Backup Protection is provided using software from R1Soft, a leading provider of backup services to hosting providers. 

Key Components 

Backup Protection operates using some key components: 

Block Level Backups 

Backup Protection operates using block-level backups, a highly efficient backup method that bypasses the file system and reads data directly from the disk or volume. Block-level backups provide advantages over traditional file backup technologies, including the speed of completing a backup operation and a drastic reduction in disk and network I/O, which means there is a lower impact on the performance of your servers while backups are being run.  

Virtual Full Backups 

There are several different approaches to taking server backups, most of which trade off the frequency of taking backups, the impact on the server being backed up, and the ease with which restores can be run.  

Backup Protection runs on the principle of ‘virtual full backups.’ This means that a full backup of all data on the server is only ever taken once, at the point that the first backup is run. Each subsequent backup only needs to backup any changes in the data at the block level. A process of synchronization and merging of blocks ensures that regardless of your data retention policy, each restore point that you retain can provide a full restore of your server at that point in time. This process minimizes the impact on your server and network performance and maximizes the use of your storage quota.