Archive for January 28, 2010

Save Your valuable Data With These Valuable Software For Free

We all know the danger of loosing data and loosing data happens easily like hard disk break up, a virus attack, accidental deletion of files and various other calamities. Though the value of the date is price less, we are not ready yet to pay for expensive backup software that backs up our expensive data. In the earlier post we had reviewed online services available to backup your data. In this post we review some open source back up software that will come to use for those of you who don’t want to spend too much in buying backup software. Here are 4 open source backup software for Windows system that one must try before buying commercially available backup software.


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1. Areca Backup

Areca Backup is an Open Source personal backup solution which is released under the General Public License (GPL) v2. It basically allows you to select a set of files / directories to back-up, choose where and how (as a simple file copy, as a zip archive, …) they will be stored, and configure post-backup actions (like sending backup reports by email or launching custom shell scripts). For more features check the site here and download the software from here.

2. Backup PC

BackupPC is an open source  high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and Windows desktop PC and laptops to a server’s disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain. Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server’s local disk or network storage. You can download the latest version of Backup PC software here. For more information on the features, check the site here.

3. Bacula

Bacula is a set of Open Source, enterprise ready, computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula is relatively easy to use and efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. You can download the latest software here. For details on the features, check the site here

4. DirSync Pro

DirSync Pro is an open source synchronization and backup utility for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.. Its small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Using DirSync Pro you can make incremental backups. In this way you’ll spare lots of time because you don’t have to copy all the files each time you want to update your backup; only new/modified/larger files would be copied. You can download the software from here. For details on the features, check the site here.

What Is Cloud Backup? A Beginners Guide To Cloud Backup

This beginner’s guide on Cloud Backup briefly explains the benefits as well as pitfalls of Cloud Backup solutions, notable cost effective Cloud Backup service providers etc in a simple way.


What Is Cloud Storage?


Cloud Storage is nothing but storage solution for the Internet. Cloud Storage Service Provider will have a cluster of highly scalable servers with simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. In simple terms, Cloud Storage, from an end user perspective is nothing but an unlimited amount of online disk space that is secure, inexpensive, highly available (mostly) to store/backup/restore data from PCs, Laptops and Servers.


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Who Should Use Cloud Storage?

As mentioned earlier, Cloud Storage is nothing but Online Storage, so to access Cloud Storage, one needs to have high bandwidth internet connection. This requirement may be a problem for those who want to store time critical storage on the cloud. However, data recovery solutions that use cloud storage is viable as you would request for data restore not so frequently. For example, you are photographer and want to backup all of your photo collection. Then it makes perfect sense to have the photos backed up on the cloud. You would have secondary backup of your photos and incase your laptop crashes, you can always get your data restored almost immediately. Depending on the amount of photographic data that is there on the cloud it would take probably a few minutes or few hours. This is not really time critical. So, a Data Backup/Restore solution on Cloud Storage is Cloud Backup solution. Anyone who needs secured, backupimage on a remote server without much worries on maintaining the infrastructure will have to go for Cloud Storage Backup Solutions.

Data Encryption and Disaster Recovery On Cloud Backup


In Cloud Backup solution, your data resides on an external server outside your home or office, so the data needs to be protected. All of the Cloud backup solutions offer state of the art Data Encryption facility so that your data is compressed and encrypted so that others are unable to use them. Since the data that is backed up is on a remote location, there is a fair amount of disaster recovery is involved. More over, Cloud Storage servers will have data redundancy implemented internally.


Advantages of Cloud Backup Service


  • Safe and secured way of backing up data on a remote data storage
  • Accessible from anywhere
  • Usually cheap with pay as you go model
  • Inbuilt disaster recovery facility
  • Highly scalable – no cap on storage limit
  • Data backup can be automated
  • No need to worry about hardware infrastructure to maintain


Disadvantages of Cloud Backup Service


  • High Internet bandwidth is needed
  • Your data resides on 3rd party Servers, if they close the shop, then you need to worry about your data (If it ever happens, It can be handled easily though)
  • Most of the Cloud Backup service providers charge based on data backed up. So, if you have more data, then you will be charged more. However, there are more and more service providers who are giving flat rate plans such as Mozy that charges $5/month for unlimited usage.

It is seen by industry experts that for large enterprise with Large amount of data that frequently changes with limited network connectivity, the traditional on premise data backup solution works out better and cheaper.

Cloud Backup Vendors


There are many such vendors. But the most noted ones that are cost effective are;

  1. Backblaze
  2. Carbonite
  3. Mozy
  4. Zmanda (Open Source)
  5. ElephantDrive
  6. Dropbox

Most of the Cloud Backup service providers use Amazon’s S3 Cloud Infrastructure. Amazon S3 is mostly used but has couple of alternatives such as Nirvanix, Eucalyptus, Enomaly Cloud etc.

Cloud Analytics – How To Track Your Spending On Expensive Cloud Computing Resource?

Cloud Computing or the internet based computing has give rise to so many new jargons such as Software As A Service (SaaS), Platform As A Service (PaaS) etc. Many startups/enterprises have been using Cloud resources such as Amazon EC3, Microsoft Azure etc. Since these Cloud Servers offer exceptional scalability, fault tolerance, pay as you go model, Cloud Computing has become a trend for the last few months/years. But, the reality is, there are few companies that really understand how all these work and if it really offers cost reduction in maintaining Cloud resources over traditional seimagerver technology. One of Mckinsey Report says that the Cloud Computing is really expensive and they cautioned us over its costs. So, it is really a debatable question whether the Cloud Computing really helps reduce the cost or just improves flexibilities etc. However, It also depends on how we use Cloud Resource and how we utilize the storage and bandwidth optimally.

