How to setup SSL connection for OpenStack cloud object storage (Swift)?

CloudBacko backup software allows you to backup data to OpenStack cloud object storage (swift). The article aims to show you how to enable the SSL in OpenStack for your backup users.

If you are new to OpenStack, you should check with their documentation on general setup available at http://docs.openstack.org/

If you already have a running OpenStack, you can follow our steps to enable SSL.

Assumptions:

Here are the OpenStack version used in the following examples:

  • OpenStack Havana Series, Release 2013.2.3
  • Swift version: 2.0.2
  • Keystone version: 0.7.1

Here are the values used in the following examples:

  • OpenStack admin user name: admin
  • OpenStack admin user password: admin
  • Tenant (project) name: mybackup
  • Keystone server IP: 10.7.54.7
  • Keystone user authentication URL: https://10.7.54.7:5000/v2.0
  • Keystone admin URL: https://10.7.54.7:35357/v2.0
  • Keystone admin token: 7b05dab9722d44e7b9a82dc0d1ff74ea

Note: The value of the Keystone admin token can be found in the variable name “admin_token” defined inside the keystone configuration file at /etc/keystone/keystone.conf .

Requirements and preparations:

Please setup the following variables in bash profile and filters in the proxy-server.conf before you setup a tenant (project), user, roles and storage quota etc.

Step 1: Add the environment variable in the .bash_profile

Example (/root/.bash_profile)

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export OS_USERNAME=admin
export OS_PASSWORD=admin
export OS_TENANT_NAME=mybackup
export OS_AUTH_URL=https://10.7.54.7:5000/v2.0
export OS_SERVICE_ENDPOINT=https://10.7.54.7:35357/v2.0
export OS_SERVICE_TOKEN=7b05dab9722d44e7b9a82dc0d1ff74ea
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Please login again for profile to take effect.

Note: The value of the OS_SERVICE_TOKEN can be found in the variable name “admin_token” defined inside the keystone configuration file at /etc/keystone/keystone.conf .

Step 2: Setup SSL connection for keystone and swift

To setup the SSL certificates, edit the file /etc/keystone/keystone.conf

Assume you have valid certificate files in

/etc/keystone/ssl_cert.pem

/etc/keystone/ssl_key.pem

/etc/keystone/cacert.pem

which

ssl_cert.pem is the public key file,

ssl_key.pem is the private key file, and

cacert.pem is the CA root certificate file.

Since the format of the certificate issued by CA may be different, please always check with your CA with the correct instruction on chaining the certificates.

Example (/etc/swift/proxy-server.conf)

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[ssl]
enable = True
certfile = /etc/keystone/ssl_cert.pem
keyfile = /etc/keystone/ssl_key.pem
ca_certs = /etc/keystone/cacert.pem

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Step 3: Restart keystone service

Example

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[root@os ~]# service openstack-keystone restart
Stopping keystone:                                         [  OK  ]
Starting keystone:                                         [  OK  ]
[root@os ~]#
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Step 4: List existing service and mark down the id for the swift

It is required to use the ‘–insecure’ switch if an untrusted SSL cert is used.

Example

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[root@os ~]# keystone --insecure service-list
WARNING: Bypassing authentication using a token & endpoint (authentication credentials are being ignored).
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
|                id                |    name    |     type     |          description           |
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
| 5f805cc7df2a43eb90db6fe11ed682f6 | ceilometer |   metering   |   Openstack Metering Service   |
| 3134116675a8420a88ef01cdcb0c8728 |   cinder   |    volume    |         Cinder Service         |
| b703b91737954d01a2d180f6c3d575ba | cinder_v2  |   volumev2   |       Cinder Service v2        |
| cc787cf0258e46d6a342e1502e7bf6be |   glance   |    image     |    Openstack Image Service     |
| b3af7d0a95d34aa7883629df7a7f7f56 |  keystone  |   identity   |   OpenStack Identity Service   |
| 10f1a022ada246138aba5834e3622a91 |  neutron   |   network    |   Neutron Networking Service   |
| 218b5356d65e4d8382297f72d65c8bbb |    nova    |   compute    |   Openstack Compute Service    |
| a809ad43f380400cb55ff2520bb27ab0 |  nova_ec2  |     ec2      |          EC2 Service           |
| 8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880 |   swift    | object-store | Openstack Object-Store Service |
| 11882e74696547b0ba1e4d276074ae37 |  swift_s3  |      s3      |      Openstack S3 Service      |
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
[root@os ~]#
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The swift id is shown in bold.

