000 cPanel accounts on your server and it takes about 16 hours for your backup job to complete. You set the backup job to only run for 8 hours. In this case, roughly your first 500 cPanel accounts would be backed up within that 8 hour period on day 1, then the 2nd set of 500 accounts would be backed up during the 8 hour period on day 2. Thus, every cPanel account would be backed up every other day. When the time limit is reached JetBackup will complete the full backup for the existing cPanel account that it is backing up.
JetBackup is smart enough to know exactly which account it completed last and will pick up where it left off backing up the remainder of the cPanel accounts during the next scheduled job run time. You will find the “Limit Accounts to Backup” and “Maximum Execution Run Time” fields inside the settings of any backup job toward the bottom.
If you have found creative ways to use these functions please feel free to share your configuration settings with the JetApps community at: https://forum.jetapps.com .