Make Sure You Can Recover: Checking Backup Consistency

This article refers to CloudBerry Backup 4.0.5 and later.

CloudBerry Backup is an inexpensive backup product that has features typically attributed to  enterprise class solutions. With the latest release, we have added the Consistency Check feature: now you can monitor your backup consistency in cloud storage. In fact, CloudBerry Backup is a reliable solution and it does make consistent backups out of the box. So why bother? Well, there's a couple of things you probably don't consider right away:

  • Because of hardware upgrade, or other reasons, you may want to continue backup on another computer. There is a strict procedure to follow; if you don't, you will not be able to restore.
  • The backup files may be corrupted as a result of direct access to your cloud storage.

The challenge with backup consistency is that you identify the problem when it's too late. To ensure seamless recovery, implement regular proactive consistency checks. Read the rest of this post for instructions:

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CloudBerry Backup comes with Google’s Nearline and DRA support

This article refers to CloudBerry Backup 4.0.5 and later.
We have extended Google Storage support in CloudBerry Backup to include the Storage Classes feature. Users can manage their backup costs more effectively by leveraging Google's storage classes:
  • Standard Storage is the regular storage class with high availability and low latency to store website content, data you access interactively, etc.
  • Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) Storage best suits for storing data that is particularly cost-sensitive, or for which some unavailability is acceptable, like backups.
  • Nearline Storage features slightly lower availability and slightly higher latency as compared to the regular storage, e.g. to store cold data.
You can create storage buckets with the desired class directly from CloudBerry Backup.

CloudBerry Backup: Asia Bucket Location in Google Cloud Storage

This article refers to CloudBerry Backup 4.0.5 and later.

Here in CloudBerry Lab, we promptly add support for all the features of Google Cloud Storage, so that our customers can leverage the new functionality.

For instance, you can now create bucket locations in Asia when configuring your Google Cloud Storage account in CloudBerry Backup. The ability to create buckets in EU and US was introduced in previous versions.

Bucket locations in Google Cloud Storage provide users with the ability to specify where their data will be stored: Asia, EU or US. Besides some legal provisions, storing data closer to its consumers may result in improved availability and latency.

CloudBerry Drive: Share drives with all users

This article refers to CloudBerry Drive 1.4.2 and later.
As always we are adding features to meet expectations of our customers.
The latest version of CloudBerry Drive comes with several new features.
  1. You can now share drive options across All Users on a computer.
    Before, your cloud drives and other settings were only valid under your account. Now you can configure a cloud-backed disk drive, supply all necessary settings (like proxy, etc.) and propagate them to all users with a single click - no need to repeat for every user. Find details below in this post.
  2. Hitachi cloud storage has been added to the storage accounts list.
  3. Amazon S3 China region has been added to the storage accounts list.
  4. For files stored on cloud drive it is now possible to display the actual file modification date instead of the last backup date. You can toggle this setting on the Mapped Drive Options dialog.

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Introducing CloudBerry Drive 1.4

CloudBerry Lab presents a new version of CloudBerry Drive 1.4. This application provides you with an ability to mount Amazon S3 as drive on your computer. And Amazon S3 is not the only cloud storage supported by CloudBerry Drive, you can find a list of supported cloud storage services  on the CloudBerry Drive product page.
We are trying to make CloudBerry Drive more mature and robust.  The newer version of CloudBerry Drive comes with persistent cache, S3 Compatible account type, Bandwidth Throttling  and Full support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

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Temporary Restore from Glacier

After the object has been archived using the Glacier storage option, the object's data will be removed from S3 but its index entry will remain as-is. The S3 storage class of an object that has been archived in Glacier will be set to GLACIER. You can learn more about Glacier archiving in our previous blog post.

The advantages are reduced costs of storage. However, if you wish to retrieve these objects you need to plan in advance because of the restore times associated with Glacier storage.

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