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About

DimofinfBS system is equipped with several features. That's why it's considered one of the best backup solutions for your data and your users' data.
DimofinfBS in brief:
It supports several operating systems like Microsoft Windows/ Windows server and different Linux/GNU distributions like RedHat and CentOS.
It has many features like: MySQL server support, encryption, backup scheduling, web control interface, support for control panels like cPanel and Plesk.
The system is divided into a network of servers: each server does its assigned task to make the operation stronger and more stable- check the graph.



Operating systems support

The DimofinfBS system can operate both as a server and as a client. Therefore it can support multiple systems.
The client's backup program is installed on the server that gets backed up to our server. The reason is:
  + to increase control over the backup process.
  + the way a backup is made.
The client's backup program works on several releases of several operating systems.
Please check the table below to know the supported releases.


Microsoft Windows OS:

Windows

OS version 32 Bit 64 Bit
Windows XP SP2+ y y
Windows Server 2003 SP2+ y y
Windows Vista y y
Windows Server 2008 y y
Windows Server 2008 R2 y y
Windows 7 y y


GNU/Linux OS:
Linux

OS version 32 Bit 64 Bit
Most 2.4 and 2.6 linux kernels y y
Redhat Enterprise linux y y
CentOS and CentOS-Plus y y
Debian y y
Fedora y y
Ubuntu y y

Virtual machines support

Virtual machines are currently considered the ideal solution for those who want to own a private server with a suitable cost. Advanced backup for servers and virtual machines is still a thorny issue because the most famous fragmentation technologies used in the hosting market don't support complete fragmentation. That means that the server or the virtual machine doesn't have virtual hard disks or a total control over the operating system's kernel. On the other hand, the DimofinfBS system supports a group of the most famous fragmentation technologies. It provides a suitable backup method for each technology. It also supports the most famous operating systems which are used as servers: MS Windows and Linux.
Check the table below to know what fragmentation technologies are supported by DimofinfBS.


Virtual Machines on Windows :

VMWare support:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that use the VMWare environment.
You can install the client's program and prepare a backup for the virtual machine or the virtual server that operates using Microsoft Windows.

DimofinfBS supports the following releases of VMWare:
Free VMWare Server , VMWare ESXi Server

Citrix XenServer support:
DimofinfBS supports the virtual machines that operate using a Citrix XenServer environment on both MS Windows and Linux.
Refer to the "Supported Operating Systems" page to know the releases supported by DimofinfBS.

DimofinfBS supports the following releases of XenServer:
Citrix XenServer 4.0+* , Citrix XenServer 5.0+

XenSource support:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that operate using the XenSource environment for both MS Windows and Linux.
** Refer to the "Supported Operating Systems" page to know the supported releases.

Virtuozzo support on MS Windows:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that operate using Microsoft Windows on the Virtuozzo environment.
*** Refer to the "Supported Operating Systems" page > Windows support to know the supported releases.

Windows 2008 support with Hyper-V:
DimofinfBS supports Windows 2008 with Hyper-V in two ways:
1. Installing the client's program on the physical box (the main server containing the virtual machines).
That way, backups for the virtual hard disks of the virtual machines are taken in the form of VHD files.
**** Data is totally restored in the form of a complete virtual hard disk (VHD).

2. Installing the client's program on virtual machines. For each machine you want to backup, you have to buy a backup plan. That way, you can provide a backup for the virtual machine and use the customized restore (separate files) or the general restore (Bare-metal).

MS Virtual Server support:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that operate on the MS Virtual Server environment. The client's program is installed on each virtual machine you want to backup.
***** That way, you can use the customized restore (separate files) or the general restore (Bare-metal).

Asterisks guideline:
* It's not advised to use release 4.0 due to some problems in it. We advise the use of release 5.0
** Might need some advanced settings.
*** Needs disabling the VSS feature (Virtuozzo Volume Shadow Copy) in the virtual machine in order for the backup to work properly.
**** This method doesn't allow you to use the specialized restore feature.
***** It's advised to use the latest updates available from Microsoft due to some problems in older copies.





Virtual Machines on Linux:

VMWare support:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that use the VMWare environment.
You can install the client's program and prepare a backup for the virtual machine or the virtual server that operates using Linux.

DimofinfBS supports the following releases of VMWare:
Free VMWare Server , VMWare ESXi Server

Citrix XenServer support:
DimofinfBS supports the virtual machines that operate using a Citrix XenServer environment on both MS Windows and Linux.
Refer to the "Supported Operating Systems" page to know the releases supported by DimofinfBS.

DimofinfBS supports the following releases of XenServer:
Citrix XenServer 4.0+* , Citrix XenServer 5.0+

XenSource support:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines that operate using the XenSource environment for both MS Windows and Linux.
** Refer to the "Supported Operating Systems" page to know the supported releases.

Virtuozzo support on Linux:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines and servers that operate using Linux on the Virtuozzo environment.
The client's program is installed on the main box (the main server that contains the virtual machines).
*** That way, backups are provided for all virtual machines on the box.