Step 5: List existing swift service endpoints

Example

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[root@os ~]# keystone --insecure endpoint-list
WARNING: Bypassing authentication using a token & endpoint (authentication credentials are being ignored).
+----------------------------------+-----------+---                     ---+----------------------------------+
|                id                |  region   |    ......Trimmed......    |            service_id            |
+----------------------------------+-----------+---                     ---+----------------------------------+
| 00a39b6e21a24562b470b61a1b82902d | RegionOne |  h                     )s | 218b5356d65e4d8382297f72d65c8bbb |
| 047f9c3dd19743e280a553d8a34a9202 | RegionOne |    ......Trimmed......    | 10f1a022ada246138aba5834e3622a91 |
| 2b89407a81574b2c8f0fdef9eefc507a | RegionOne |                           | 5f805cc7df2a43eb90db6fe11ed682f6 |
| 47b6d5974d744c21a04b6ca2781f57a0 | RegionOne |                        )s | b703b91737954d01a2d180f6c3d575ba |
| 485ba5a748fc4f1e865d08774fae8ff7 | RegionOne |                           | b3af7d0a95d34aa7883629df7a7f7f56 |
| 90bb1d878b7045f086e2ada7ce853308 | RegionOne | ht ......Trimmed...... )s | 3134116675a8420a88ef01cdcb0c8728 |
| 9ac0472cb48f49b3b44cb4e3365be01a | RegionOne |                           | 11882e74696547b0ba1e4d276074ae37 |
| a1af6685d3e04e5fa7b71f6c244f1393 | RegionOne | ht                        | 8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880 |
| a9b9c9fbef6a44669788c1946a3c8e48 | RegionOne |                           | cc787cf0258e46d6a342e1502e7bf6be |
| c370061d0cc64386a470a5a0fb01e424 | RegionOne |    ......Trimmed...... n  | a809ad43f380400cb55ff2520bb27ab0 |
+----------------------------------+-----------+---                     ---+----------------------------------+ 
[root@os ~]#
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Lookup the endpoint for the swift service with the service_id=8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880

Step 6: Delete the insecure swift service endpoint

Delete the service endpoint with the id a1af6685d3e04e5fa7b71f6c244f1393 which can be found in the same row in the swift service.

Example

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[root@os ~]# keystone --insecure endpoint-delete a1af6685d3e04e5fa7b71f6c244f1393
WARNING: Bypassing authentication using a token & endpoint (authentication credentials are being ignored).
Endpoint has been deleted. 
[root@os ~]#
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Step 7: Recreate the endpoint with https:// instead

Example

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[root@os ~]# keystone --insecure endpoint-create --region RegionOne --service-id=8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880 
--publicurl 'https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s' --adminurl 'https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1' --internalurl '

https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s'

WARNING: Bypassing authentication using a token & endpoint (authentication credentials are being ignored).
+-------------+----------------------------------------------+
|  Property   |                   Value                      |
+-------------+----------------------------------------------+
|  adminurl   |           https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1          |
|     id      |        fb937c038fd34724bd7415fff3ee7736      |
| internalurl | https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s |
|  publicurl  | https://10.7.54.7:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s |
|   region    |                 RegionOne                    |
| service_id  |       8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880       |
+-------------+----------------------------------------------+ 
[root@os ~]#
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Step 8: Setup the /etc/swift/proxy-server.conf for swift

Edit the file proxy-server.conf , add the contents that are highlighted in red in the below example.

Assume you have valid certificate files in

/etc/swift/ssl_cert.pem

/etc/swift/ssl_key.pem

which

ssl_cert.pem is the public key file, and

ssl_key.pem is the private key file.

Since the format of the certificate issued by CA may be different, please always check with your CA with the correct instruction on chaining the certificates.

Example (/etc/swift/proxy-server.conf)

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# This file is managed by puppet.  Do not edit
#
[DEFAULT]
bind_port = 8080
bind_ip = 10.7.54.7
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cert_file = /etc/swift/ssl_cert.pem
key_file = /etc/swift/ssl_key.pem
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[filter:authtoken]
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auth_protocol = https
auth_uri = https://10.7.54.7:5000
insecure = true
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Step 9: Restart the swift related services

Restart the swift related service after you have modified the config file /etc/swift/proxy-server.conf .

