Reverse Backup from Cloud to Local Disks

Not long ago network administrators would backup their data to tape storage, and later onto hard disks. As managed service providers evolved with technology, IT professionals began replicating to the cloud. Online storage services such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost DreamCloud, and Dropbox became popular destinations for offsite data retention. It seemed like such a good idea at the time, since local disks were small and cloud servers were large. Storage technology has continued to improve, and 8TB hard disk drives are now available for local retention. As free space has increased on servers, so have the storage needs of its users. Internet bandwidth has not kept up with improvements in storage technology, and slow speeds or high prices have made it necessary to “reverse cloud” backup data from online containers to local disks.

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How to Backup Amazon S3 with Reverse Cloud

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Many IT professionals are starting to think about how to backup Amazon S3 for local retention – i.e. how to do reverse cloud backup. If you’ve wondered how to backup from Amazon S3 buckets to disk so that there is a high speed local copy of cloud data, the NetSwap Plus product might be for you. While several cloud to cloud backup services exist, they have the disadvantage of incurring additional monthly fees and lower performance of the cloud.

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Cloud Backup Calculator: Why Local Data Matters

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The High-Rely Cloud Backup Calculator estimates your backup data upload time to the Cloud, assuming your connection to the Internet will be the primary bottleneck. To use the Cloud Backup Calculator, input the size of data to be uploaded then choose the bandwidth of your connection in the upstream direction (note that your connection may be asymmetrical). Theoretically, all locally stored backup data will be saved and retrieved much faster than files sent to the Cloud.

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Backup Protection from Cryptolocker

How do you provide backup protection from Cryptolocker? This virus has the potential to not only lock you out of your server files, but potentially encrypt files located at network shares as well.  Which means it could have devastating impact on backup data hosted on a local  backup appliance if you keep the backup data online…

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Best Backup for Small Business?

A customer asked for our latest thoughts on what is the Best Backup for Small Business. The choices include local (to USB or NAS) versus cloud backup (to the Internet), image backup verus file backup, using backup appliances (NAS) versus a full BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) appliance.  There can be a reluctance for customers in…

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