Backup and restore
This section discusses how to backup a fort, and how to restore it in cases where the fort’s storage might become unrecoverable, for example, in case of a disaster. At this point in time, there is no feature of Forts that is specifically in support of backup and restore. This means that the procedure is mostly manual.
The reason for backing up Forts data has very little to do with backing up the data itself that is stored in QVDs or Qlik apps, because this data will also exist in the data sources from which the app loaded this data. When you design an app on a fort, the app design is stored on the fort, and isn’t sent back to Qlik Cloud. So, backing up a fort is more about avoid the loss of the app, as opposed to the data contained within it.
If using a cloud platform, we recommend backing up Forts by taking snapshots of the attached storage and backing up in a different Availability Zone than the one in which the fort is deployed, or even better, in a separate cloud region altogether. See the following diagram.
If using a local VMware vSphere/vCenter, we recommend a similar approach in that the storage attached to the virtual machine should be backed up, preferably off-site.
The recommended procedure for restoring is largely manual in the current version of Forts.
Deploy a new fort.
Configure the fort.
Create and configure a new space.
Assign the new fort to the space.
Retrieve Qlik apps, QVDs, etc from backed up storage.
Upload to the new space.