Example

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[root@os ~]# swift-init main restart
Signal proxy-server  pid: 17166  signal: 15
Signal container-server  pid: 17167  signal: 15
Signal account-server  pid: 17168  signal: 15
Signal object-server  pid: 17169  signal: 15
object-server (17169) appears to have stopped
container-server (17167) appears to have stopped
account-server (17168) appears to have stopped
proxy-server (17166) appears to have stopped
Starting proxy-server...(/etc/swift/proxy-server.conf)
Starting container-server...(/etc/swift/container-server.conf)
Starting account-server...(/etc/swift/account-server.conf)
Starting object-server...(/etc/swift/object-server.conf)
WARNING: SSL should only be enabled for testing purposes. Use external SSL termination for a production deployment.

[root@os ~]#
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Step 10: Test with the swift command

Example

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[root@os ~]# swift --insecure stat

       Account: AUTH_49f2482ecff9431bae1d32fa2a004026
    Containers: 8
       Objects: 480
         Bytes: 189030388 
Meta Quota-Bytes: 10737418240
   X-Timestamp: 1412574345.10669
  Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
 Accept-Ranges: bytes
[root@os ~]#
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How to setup region in OpenStack object storage (Swift)?

ico_destination_openstack_72 CloudBacko backup software allows you to backup data to OpenStack cloud object storage (swift).

This article aims to show you how to setup a region in the OpenStack for your backup users. If you are new to OpenStack, you should check with their documentation on general setup available at http://docs.openstack.org/

If you already have a running OpenStack, you can follow our steps to setup the different region for users.

Assumptions:

Here are the OpenStack version used in the following examples:

  • OpenStack Havana Series, Release 2013.2.3
  • Swift version: 2.0.2
  • Keystone version: 0.7.1

Here are the values used in the following examples:

  • OpenStack admin user name: admin
  • OpenStack admin user password: admin
  • Tenant (project) name: mybackup
  • Keystone server IP: 10.7.54.7
  • Keystone user authentication URL: http://10.7.54.7:5000/v2.0
  • Keystone admin URL: http://10.7.54.7:35357/v2.0
  • Keystone admin token: 7b05dab9722d44e7b9a82dc0d1ff74ea
  • Keystone server IP (Region 2): 10.7.54.8

Note: The value of the Keystone admin token can be found in the variable name “admin_token” defined inside the keystone configuration file at /etc/keystone/keystone.conf .

Requirements and preparations:

Please setup the following variables in bash profile before you setup a tenant (project), user, roles and storage quota etc.

Step 1: Add the environment variable in the .bash_profile

Example (/root/.bash_profile)

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export OS_USERNAME=admin
export OS_PASSWORD=admin
export OS_TENANT_NAME=mybackup
export OS_AUTH_URL=http://10.7.54.7:5000/v2.0
export OS_SERVICE_ENDPOINT=http://10.7.54.7:35357/v2.0
export OS_SERVICE_TOKEN=7b05dab9722d44e7b9a82dc0d1ff74ea
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Please login again for profile to take effect.

Note: The value of the OS_SERVICE_TOKEN can be found in the variable name “admin_token” defined inside the keystone configuration file at /etc/keystone/keystone.conf .

Step 2: Create a new region for OpenStack.

If you have a second OpenStack storage which you want to mount on your current OpenStack, you can setup a second region on your current OpenStack.

Assume the IP of the second region OpenStack is 10.7.54.8 . You need to find out the swift service id and map the second region on your current OpenStack according to the below instruction.

To list swift service id by keystone service list command:

Usage: keystone service-list

Example:

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[root@os ~]# keystone service-list
WARNING: Bypassing authentication using a token & endpoint (authentication credentials are being ignored).
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
|              id                  |    name    |     type     |           description          |
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
| 5f805cc7df2a43eb90db6fe11ed682f6 | ceilometer |   metering   |   Openstack Metering Service   |
| 3134116675a8420a88ef01cdcb0c8728 |   cinder   |    volume    |         Cinder Service         |
| b703b91737954d01a2d180f6c3d575ba |  cinder_v2 |   volumev2   |        Cinder Service v2       |
| cc787cf0258e46d6a342e1502e7bf6be |   glance   |    image     |      Openstack Image Service   |
| b3af7d0a95d34aa7883629df7a7f7f56 |  keystone  |   identity   |    OpenStack Identity Service  |
| 10f1a022ada246138aba5834e3622a91 |  neutron   |   network    |    Neutron Networking Service  |
| 218b5356d65e4d8382297f72d65c8bbb |    nova    |   compute    |    Openstack Compute Service   |
| a809ad43f380400cb55ff2520bb27ab0 |  nova_ec2  |     ec2      |          EC2 Service           | 
| 8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880 |    swift   | object-store | Openstack Object-Store Service |
| 11882e74696547b0ba1e4d276074ae37 |  swift_s3  |     s3       |       Openstack S3 Service     |
+----------------------------------+------------+--------------+--------------------------------+
[root@os ~]# 
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To add the second region (RegionTwo) to the ‘swift’ keystone service