So, How do you really monitor your Cloud Spending? Is there a way so that you can monitor your Cloud Usage and Spending just like Google Analytics does for your web site? Fortunately there is now! CloudSplit can literally do that and give you a real-time dashboard for your Cloud Spending.

What can CloudSplit do for your business?

Real-time spending insight, real-time cost control.

  • Install CloudSplit’s cost counter. (It is Open Source Software that just monitors traffic)
  • View your costs by application in real-time. (It captures historical data as well as highlights big spenders)
  • Control costs with alerts and cut-off limits. (If costs are eating your profits, you will get notified)
  • Eliminate unnecessary spending on your Cloud. (Idle Servers, Unnecessary bandwidth etc cost money. Better catch them with the CloudSplit counter)


Online Backup Services to Backup Files From Your Computer Easily and Safely

By taking a backup of your important files, you protect these files against future data loss like data corruption, accidental deletion, hard drive failures etc. The biggest nightmare one can have is to see their hard disk crash and they have not backed up their files. Compared to earlier days, there are many online backup services that not only makes your job of backing up data easy but also provide a various advanced features like high level of data security by encryption, continuous backup, automatic backup without the need for physical medium like tapes and CDs etc. Here in this post we review online backup services where you can store your files easily and safely.


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1. ADrive

ADrive leads the online data storage and backup industry by offering the largest amount of free storage and backup on the Internet. It also offer a suite of enhanced service features including increased storage capacity for premium users, and have extended its services to enterprise customers to help protect their business valuable data. ADrive offers complete and secure solutions to store, backup, share, access, and edit files from virtually anywhere, at any time. ADrive serves as an online, centralized vault for all important file types including: music, videos, photos, documents, and more. The basic plan that allows 50GB of storage is free for individual. There are hosts are features available under Signature and Premium plans. Check the plan that is suitable for you and try the 14 days trial here. The service is available for machines running Windows, Linux or Mac

2. Backblaze

Backblaze is one of the simplest way to backup your online data. Backblaze online backup encrypts and uploads all your data. When you need it, you an either restore from the web or get a DVD or USB drive sent via FedEx. It stores your data in a high security vault using military-grade security. It encrypts the files on your PC and then sends and stores the encrypted file in its secured datacenter. The backup service is available for machines running Windows or Mac. Check the features and the price here.

3. Carbonite

Carbonite provides an unlimited backup capacity of online backup that works completely automatically. The backup is secure and encrypted and it provides a easy way to recover files. It supports both Windows and Mac. Start a free trial here and checkout for yourself.

4. BackMii

BackMii is one of the safest online backup services available as it bakups up data in more than one location. BackMii stores three copies of your data (you only pay for 1 copy), on 3 servers, in 2 geographically remote locations. Most other providers store only one copy of a user’s data, or store the copy on a single RAID array. BackMii encrypts your data before it leaves your computer(s) and once it is stored on BackMii’s servers. BackMii offers an optional encryption key for users, so only you can see your data. The services is available for Windows. Check the detailed feature list and pricing here.

5. Altexa Online Backup

Altexa is specialized in offering data backup software by making use of the power and security that online data backup can offer. Its internet backup software allows you to back up your documents, in a safe, secure fashion, over the internet, to Altexa backup servers. If anything happens to your data locally or to your computer, you can be sure that a safe copy is only a few clicks away! Altexa Backup is one of the easy-to-use and the powerful off-site data backup solution available for machines running Microsoft Windows. You can checkout the features and free trial here.

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5 Free Cloud Storage Service For iPhone That Are Really Awesome

iPhone has some really cool Apps that support a variety of file types, you can review and share everything with colleagues and clients – from Office documents to videos; and you don’t need additional software. Whether you’re working from home, in your office or traveling, These iPhone Apps are really agile in sharing and collaborating files and media across locations and people. There are many such services but 5 are listed here. Do comment below if you know better ones.

ZumoDrive (Free 2GB)

This lets you Supersize your iPhone so you can bring all your music, photos, documents and more with you anywhere! It offers best Media Capabilities out of Cloud Apps. It lets you browse through the your music, artist by artist and much more. By the way, ZumoDrive is not just limited to iPhone but can be accessed from PC/Mac as well.


Soonr (Free 2GB)

Access, View, Collaborate, Search, print and more with Soonr. You can put documents with Soonr on cloud securely. It makes your team to collaborate on projects when everyone is mobile.


Dropbox (Free 2GB)

Dropbox is easy to sync file with online storage and sharing. It lets you access your DropBox on the go, viewing, Downloading, Take photos and syncing etc.

image (Free 1GB) is sharing and collaboration service that can be accessed from iPhone as well. Organize and view all of your content online in a familiar file and folder structure. Share content with direct links to files and folders, turn any folder into a public webpage in one click and create widgets to share files on a company web page or blog.


iDrive (Free)

Well a little bit limited but lets your iPhone contacts to be backed up and restored from Cloud.


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