I hate backups, I really do… Even more than I hate printers 🙂
But, as recent happenings proved again, you definitely need one… Either being it for a virus or ransomware, or a failing hard disk, or even if you just delete something (why would you delete something?)
I’ve been looking around for a good off-site backup for ages, but never found a “good” (read: cheap) one… If you look at cloud-hosted backup solutions such as backblaze, crashplan, …, you’re always going to spend more than $50 yearly… (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp)
I always figured, yeah, that’s the price of a physical disk you can keep forever…
Anyway, next issue, backup software… If someone can give me a tool that just actually works… PLEASE be my guest…
In the past I’ve used the build-in Windows one… But that one failed terrible resulting in me losing a lot of pictures… 😦
One of my last interests was backup up to Amazon’s Glacier service… But never took the actual step.
Last week, I took two steps!
Azure Simple File
A couple of months ago, a new “feature” was made available on Azure. Basically it’s just an oldskool file server in an Azure datacenter… Meaning: accessible over smb 🙂
\\fileserver.onmicrosoft and you’re good to go!
No shitty REST-interfaces! 🙂
It’s SMB 3.0, so authentication, encryption and data integrity are handled by the protocol 🙂 (hey, you’re communicating over a public network, of-course you’ll need that!)
Having a “regular” interface to the cloud opens possibilities… But, bringing me back to my earlier point of having the right tool for the job…
I don’t trust the file-history any more, so I’m looking around for other tools…
Currently running Iperius -> http://www.iperiusbackup.com/
Curious how that’s going to turn out…It doesn’t have a restore option? WTF?
Another service I’m testing on Azure is the Backup functionality.
It comes with a client application. Install, configure, select data and you’re good to go! This app definitely impressed me!
I know it says “failed”, one of the big issues with cloud storage is your upload speed… As I’m only a Belgian internet user, I’m stuck with a 5 mbit upload rate over adsl… So uploading 120GB takes forever… (forever being 2.5 days). So, on a daily schedule, after a day, the previous backup hasn’t finished yet 🙂
Big plus, I crossed my “downloadlimit” uploading 650GB on backup data 😦
Did I tell you it’s slow as hell?
And you have to pay extra for outbound network traffic, aka: to restore data you have to pay more…
I’m even considering installing this on all computers from my family!