Usage: keystone endpoint-create –region <endpint-region> –service-id=<swift service-id> –publicurl <public-url> –adminurl <admin URL> –internalurl <internal-url>

Example:

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[root@os ~]# keystone endpoint-create --region RegionTwo --service-id=8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880 --publicurl
 'http://10.7.54.8:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s' --adminurl 'http://10.7.54.8:8080/v1' --internalurl 'http://10.7.54
.8:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s'
+-------------+---------------------------------------------+
|   Property  |                    Value                    |
+-------------+---------------------------------------------+
|   adminurl  |          http://10.7.54.8:8080/v1           |
|      id     |       40c018c7ff934bc4b3d8c0ce8c78d8db      |
| internalurl | http://10.7.54.8:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s |
|  publicurl  | http://10.7.54.8:8080/v1/AUTH_%(tenant_id)s |
|    region   |                   RegionTwo                 |
|  service_id |       8b517bd82d4345c895384f9596a29880      |
+-------------+---------------------------------------------+
[root@os ~]#
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How to configure Command Line Tool in CloudBacko Pro backup software

Command Line Tool in CloudBacko Pro backup software

In CloudBacko Pro backup software for backing up servers, you can run commands before and/or after a backup job, e.g. to execute batch file to stop and start an application before and after a backup job, or other command to shutdown the computer when a backup job is complete.

Key:

Field Description
Name Input box to enter name of a pre or post backup command.
Working Directory Directory which the pre or post backup command will run at.
Command Input box to enter pre or post backup command to be run.Native command or command to execute a batch, command or VBScript file can be configured:

  •   shutdown -s -t 60
  •   batch.bat
  •   command.cmd
  •   script.vbs

CloudBacko Pro Command Line Tool

To define a pre-backup command line tools:

  1. Click on the [+] to add a new pre-backup command line tool.
  2. Enter a meaningful name for the pre-command.
  3. Click on [Browse] to select the working directory.
  4. Enter the command.
  5. Click [OK] to save the setting.

To define a post-backup command line tools:

  1. Click on the [+] to add a new post-backup command line tool.
  2. Enter a meaningful name for the post-command.
  3. Click on [Browse] to select the working directory.
  4. Enter the command.
  5. Click [OK] to save the setting.

How to configure bandwidth control in CloudBacko backup software

You can use the bandwidth control to limit the amount of bandwidth used by backup traffic between specified times.
CloudBacko Bandwidth Control

Note

  • The actual value will be around +/- 5% of the limit when the bandwidth control set to below 32Mb/s. When the bandwidth control set to above 64Mb/s, the gap between actual value and limit value might be over 5%.
  • Network stability may affect bandwidth control effectiveness.

There are a few configurable parameters available and they are described in the following table. Bandwidth control is an optional setting.

Key:

Field Description
Mode There are 2 modes, “Independent” and “Share”.

  • For independent mode, each backup and restore has its assigned bandwidth.
  • For share mode, all the backup and restore are sharing the same assigned bandwidth.

Note: Share mode does not support performing backup job on multiple destinations concurrently.

Name Name of the bandwidth control set.
Type There are 2 types of bandwidth control, ‘Always’ and ‘Only within this period’.
From Start time of enforced bandwidth control period.
To End time of enforced bandwidth control period.
Maximum transfer rate Maximum bandwidth used between the [From] and [To] period.

To set up the bandwidth control:

  1. Slide the switch to right hand side to turn on the bandwidth control.
  2. Select the mode of bandwidth control, ‘Independent’ or ‘Share’.
  3. Click on the [Add] button to add a bandwidth control or click on the bandwidth control set to modify the setting.
  4. Provide a meaningful name for this bandwidth control if necessary.
  5. Select the type of bandwidth control, ‘Always’ or ‘Only within this period’.
  6. If ‘Only within this period’ is selected, select the ‘From’ and ‘To’ period of time.
  7. Select the ‘Maximum transfer rate’ from the drop down box.
  8. Click [Save] to save the setting.