OpenVZ support for Linux:
DimofinfBS supports virtual machines and servers that use the Linux operating system on the OpenVZ environment. The client's program gets installed on the main box (the main server that contains the virtual machines).
**** That way, backups are provided for all virtual machines on the box.

Asterisks guideline:
* It's not advised to use release 4.0 due to some problems in it. We advise the use of release 5.0
** Might need some advanced settings.
*** Due to the fragmentation method used in Virtuozzo/Linux, a folder is created for each virtual machine rather than each virtual hard disk. Therefore, the client's program can't be installed on virtual machines in Virtuozzo/Linux. It can only be installed on the main box (the main server containing the virtual machines). That's how backups are provided for all virtual machines in the box.
**** Due to the fragmentation method used in OpenVZ/Linux, a folder is created for each virtual machine rather than each virtual hard disk. Therefore, the client's program can't be installed on virtual machines in OpenVZ/Linux. It can only be installed on the main box (the main server containing the virtual machines). That's how backups are provided for all virtual machines in the box.

Control panels support

DimofinfBS provides support for the most famous control panels, like cPanel and plesk. This allows yours clients to do the following:
Automatic access into DimofinfBS GUI panel using the control panel's user data. *
The client can restore files without asking assistance from the technical support team. **

That way you'll spare your clients and your technical support team the time and effort.

DimofinfBS supports the following control panels:
cPanel Plesk , Ensim , DirectAdmin

Features:
Automatic restoration: It allows the users of the aforementioned panels to access DimofinfBS GUI and browse their files. Then they can specify the files which they want to restore, and specify the location to where they will be restored, regardless if it was the original location or a different one.

User restriction:
Users of control panels are restricted to their site's folder. They can't view other users' files.

Ease of use:
DimofinfBS provides a control panel GUI that works via the web. It provides management for the backup and restore operations.

How does it work?
1. Go to the control interface using a web browser.
2. Enter the control panel's login data to access the DimofinfBS GUI panel. ***
3. The user can browse his files and select the folders he wants to restore.
4. The user can specify the restore location (original - different) and specify the restore mechanism (encrypted / not encrypted).
5. The restore operation will start. ****

It also needs a cPanel add-on to allow its users to access using their panels.

Requirements for activating the control panels feature:
DimofinfBS only supports the aforementioned control panels (the control panels feature works only on Linux servers - for the meantime).
Note: Other control panels can be supported by integrating a Perl script that is specifically made for DimofinfBS. It's free and open source (The client is given the source code, and it is his responsibility to integrate the script into Dimofinf).

Asterisks guideline:
* It requires copying the /home partition completely. This will enable the cPanel users to restore their files automatically, using their cPanel login credentials.
** There’s a cPanel add-on that can be installed. As a result, it will appear in the users panel. It enables users automatic access to the DimofinfBS GUI panel.
*** DimofinfBS GUI interface is currently only available in English.
**** Files restoration speed depends on the size of the desired data.

MySQL server support

DimofinfBS is the only solution in the middle east that provides:
Advanced solutions for MySQL databases backup.
Execution of restoration processes in critical situations.
Strategic platform to backup its MySQL server. It provides the best tools to execute backup and restore operations.

DimofinfBS MySQL server features:
1. Archiving MySQL databases as files.
2. Support for MyISAM and InnoDB engines.
3. Ability to re-build MySQL Server with all the backed up databases in critical situations.
4. Complete control using a simple and easy to use DimofinfBS web interface.
5. Complete control over specifying the databases that should be backed up.
6. Complete restoration for a database or for just one table.
7. Restoring the database to its original location or to a different one.
8. Ability to overwrite a database if it already existed during the restoration process.
9. High backup speed.
10. Least possible overhead during backup and restore.

DimofinfBS MySQL requirements:
1. Linux operating system (MS Windows support will be available soon).
2. Existence of a working and stable MySQL Server.
3. Buying a DimofinfBS MySQL server add-on license from DimofinfBS.com.


Security features

We at Dimofinf have made security one of our main priorities:
- We've secured the data.
- We've maintained a high security standard to ensure the stability of our services and our clients' data.

DimofinfBS, one of Dimofinf's projects, is moving on that track.

Secure data center:
All of our servers work inside one of several data centers distributed in some of the American states:
- Dallas
- Los Angeles
- Chicago

All servers work inside a data center that is totally equipped to operate Internet servers. The data center contains:
- All security tools.
- Temperature control.
- High Internet speeds.
- Servers and data center monitoring using specialized cameras.

Secure network:
All Dimofinf servers operate on a network equipped with Cisco equipment; like routers and switches and other equipment. It is constantly maintained and monitored remotely all year long.

Monitoring servers:
All Dimofinf servers are remotely monitored using the monitoring systems at Dimofinf. Each server and its services are monitored using specialized systems. Any emerging issue is directly handled by the operating systems engineers at Dimofinf.

