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Cloud Storage Archive Backup Solutions

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  • H. Cremers
    JorgeC wrote:
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    Services like Backblaze and Crashplan come close but it's not quite what I need. I don't want to backup my current desktop and have it all sync'ed up. ...


    Can you more precisely describe what it is that you're looking for. Because from your description i'd say Crashplan is exactly what you need. It backs up anything on your computer, even remote (NAS) and there's even a crashplan package for Synology NAS.

    The backup is unlimited and indefinitely, file versions are only deleted if you set the strategy as such or if you remove the backup source PC.

    I use it and it works quite nicely and unobtrusively, gives decent reports via email and is not expensive at all.
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  • brianmerwin
    Jorge,

    What you most likely need is a cold storage solution (Such as Amazon Glacier, or Google Nearline), however seemingly inexpensive as they are, you're paying based on volume of data so if you plan to store your entire archive in the cloud this way it can still get pricey pretty fast.

    Both of these solutions will allow you to archive drives permanently (no worries about the data being deleted over time), however as they are intended as business class tools as opposed to the consumer oriented services you're looking at (intended for significantly less volume of data) you'll be paying by the gigabyte.

    No big deal if you're talking about under a TB of data, but overtime it stacks up pretty quickly.

    One alternative is Amazon Cloud Drive. Quite a bit more cost effective than the cold storage options ($60/year for unlimited storage). However, because the use policy indicates that the service is not intended to be used for business purposes, you'd be taking a bit of a risk that they might catch on that you're storing your business files on their service and they may decide to terminate your account as a result.

    The bottom line here is that cloud based storage solutions are technically here and well supported, but they aren't a cost effective solution for most of us that don't have enterprise sized budgets unfortunately.
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  • JorgeC
    brianmerwin wrote:
    Jorge,

    What you most likely need is a cold storage solution (Such as Amazon Glacier, or Google Nearline), however seemingly inexpensive as they are, you're paying based on volume of data so if you plan to store your entire archive in the cloud this way it can still get pricey pretty fast.


    I was looking at these but seems that Backblaze is starting something very similar to what I'm searching for. It's called B2 and it's in beta at the moment (invite only ATM) Essentially off-site in the cloud for long term archiving.

    I don't want to have Crashplan because they require that drive to be hooked up every 30 days or else the data gets deleted. And I don't want to have my everyday data sync'ed in the cloud, only RAW images and working Photoshop files. I already run Time Machine for everyday stuff.

    Let's hope this is a good solution, otherwise I'll go to LTO tape.
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  • FirstName LastName
    With Crashplan you can exclude some files; but the thirty-day limit would remain.
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