CloudBacko Bandwidth Control - Add New

To remove a bandwidth control:

  1. Select the bandwidth control set.
  2. On the bottom left, click the “Delete this bandwidth control”.

Remove bandwidth control in CloudBacko

How to Deal With Ransomware Attacks

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The increasing frequency of ransomware attacks on hospitals, public utility companies, financial institutions, and various other private and public entities is a major source of concern.

Reports show that ransomware attacks are rapidly on the rise and 2016 saw a 50% increase in ransomware attacks over the previous year.  Continue reading

Let’s troubleshoot together when CloudBacko hits a roadblock

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CloudBacko is a well-designed, thoroughly tested, robust backup software. Being evolved into the latest version, most critical bugs have been solved already and it’s very stable now. But it can still hit roadblocks due to different reasons, such as unusal application setup, network setting, user’s permission, storage quota, etc. If it happens, what should you do? Continue reading

How to configure Office 365 admin settings before you can backup all 365 users’ mailboxes and emails

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If you’re an administrator of Office 365 planning to backup the mailbox contents and emails of all your 365 users to your local storage or to another cloud storage from another cloud provider other than Microsoft,  CloudBacko Pro backup software offers you an easy way to accomplish this goal. However, before being able to back up all your 365 users’ mailbox contents and emails, you need to properly configure your administrator settings in your Office 365 account. Let’s take a look at these required configurations. Continue reading

3 Reasons Why You Should Download CloudBacko Mobile App Right Now!

screen322x572 (1)CloudBacko is by far one of the best cloud backup software available on the web. For a very long time now, individuals and organizations alike have been turning to CloudBacko because they know that all CloudBacko will always be able to provide them with the perfect cloud backup solutions that will suit all their needs. CloudBacko is part of the CloudBacko Corporation owned subsidiary of Ahsay Backup Software Development Company Limited and specializes in developing backup and recovery software for businesses to securely back up their servers and workstations to the cloud and local storage.

Up until recently, CloudBacko offered three (highly successful) products which included their free software CloudBacko Home which is designed to backup Windows and Mac and their purchasable software CloudBacko Lite and CloudBacko Pro which are specifically designed to backup hardcore business applications. But now CloudBacko has launched a brand new product that will appease smart phone users everywhere called CloudBacko Mobile.

Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t wait around to install this app.

1.  CloudBacko Mobile Lets You Backup Variety of Data

This powerful and simple to use backup app is the perfect solution to backup all your data to the cloud as you are on the go. Now you no longer have to worry about losing your:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Voice Files
  • Contacts
  • Bookmarks
  • Messages
  • WhatsApp

2.  CloudBacko Mobile Offer Backup to the Best Destinations

CloudBacko Mobile gives you the chance to upload all your private data to some of the most popular cloud storage destinations which include:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft OneDrive

3.  CloudBacko Mobile Offers Amazing Features

The features of the app are simple to handle and super useful to boot. The key features of CloudBacko include:

  • Automatic scheduled backup on selected day(s) of week
  • Option of backing up only through Wi-Fi
  • Prompt notifications of when scheduled backup is started and finished
  • Display of used and free space information of cloud storage
  • Encryption
  • Privacy, Etc.

CloudBacko Mobile app offer simple and intuitive control panel that just about anyone would find easy to use. With just a few clicks you can not only backup you personal data but also restore it whenever you want. You can the CloudBacko Mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple App Store anytime you wish.

Efficient Backup Strategies for Data, Multimedia & System Files

Data inaccessibility or loss calamities can strike anytime and in any form. Your laptop might get stolen, your memory drive might get corrupted, you might be in immediate need of an updated file that that is saved on the office PC but you are another country, Etc. The list of such scenarios is endless. The easiest way to avoid that is have secure, and up to date, back up of your hard drive.

Making sure that the data is 100% secure is not as simple as saving a copy of the data on the memory stick, but there are some very simple tip which you can apply to achieve just that.

By following these strategies, you can make sure that you data, multimedia and system files are made secure efficiently.

Strategy#1: Go for the Easiest Option

You can always get a USB drive. This is by far the easiest and cheapest way to save data. With USB drives, you can take all your data with you anywhere you go and you get to decide what gets updated and when. You can even open preset applications this way. But, they don’t come without some huge draw backs. You have to update everything manually, you can easily lose the drive, it can get corrupted or even damaged. Your data is too precious to take a chance like that. This method of backing up data should be considered a last resort.

