CloudBacko Pro running on Thecus W5810 Windows based NAS, works like a charm!

CloudBacko Pro running on Thecus W5810 Windows based NAS, works like a charm

Just tested running CloudBacko Pro on this Windows based Thecus W5810 NAS with satisfactory result. