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SHIELD Architectural Diagram

What is SHIELD?

SHIELD is a data protection solution designed to make it easier for operations to protect their critical infrastructural data. It provides primitives for scheduling automatic backups of key systems, including PostgreSQL, MySQL, Consul, Redis and MongoDB, as well as a means for restoring backups in the event of an outage. Backups can be stored in a variety of cloud providers, including S3, Scality, Microsoft Azure Blobstore, and more.

Getting Started

The easiest way to get up and running with SHIELD is to deploy it via [BOSH][bosh], using the [SHIELD Bosh Release][shield-bosh].

Backup (Target) Plugins

fs - Local Filesystem Plugin

The fs plugin lets you back up arbitrary filesystem directories, optionally filtering the set of protected files via an includes / excludes system.

More information can be found here.

postgres - PostgreSQL Backup Plugin

Back up your PostgreSQL relational databases! This plugin lets you back up all databases (assuming you authenticate with an appropriately credentialed pg account), or pick and choose what to backup. Under the hood, this leverages pgdump, a proven solution in the PostgreSQL world.

More information can be found here.

mysql - MySQL Backup Plugin

Back up your MySQL relational databases! This plugin lets you back up all databases (assuming you authenticate with an appropriately credentialed mysql account), or pick and choose what to backup. This plugin leverages mysqldump, which generates plain-text SQL backups, which can often be replayed across MySQL versions.

More information can be found here.

xtrabackup - MySQL XtraBackup Plugin

This plugin offers another way of protecting MySQL, using the xtrabackup utility.

More information can be found here.

cassandra - Cassandra Backup Plugin

Back up Cassandra!

More information can be found here.

consul - Consul Backup Plugin

Back up the data stored in your Consul key-value store.

More information can be found here.

etcd - etcd Backup Plugin

Back up the data stored in your etcd key-value store.

More information can be found here.

mongo - MongoDB Backup Plugin

Back up your MongoDB NoSQL database(s)!

More information can be found here.

Storage Plugins

s3 - Amazon S3 Storage Plugin

Store your encrypted backup archives in Amazon's Simple Scalable Storage (S3) cloud. All you need is a bucket, a key, and a secret, and you get highly-available offsite archive storage.

More information can be found here.

webdav - WebDAV Plugin

If you can't make use of external, 3rd-party cloud storage for your backups, but do have access to an HTTP/WebDAV server, you can use this storage plugin to keep your archives there.

Note: often, use of the webdav plugin will compromise your disaster survivability. Make sure that your WebDAV store is sufficiently resilient (HA, geographically dispersed, replicated, etc.), and that you aren't using the same SHIELD core to back up your WebDAV store.

More information can be found here.

azure - Microsoft Azure Storage Plugin

Store your encrypted backup archives in Microsoft's Azure Blobstore!

More information can be found here.

google - Google Cloud Storage Plugin

Store your encrypted backup archives in Google's Cloud!

More information can be found here.

swift - OpenStack Swift Storage Plugin

Store your encrypted backup archives in your local OpenStack Swift blob store!

More information can be found here.


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