Strategy#2: Back Up Everything on Your Home Network

Setting up a single centralized backup for you and your family is an excellent idea. You can connect all the devices around your vicinity to another and to the internet through a router. You can always opt to get a NAS (network attached storage device) which is basically just another term used for one (or more) hard drives which you can plug into your router via Ethernet. This is, the data will be backed up and updated no matter which device you or your family uses and only people you add to the network will have the permission to access the drives. But NAS too comes with its own list of limitations. In this case, the biggest one of them is that you can’t access the data from anywhere you want. The location is pretty much fixed.

Strategy#3: Be prepared for Big Disasters

Many times it happens that your PC suddenly crashes or your OS is corrupted for seemingly no reason. There is always a hidden issue you might not have been aware of, but the end result is that you have to start everything from scratch. The biggest disadvantage of that is that you no longer have data, multimedia, applications and system files to work with. If you don’t want yourself to face a similar situation then you need to make a back up of your back. More than just one would be an even better option. You can bring the USB drives back in the play along with external hard drives. One of the most efficient ways to save and secure data is to trust in online services. To know more about it, read the following.

Strategy#4: Opt for a Cloud Service

There is literally no reason why you shouldn’t opt for cloud backup services in this day and age. You can backup just about any type of data on cloud, not just personal, but professional also. You can access your data from literally any corner of the world and for that you can use any device you want. Cloud services give you the option of getting as much, or less space as you want for your data. Your only issue might be security, but there is a perfect solution for that. CloudBacko is known far and wide as the best cloud backup software as it helps you back up any type of data to unlimited cloud destinations. The software also updates the data regularly, continuously works off screen and allows you to keep any many versions of your files as you want for an infinite amount of time. You can download the free version of CloudBacko called CloudBacko Home and try out this software. To know more about CloudBacko, click here.

Microsoft Azure: Why Should You Choose It?

A company’s infrastructure is hardly ever based on a random selection. That is why for cloud space, most people are turning to Microsoft Azure. Unlike other giants in the industry, Azure had a very slow start, and the reason behind that was that most of its details were sparse and users were left confused as to what makes one option better than the other.

Microsoft Azure offers end-to-end support from the infrastructure to your OS to all your applications. This happens because Azure can work seamlessly with all existing Microsoft applications. This is something that most of Microsoft Azure’s famous competitors can’t offer. Microsoft Azure also happens to be the only cloud provider that is certified for Oracle applications and databases.

If you still need more convincing then you read the following list of key features that will prove that Microsoft Azure is one of the best options to choose.

Media Services

With Microsoft Azure, you can create end to end media workflows with flexible and highly scalable encoding, packaging, and distribution services, and with that you can deliver any type of media, on any type of device, any time you want. Basically this means that you can securely encode, package, store and upload both audio and video content for live streaming and on demand delivery for a wide variety of endpoints which include Mobile Devices, PC and TV.

Active Directory

Azure Active Directory is considered a complete cloud solution for broad identity and access management. Its robust abilities can manage users & groups. The Active Directory even helps you to secure access to various other applications that include online services of Microsoft like Office 365. However, it is not limited to that because Azure Active Directory can help you securely access man non-Microsoft SaaS applications as well, meaning that you can facilitate single sign-on to simplify user access to numerous cloud applications from Android, Windows, Mac and iOS devices.

Mobile Services

The Mobile Services offered by Microsoft Azure are scalable and secure backend that can be applied to power apps on any platform bet it iOS, Android, Windows or even Mac. Azure Mobile Services makes storing app data in the cloud easy. They also authenticate users and send push notifications.

Hybrid Solution

The ability to easily move between on-premises and the public cloud is only provided by Microsoft’s consistent platform approach. Microsoft Azure utilizes the open VHD standard that permits you to seamlessly move your workloads from your datacenter to Azure or even a hosting service provider and back to on-premises, meaning that you basically get the wide choice and the flexibility to handle all your unique business needs and existing technology investments.

On all fronts, Microsoft Azure comes across as a clear winner and something every organization must seriously consider incorporating in its infrastructure if it hasn’t already. Ultimately the only issue is security. Not that Microsoft doesn’t provide ample security already but it doesn’t hurt to be double sure. For that, you can use CloudBacko, the best cloud backup software out in there. Microsoft Azure is one of the many cloud backup services as backup destinations. CloudBacko will help you encrypt all your data before sending it to azure. For more information about this amazing software, visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/