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Direct Upload to AWS Glacier or Upload through AWS S3. Comparison

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Amazon Glacier is a cloud service dedicated for storing archived data which is not likely to be retrieved often. In other words, it is designed for infrequently accessed data. Glacier has high latency of data retrieval but offers low pricing and high safety for stored archives. In this article we are going to explain Glacier’s data uploading nuances.

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Choosing an EC2 Instance Type

AWS offers nearly fifty different types of EC2 instances. It also provides a number of different categories of images, each tailored for different use cases.

Choice is a good thing, and having so many EC2 instance options and categories is a benefit to users. But with so many possibilities, deciding which EC2 instance is the best fit for your needs can be a challenge.

If you’re struggling to decide which EC2 instance to use, this article is for you. It outlines the major EC2 instance types and categories and makes recommendations about which instances are the best fit for certain types of situations. 

We won’t discuss every individual instance type. That would be unfeasible, because Amazon currently offers forty-nine distinct EC2 instances. But we’ll cover the most important ones, and discuss the differences between the major categories of EC2 instances.

However, if you are familiar with EC2 instance types, you might be interested in the EC2 backup. Check out our article about the types of EC2 backup. Continue reading

Support for AWS Glacier Singapore in CloudBerry Backup and Explorer

Amazon has just introduced an addition the the list of its AWS Glacier regions — Singapore. From now on users can use Amazon Glacier in Asia Pacific (Singapore) to reliably and durably store their data at a fraction of the price of regular S3. Here at CloudBerry Lab we naturally stay on top of things and today are updating our products with the support for the new Glacier region.
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How to Back Up Amazon EC2 Instances

Amazon EC2 instances can be backed up in more than one way. The approach you take to EC2 backups should reflect your needs: Whether you require an automated backup solution, how quickly you need to be able to restore an instance during an emergency and how much data you can store and transfer.

This article identifies the different methods for backing up EC2 instances and discusses the pros and cons of each approach. Continue reading

What Files to Backup?

Perhaps one of the most important things in dealing with data — for both organizations and individuals — is to design sensible backup strategies to ensure that all critical data is securely stored and accessible in the event of a disaster. On the one hand, certain corporate files are absolutely crucial for the continuation of business, but on the other hand backing up applications, movies, music, and certain system files is unnecessary, as that information is easily recoverable from official sources, not to mention the spiraling out of control cloud storage fees. In this article, we set out to clarify exactly what types of data should be subject to backup, and what files should either be omitted or delegated to the image-based backup. 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

Amazon S3 vs EBS vs EFS. The Difference Explained

Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS are three different storage types, designed by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 is an object storage and is suitable for storing user files and backups in massive numbers. Amazon EFS was designed to provide scalable storage for the users of Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon EBS was also created to enhance the functionality of Amazon EC2 - it is similar to your computer's drive but in virtualized environment. All these services are great, but only if you use them in accordance with their purpose.

In this article, we will define the difference of Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS storage options.  Continue reading

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

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

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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