Cloud storage backup performance testing with 100,000 files

Okay, I bet most of the users of CloudBacko would like to know the backup speed performance of cloud storage that CloudBacko supports. So, we’ve done a simple test by backing up 100,000 small files to the 6 most popular storage, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3, Dropbox (free), Google Drive (free), Microsoft OneDrive (free).

Here’s the result:

Time used for backing 100000 files with CloudBacko

Microsoft Azure 6 min 58 sec
Google Cloud Storage 7 min 41 sec
Amazon S3 8 min 20 sec
Dropbox (free) 9 min 47 sec
Google Drive (free) 14 min 15 sec
Microsoft OneDrive (free) 47 min 21 sec*

This test result is for reference only. It may vary upon  geographical location, bandwidth available, machine specification, hard drive speed, and other factors. If you want to do the test with the same 100,000 files, you can download the zipped file by clicking here. Unzip it to a local hard drive, and then create an individual backup set for each cloud storage. Run a full backup to each cloud storage to test the speed.

*Due to the limitation of Microsoft OneDrive free account, backup to Microsoft OneDrive took much longer.

Machine used in our test

  • Intel Core i3 540@3.07MHZ
  • Windows 2008 R2 Standard
  • 8 GB RAM
  • C: 70GB SAS drive
  • D: 1.8 TB RAID 0 (7200 RPM SATA II)
  • Internet connection: 100MBit (shared)
  • CloudBacko Pro version used:
  • Backup set created with CloudBacko Pro, and the test files (backup source) are located on D drive
  • Geographical location: Hong Kong

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Tips To Secure Your Data on the Cloud

Tips To Secure Your Data on the Cloud

Cloud storage services are becoming popular with every passing year; the number of individual and business users of cloud storage has increased exponentially over the years. The clouds have replaced flash drives, DVDs, CDs and external drives, as the secondary storage device.

This popularity of cloud storage services has brought many privacy and security concerns to light. Concerns that are being addressed by the industry, this also means that you have to be responsible for your data’s security. Following are some tips that will help you to better secure your data online:

1. Sensitive Data

If it is at all possible, avoid storing extremely sensitive data on the cloud. And if it can’t be helped, take appropriate steps to make sure that your information is secure on the cloud. You can use our backup solution CloudBacko to apply an extra layer of security to your data.

2. Privacy

To learn all about the workings of the cloud storage service, read the user agreement in detail. This will tell you about how the company operates and how they will treat your data. The most important part of this agreement would be the privacy section, this will enlighten you about if and why the company will allow a third party access to your data.

3. Strong Passwords

Your business’s cloud storage account is not like your personal email, so don’t use obvious passwords. Choose a strong, possibly randomly generated password, for your cloud storage account. And make sure you don’t use the same password anywhere else online.

4. Cloud Service with Encryption

When you are searching for cloud storage service, look at the security encryption as the determining factor. Your data is most vulnerable when it is being transferred and stored on the cloud storage. A service that provides with secure endpoints and high-grade encryption should be at the top of your list.

5. Data Encryption

Leaving all the security up to your cloud storage service is not sensible; instead, try using CloudBacko to apply your own 256-bit military grade encryption to your data before it is backed up on the cloud. This will provide an extra security wall for your data and assure the safety of your data in the virtual world.

Taking all these precautions may seem tiresome, but they will keep your data secure on the cloud. Have anything to add to the topic? Please do so by leaving your comments.

Is Cloud Storage a Good Choice for Disaster Recovery?

Is Cloud Storage a Good Choice for Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage may seem like the best solution for your data storage needs, but you have to realize that it does have some shortcomings. If you are relying on your cloud storage service to be your disaster recovery, then we have some questions that you should consider asking your cloud storage service before you backup all your critical data on it.

How secure is the data when it is being transferred to the cloud?

Your data is at its most vulnerable when it is being transferred to and from the cloud, anyone can ‘sneak a peek at your data with minimal effort. Some cloud storage services will offer a secure tunnel for the transfer of the data, for others you can employ CloudBacko. It will encrypt the data and prevent anyone from eavesdropping when the data is being transferred.

What is the authentication process employed by the service?

Usually, the cloud service will offer a two step user authentication process that is considered to be very secure.

Does the company comply with the industry standards and regulations?

There are certain regulations and standards of security and privacy that cloud storage services have to adhere to. These regulations are determined by government organizations, the existence of the compliance certification should assure you that the company operates under the highest of standards.

What is the transfer rate that the service can provide?

The transfer speed that the service allows will help you determine the down time you have to face in the event of a disaster, although, the rate of transfer largely depends on the bandwidth of your internet connection.

What solutions are in place to maintain the integrity of your data?

A quality cloud storage service will have some safeguards in place to keep your data secure from digital errors and deletion. CloudBacko also comes with a built in data integrity checking feature, to give you peace of mind about the reliability of your backed up data.

Once you have gotten satisfactory answers to your questions, you can comfortably rely on the cloud storage service in your disaster recovery plan. Think we left something off that relates to the topic? Please share it with us in the comments section.