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Cloud Object Storage – Basics and Examples

Cloud Object Storage. Basics and Examples

Once you have used a cloud storage service, you are most likely going to be faced with its different types: block-, file- and object storage. These types determine how data is stored and used. We are going to explain in depth, one of the most commonly used storage types – object storage. Continue reading

Meet Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage

Back in August, Microsoft announced Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage. Extremely competitive pricing along with local and geographic redundancy have us at CloudBerry excited and we are now announcing support for Azure Archive Blob Storage in CloudBerry Backup. After giving us a sneak peek a few months back, Microsoft has now released the feature to the general public. Read on to learn more about  Azure Archive Blob Storage and its benefits. Continue reading

Increased EC2 & Azure disk restore limits in CloudBerry Backup 5.8

Microsoft and Amazon have recently increased the disk volume limits for their virtual machines running on Azure and EC2. At CloudBerry Lab, we always keep up with the latest developments and today announce the support for these increased disk sizes in the CloudBerry Backup 5.8.
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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Cloud Disaster Recovery

A disaster could hardly be planned, but disaster recovery planning is a must. The core of successful disaster recovery is, of course, backup.

Nowadays, cloud storage providers are widely used for storing backups. However, the biggest cloud storage providers have created various services to perform recovery in the cloud. Today we will discuss the need for disaster recovery in the cloud and its peculiarities. Continue reading

Data Backup vs Data Archiving: The Key Differences Explained

Backup vs Archive

Backup and archive are terms that you might hear used interchangeably. In reality, however, they are not at all the same thing. There are important differences between data backups and data archives.

Understanding these differences is crucial in order to ensure that your data processes meet your needs. Doing data backups when you instead require a data archive, or vice versa, can have very negative results when it comes time to retrieve data.

This article defines data backups and data archives and explains the differences between them. Continue reading

Microsoft Azure Storage Types Explained

Microsoft Azure Cloud offers several types of scalable, high-availability storage: for tables, queues, files, blobs and Azure virtual machine disks. But what does it all really mean?

Even for an IT-specialist, it is not that easy to determine the best solution for the corporate requirements and environment. In this article, we will provide a definition for each of the Microsoft Azure storage types and give examples. Continue reading

The True Cost of Cold Storage

IT organizations today need to be savvy when it comes to spending budget. The shift of moving from on-premises storage to cloud-based storage is just one example of how organizations have delivered the same level of service, but at a reduced cost. That’s just good money management – always trying to get more bang for your buck. Providers of services like cloud backup are aware that businesses think this way – particularly when it comes to cloud storage.
Tiered storage offerings today are designed to align with business needs – from the most critical of data to the “let’s just keep in in case we need it someday”, and everything in between. These offerings have appeared to meet the specific need for cloud-based storage, but at a cost that lines up with value perceived of the data being stored.

So, is cold storage just cheap storage?
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Azure Archive Storage Preview

A first look at Azure Archive

What is Azure Archive Storage?

To keep up the pace with Amazon and Google, Microsoft has announced the preview of its own Azure Archive Blob Storage as part of their Azure cloud storage offering. Complementing its Hot and Cool storage offerings, Azure Archive Storage rounds out Azure’s tiered storage with a low-cost, long-term storage option for rarely-accessed data. Continue reading

CloudBerry Explorer Now Supports Azure Archive Blob Storage

CloudBerry Explorer for Azure is receiving yet another update, making it the first cloud file explorer that natively supports Microsoft Azure's latest blob storage tier — Archival. In this post we briefly explain what that is and how you can take advantage of it to reduce your cloud storage fees.

As of 13 December 2017 Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage is publicly released Continue reading

Amazon S3, MS Azure and Google Cloud Storage Pricing Comparison

Updated on 12/14/2017

Amazon S3 is a public object storage that helps individuals and enterprises to store and retrieve data. For a few years of its existence the Amazon has regularly announced price cuts for Simple Storage Services. Its main competitors — Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Azure are running face to face and also systematically decrease cloud storage costs to undercut Amazon pricing.

CloudBerry Lab develops a number of software solutions for managing cloud data and for cloud backup. Our products support more than 15 cloud storage services, including Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Storage. To help our customers better navigate on constantly changing cloud storage market we decided to prepare a short article comparing Microsoft Azure, Google Storage and Amazon S3 prices.
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