Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

5 ways cloud backup is like your flaky friend

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Cloud backup is like your flaky friend

We all have one.  That buddy we’re not really sure should be a buddy.  We haven’t known them for that long, but we spend more time with them than with people we’ve known for years. Because even though we’re not entirely certain they’ll really be there when we need them, they’re exciting and new and they push the boundaries. Okay, they have some downsides, but we like them anyway – and so does everyone else. In the world of storage and backup, we’re talking about cloud backup.

In this article, we’re going to take a look over the 5 most striking similarities between cloud backup and your flaky friend.  Both the good and the bad.  Let’s kick things off with a positive.


Does online backup have its head in the Cloud?

Friday, May 16th, 2014


Online backup options are steadily increasing in variety and dropping in price.  Accordingly, the concept of offloading data storage headaches to a Cloud provider can be an alluring prospect to businesses. But while online backup may seem like the long awaited answer to our prayers, there may still be some irksome practicalities preventing a joyous burial of tape and disk.


Floods and remote backups: keeping data safe with BackupAssist v7

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


Image via Flickr: wimmera

I grew up in a small town towards the north of Australia. Every few years or so, the wide river that snaked through our town would swell with monsoonal rains and break its banks, spilling across the two bridges that brought the town together. Kids like me would be cut off from school – which of course we didn’t mind – but business owners would find their offices and staff scattered and divided.

Thinking on the hypothetical of how we’d deal with being cut off from our office or threatened with disaster brought me around to the reality of how we and many of our customers protect their businesses: remote backups. (more…)

Using BackupAssist for Rsync with Amazon S3

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

A new feature in version 5.2.5 of BackupAssist is support for backing up to an Amazon S3 bucket via the service provided by

To set this up you will need

In your Amazon Web Services account, you will need to obtain your Access Key ID and generate a Secret Access Key. Then you will need to create an S3 bucket to use for your backups. See for a good introduction to these topics.

When you sign up for an account, you will be provided with a username and a private SSH key file. You will need to save the SSH key file somewhere on the machine on which you wish to run BackupAssist.

Once you have performed these preliminary steps, you are ready to set up your job in BackupAssist.
Create a new Rsync job and choose S3Rsync as the destination. If you want your job to run automatically each day, select the Mirror scheme. Next you will be presented with the S3Rsync server settings screen:

S3Rsync server settings screen

  • Rsync Server: this should be (the default setting) unless you have been advised otherwise by
  • Port: this should be 22
  • Path on server: you can leave this blank unless you want to set up multiple backup jobs using the same bucket (not recommended)
  • S3rsync username: your username supplied by (note: this is different to your Amazon username)
  • S3 bucket: the name of the S3 bucket you created
  • S3 id: your S3 Access Key ID
  • S3 key: your S3 Secret Access Key
  • Ssh key path: the location of the saved SSH key file provided by

Once you have entered these details, click Next to select which files you want to back up and then complete the job setup.