Special protocol:
One of Dimofinf's features as a backup service is that it provides a special program that gets installed on the server that will be backed up. This program enables communication between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers. The client program uses a special protocol that doesn't overlap with other protocols like FTP or SFTP etc...

Connection encryption:
At DimofinfBS, we've provided strong methods to completely encrypt the connection during backup and restore operations between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers. This blocks intruders when they try to hack the connection between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers

Limited accessibility between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers:
One of the strongest points that distinguishes DimofinfBS from other backup services:
- Limited accessibility between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers.
- No need to exchange passwords between the client's server and DimofinfBS' servers to execute backup and restore operations.
- No way to harm any of the backups or harm the DimofinfBS server from any of the clients' servers.
- No way to access and view other clients' data.
- If a breach occurs from a client's server, there's no way it can harm the backups available at DimofinfBS.

Users limited accessibility:
Dimofinf provides a mechanism to create users that can access DimofinfBS GUI and control the available backups, modify the settings or execute restore operations. Each user has limited accessibility privileges that can be configured by the administrator or whoever is responsible for managing the backups. That way, you can provide your employees special memberships so that they can execute restore operations only when needed, or according to the granted privileges.

Control interface

One of the tools available at DimofinfBS is a web control interface.
This interface allows the client to do the following:
Complete control over preparing and timing backups.
Executing backup and restore operations and scheduling them easily.
Viewing all operations that have been executed or are being executed.




Customized restore

Sometimes you might urgently need to restore your files or one of them.

At DimofinfBS, we've provided the following through a web interface:
Ability to browse files, folders and partitions that have been backed up.
Specify what to restore.
Restoring the files to their original location or to a different one.

This feature is available to control panels users. They can execute restore operations using this method.

General restore

General restore (or restore as a whole unit) is known as Bare-metal restore (BMR).
It is the main component of the DimofinfBS service. (a backup is made for all of the partition or the hard disk. That way, it can be totally restored.)

To clarify the idea, let's assume that the hard disk named 'backup' was burnt in one of the servers, and that it has a complete backup at DimofinfBS. You'll need to remove the burnt hard disk then install a new one with the same size. Afterwards, you'll be able to retrieve the backup using DimofinfBS.

Is there any other service that provides this feature?


Backup scheduling

One of the features requested by whoever wants to backup his data and servers is:
- Controlling when the backup is executed:
At Dimofinf, we have provided complete control over the time at which operations are executed. Just schedule the operation and let it run automatically on time!
Times for executing backups:
- Each second!
- Each hour
- Each day
- Each week
- Each month

And there are more features:
- Ability to specify a specific hour while you're modifying the scheduling options.
- Deactivate or activate a scheduled task.


Restore points

In case of daily scheduled backups, don't you think you might someday want to rollback to yesterday's backup?
Restore points give you this feature. We've made it available in DimofinfBS.

You can specify restore points for each schedule. For example:
You can schedule daily backups with restore points each 2 or 3 days.

Hard drive systems

To keep the backup at DimofinfBS intact, you should: :

Ensure the quality of the hard disks that save the data.
Maintain and replace them whenever needed.
Avoid destroying the saved data.
Avoid interrupting the workflow.

For all of this, we used in DimofinfBS the RAID-10 technology on all of our hard disks. RAID-10 provides high consistency along with high reading and writing speeds.

Encryption

In DimofinfBS, we provide high encryption using Blowfish Cipher and RSA keys along with a password. The following occurs:
All data on hard disks are encrypted - with optional compression.
Encryption occurs on the client's server.
Data is sent to DimofinfBS server where it will be hosted.

That way, the data pass through the network in an encrypted, unviewable form. It gets completely encrypted on DimofinfBS servers. There's no way to know its contents through Dimofinf server except for whoever has a privilege to access the server's account. He only will be able to access the data. When the restore is executed, the data also gets restored in a totally encrypted form and gets decrypted on the client's server.

Archived extraction

Archived extraction enables you to extract a specific part of your data as a file or a group of files compressed as a TAR. You can download it to your machine after its compression completes. All of this is done easily through the DimofinfBS GUI.


Scheduled restore

Sometimes you might want to schedule restoring some files to a time when you're not available on the Internet.
DimofinfBS provides a feature to specify files to be restored and the day and time of the restoration.

Users system

At DimofinfBS, we provided the following through the DimofinfBS GUI:
Creating specific users.
Specifying the privileges of each user. You can specify if a user will be responsible for scheduling the backup or just the restore operation.

International standards

Dimofinf service is compliant with all security standards at PCI, HIPAA, GLBA,SOX. It provides the following:

1. High encryption.
2. Communication between the client and the servers through a special protocol and using special-purpose keys.
3. Providing a high level of security at critical times.
4. All operations are recorded in log files.
5. Modifying keys and passwords is done in compliance with some standards.
6. Ability to control users' privileges.
7. Clients' servers are protected with RSA keys. The service can't be manipulated from any other program.
8. General restore feature (Bare-metal) is completely compliant with the standards for restoration at critical times.