Backup to the Cloud

Certainly there are a number of online backup solutions that pre-date the cloud hype of recent years. In particular Carbonite, one of the most popular, has been around since 2005. One of the attractions of cloud computing, however, is the ability to just provision the resources you need and only pay for what you use. As more or less capacity is required resources can be scaled out or in. Further, cloud computing resources can be acquired using self-service tools and do not require commitment for fixed periods of time. Also, to me anyway, there is appeal to having backup data available in a standard format and accessible via a number of tools and known APIs.

CloudBerry Lab provides a variety of useful tools for working with cloud storage. Among the most interesting is CloudBerry Drive which allows an Amazon S3 bucket, Azure Blob storage, Google, Rackspace, Open Stack and other storage providers to be added as a network mapped drive. This is very cool.

Figure 1. CloudBerry Drive

CloudBerry Lab also makes an application called CloudBerry Backup which can be used to automate backup to Amazon S3 or Glacier, Azure Blob storage, HP Cloud or Rackspace. There is a specific CloudBerry Backup version for Desktop, Server, MSSQL, MS Exchange and Enterprise.

I purchased the Desktop version of both CloudBerry Drive and CloudBerry Backup and I am extremely happy with both products. The price was reasonable, the installation painless and both are working like a charm. I now routinely work with drives mapped to both Amazon S3 and Azure Blob storage and I have no problem storing critical files and projects on those drives. In fact they are probably safer there than on my own device since both S3 and Azure Blobs are at least an order of magnitude more reliable than my own hard disk.

I am also now doing automated backups of my files (local and cloud) to Amazon Glacier. To me there is no more cost effective solution out there right now. $0.01 per gigabyte per month? That is insane (in a good way)! CloudBerry Backup makes it very easy and now I don’t even have to think about it.

Figure 2. CloudBerry Backup

So, regardless of what else you may or may not use in the cloud as a backup solution it makes a lot of sense.

To learn more about ways to exploit the benefits of cloud computing Learning Tree offers an introductory course in cloud computing technologies and a hands-on course in Amazon Web Services.

Kevin Kell

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