Storage Providers

CloudBerry Backup Supports 8 New Regions in Azure Archive Storage

8 New Regions in Azure Archive StorageIn September 2018, Microsoft announced that Azure Archive Storage will become generally available in 8 additional Azure regions.

Azure Archive Storage is an archive tier of Microsoft Azure Blob Storage in addition to hot and cool tiers. It is designed to help organizations reduce their storage costs by storing rarely accessed data in a lowest-priced tier. Microsoft offers an industry leading price point for archiving data (0.2 cents per GB/month). Continue reading

Amazon S3 Security In-Depth Part 1: ACLs vs Bucket Policies vs IAM

AWS S3 Security

To use Amazon S3 effectively, you need to be aware of the security mechanisms provided by AWS to control your S3 resources. This is the first part in a three-part series on S3 security. In this part, we will discuss the three different access control tools provided by AWS to manage your S3 resources.

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Guide to Office 365 Mailbox Backup

Office 365 mailbox backup: secure your mailboxes data

Office 365 provides a corporate-grade business environment for small companies and increased infrastructure flexibility for businesses with on-premises servers. We are going to cover Office 365 infrastructure basics, discuss whether built-in data protection tools cover all your backup needs, and how to back up Office 365 in more convenient ways. Continue reading

How to Use S3 Select to Save Time on Amazon S3

In this post, you will learn about S3 Select, a feature announced by AWS in 2017 to allow you to retrieve subsets of data from an object on S3. We will discuss why you would want to use S3 Select, then walk through a simple use case of how to use S3 Select with Boto 3, the AWS SDK for Python.

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Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Azure

Backup Microsoft SQL Database to Azure

If you have already implemented regular backups for Microsoft SQL Sserver, and further improved RPO with transaction logs backups, it is time to configure a disaster recovery solution. If you do not have a dedicated remote datacenter, consider using Microsoft Azure Cloud, which is deeply integrated with Microsoft Server platform.

You will learn how to configure database backup to the cloud and how to implement a disaster recovery solution, using Azure VM instance. Continue reading

Don’t Use Consumer Grade Storage for Backup. Why?

One of the most critical aspects of a sensible backup strategy is the selection of backup storage. From Google Drive to a private Minio server, the range of options is truly infinite. Some of those storage services, however, come with limitations that force you to examine professional-grade choices. Continue reading

Managing IAM Permissions in the Cloud: AWS vs Microsoft Azure vs Google Cloud

All of the major public clouds offer identity and access management (IAM) tools. The exact nature of the various cloud IAM tools vary, however. So do their names.

As a result, if you are familiar with the IAM solutions available from one public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), it can be challenging to understand how IAM tools work on another platform, like Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure.

This article clarifies that issue by comparing the identity and access management tools and frameworks associated with each of the three major public clouds -- AWS, Azure, and Google. It identifies the key IAM-related terms and tools to know for each cloud and explains the approach that each cloud takes to managing user accounts, groups, access control and (where applicable) Active Directory integration. Continue reading

Geo Redundancy Clash: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob and Google Cloud Storage

Geographical redundancy, or geo redundancy for short, is a valuable data storage strategy that can help to improve data reliability and availability. When you replicate data across multiple regions, your data is more resistant to disruptions that could cause damage to a particular data center or set of servers.

Want to take advantage of geo redundant storage but are unsure where to start? This article is for you. Below, we compare AWS replication across regions, Azure storage geo replication and the data replication features available on Google Cloud Storage.

The article’s goal is to help you understand which geo redundancy options are available from each of these three major cloud storage providers. Continue reading