Switching cloud storage providers with BackupAssist

It’s common to shop around for a better deal – better health cover, a cheaper mortgage rate - and the same is true for cloud storage. What might have been the ideal solution for your business twelve months ago may now not be today. So what if you want to switch where you store your cloud backups?

So you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a good idea to switch cloud providers and move your existing backup data across.

How risky is that process? And how much of a technical challenge will it pose?

The good news with BackupAssist is that you’re not locked in to any particular cloud storage provider. This gives you the freedom to switch whenever you want to, and to keep all your backup history.

Even if you have terabytes of existing backup history, all this can be preserved when you migrate from one cloud to another.

Let’s discuss this in more detail. 

Switching cloud providers is risk free with BackupAssist

The process of switching providers is risk free. That’s a pretty bold claim, so let’s back that up. 

Risk of data breach: BackupAssist Cloud Backups are encrypted locally before being uploaded, so your data is confidential from the moment it leaves your computer. Even if you use a 3rd party to copy across your backup data from one cloud to another, all that 3rd party would see is encrypted data. 

Risk of losing existing backups: There’s no chance of losing any of your existing backups because migrating your data is a read-only operation for your existing cloud. That is – it’s non-destructive. Moving to a new provider is a Make-Before-Break process; only delete your data from your old cloud after you’re happy that your new provider is working properly.

The switch itself is pain-Free – BackupAssist makes it easy to re-direct your backup jobs to use the new cloud storage. Once you’ve copied the data across from old to new cloud, simply edit the settings for your backup job to point to the new location.

Backing out of the switch is easy: What if you find your new cloud is not all that it’s cracked up to be? It’s okay, because you can switch back easily. Simply keep your old cloud active while you assess the performance fo your new cloud. Should you need to go back, you can change a few settings in BackupAssist to point it to back up to the old cloud again. And because all your old data is already there, your next backup will just be an incremental “top up”.

Moving your cloud backups is straightforward and well documented 

The process of transferring to a new cloud provider follows just a few simple steps: 

  1. Copy your existing cloud container to your new provider 
  1. Edit your BackupAssist backup job to point to the new provider and container 
  1. Run a test backup and restore to make sure everything’s working correctly 
  1. Delete your old provider’s backup container when you’re sure you won’t be going back

You can read a complete guide to migrating cloud backups at https://www.backupassist.com/support/en/references/cloud-resources/migrating-cloud-backups.htm 

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