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

Nicholas Stewart nicholas4 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 24 17:45:11 MDT 2014

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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