Internet / Cloud Backups

BackupEDGE 3.x - Internet / Cloud Backups

BackupEDGE has three methods of performing backups via the Internet...

  • using the industry standard S3 Object Storage Storage API.
  • using Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and cloud services supporting the FTP/FTPS protocol such as Wasabi.
  • via any storage device connected to another BackupEDGE-equipped server.

S3-Compatible Cloud Backups

BackupEDGE supports the industry standard S3 Storage API.

  • Leverage your Internet bandwidth to perform secure backups, LIVE, to storage clouds around the world.
  • Create your cloud storage repository in cloud locations (Regions) around the world.
  • Many cloud storage vendors offer S3 compatibility. Ask your favorite cloud storage provider if they support the S3 API.

Perform secure backups, LIVE, to S3-compatible storage sites such as the Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (S3), Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi, Backblaze B2, and more.

These services uses a scalable, decentralized, fault tolerant server structures to guarantee 99.9% or more data availability at a cost far less expensive than building a data center and renting space. The only concern for the user is the reliability and speed of their own Internet connection.

A secure, encrypted transport link is always used for S3 backups, and no one can access your S3 backups without your unique keys. Microlite also recommends that all S3 users purchase the BackupEDGE encryption option to ensure that all data that leaves your premisies is encrypted while at rest, thus conforming to customer data privacy regulations.

BackupEDGE supports S3 signature version 2 and S3 signature version 4 for worldwide compatibility (03.01.05 and later).

See our Cloud (Internet) Backups minisite for additional information.

NAS Devices

As with local networks, BackupEDGE considers any accessible server, device or appliance with an FTP or FTPS server to be a valid Internet storage target. A Resource is created containing authentication information, a storage directory or folder on the storage server, and a space quota. BackupEDGE then treats the remote NAS as it would any other Resource, storing as many archives on the Resource as will fit within the defined Quota, using Retention Time and Lazy Reclamation. See the NAS Whitepaper for additional information.

In theory, CIFS Backups and NFS Backups can be used for Internet / Cloud Backups. However they are rarely used except in instances where a VPN is involved since the protocols are usually blocked by commrecial firewalls.

Remote BackupEDGE Resources

Two BackupEDGE-equipped servers can be configured to communicated via either an encrypted or an unencrypted communications channel. When configured this way, any storage Resource defined on one server can be used by the other server as if it were directly attached. The communications channel can be set up either symmetrically (either server can use the other server's Resources), or asymetrically (one server can use the other's Resources, but not vice versa). As an example, BackupEDGE on server A could create archives on a tape drive on server B, even inserting the proper tape if server B's tape was in a library.

Full device support, including Instant File Restore or Fast File Restore and RecoverEDGE disaster recovery, is maintaned with all Internet backup Resources. The users's available Internet bandwidth is the only limiting factor.

Last Updated - 2021/10/21