For customers receiving our Tier 1 or Tier 2 weekly and daily backups, you'll now find a new tab on your dedicated server page. With this page you can track the status of your backup jobs in addition to the amount of disk space you are using against your allocation quota.
One of the new features on the page is the graphical history of each backup job. Here's a sample chart:
You'll notice that when the first job ran, it consisted of new files to be backed up and a number of "RFE files" or "redundant file eleminations." The next day more new files were added to the files from the previous day's job. After that day, since there weren't many new files being added to the server, we see that the majority of files being backed up daily for the rest of the month are identical to those on the previous day. Only a small percentage of files being backed up are considered RFE files.
RFE files are files that already exist on our backup cluster. Files such as the windows system files only need to get backed up once for all users of the backup cluster. Furthermore, they do not count against your backup quota for your server. RFE combined with HLZS data compression drastically reduces the time required to perform backups. The use of RFE files also reduces the amount of space required to store your backups.
For more information on how our Backups work we have a KB article on how MaximumASP Dedicated Server Backups work.
Please be aware that, for some customers, there will be some missing report data around the 12th of September. The reporting data was lost while moving the data to our production environment. This action did not affect your backup jobs.