Experience with cloud-based storage [was: Re: Annual Warning; Check Yur Backups]

Joshua Marsh joshua at themarshians.com
Tue Mar 25 12:50:35 MDT 2014


With the new pricing for Google cloud storage, it seems like a really
viable option. It would be just $10/mo for 500GB of DRA. I've fiddled with
their API and it's fairly simple. It could easily be added to a script that
does the backup of your database or file system.


On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Nicholas Stewart <nicholas4 at gmail.com>wrote:

> I was looking into this today and found a few possibilities:
>
> $20/mo for 500 GB https://backupsy.com/#faq-technical
> $15/mo for 500 GB http://buyvm.net/ (click on "KVM / Windows / Storage")
> $13/mo for 400 GB https://www.cloudshards.com/backupvpshosting.php
>
> You can probably google for coupon codes and get a lower rate too.
>
> Thank you,
> Nicholas Stewart
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM, Ryan Simpkins <plug at ryansimpkins.com>
> wrote:
> > On Fri, March 21, 2014 16:12, Chris wrote:
> >> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >>
> >>> Depends on the amount of data, but I've had great luck with AWS S3fs
> and
> >>> glacier for dealing with backups.
> >>>
> >>
> >> I'm curious to know how well this works (economically and practically)
> at
> >> various scales.  Would you be willing to share some (rough) details
> about
> >> your cloud-based backups?  For example: How large is your baseline
> dataset?
> >>  How large are the daily incremental snapshots?  What prices do you pay
> for
> >> that amount of cloud-based storage?  Can the backend storage service
> >> transfer data (in & out) as fast as your internet connection allows?
> >
> > I am using block based persistent storage at Rackspace. It isn't exactly
> > "cloud" like, but it certainly does the trick. Nice performance, though
> you
> > certainly pay for it. The price is $0.12/GB/Mo. with 100GB minimum. I've
> > looked in to glacier, and I have several solution-specific issues with
> that
> > approach. Restoration can be a real challenge and/or expensive. If a
> critical
> > service were off-line waiting for a restoration, it might be difficult
> to pony
> > up the cash to get it in a reasonable time frame. I think glacier would
> be
> > perfect for large bits that aren't critical. Photos, video, etc. I don't
> think
> > I would put database backups in there for anything other than very
> long-term
> > storage to add liability protection, etc.
> >
> > Turning a file system in to S3 objects seems like a potentially massive
> > migraine waiting to happen if you may want to restore order to the
> universe in
> > the future. If you are okay with chaos (and many applications would be),
> then
> > go forth and use it.
> >
> > -Ryan
> >
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