Secure cloud backup : Review

Rackspace www.rackspace.com

Rackspace is another well-known name in the business, and its products cover a range of services from managed cloud databases to e-commerce and website hosting. For secure backup services Rackspace provides Cloud Backup and the ancillary Cloud Files. These are two separate services with the latter being Rackspace's solution for public and private file-sharing as well as content delivery for web services. However, Cloud Backup uses Cloud Files to store its data so the two are interlinked, taking advantage of Cloud Files' redundancy and speed given its distribution of data stored in multiple locations around the world.

They are also both—along with Rackspace's other services—all driven under the hood using the OpenStack framework. As the name implies, OpenStack is an open-sourced cloud platform solution, designed in part by Rackspace and a collaboration with NASA. Which is quite the heritage, not that you'd notice the difference (unless it didn't meet your performance and reliability expectations!). More information on OpenStack can be found at www.openstack.org.

For Cloud Backup the service provides unlimited backups and no limits on file size, all encrypted with a private key. Data is compressed and de-duplicated before uploading to reduce bandwidth costs and storage volumes.

Backup and restoring can be managed through an online control panel or through client applications, for which Rackspace provides a market of third-party tools (or write your own through its API). This may be a selling point if you're after more flexibility (a number of third-party apps are on offer) or control (programming your own client to meet your company's specific needs).

Much like Druva's solution and some of the other products we looked at here, Cloud Backup can optionally be installed on local hardware, saving the cost of paying for Cloud Backup on Rackspace's cloud and instead paying only for storage costs of data through Cloud Files that Cloud Backup leverages.

Pricing is dependent on server level but starts at $10 a month per server for Cloud Backup, unless installed locally, while Cloud Files uses a tiered structure (that gets cheaper the more you store) starting at 10c per gigabyte per month.

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  2. Backblaze
  3. Druva
  4. Carbonite
  5. Crashplan
  6. Mozy
  7. Cloudberry
  8. Zoolz

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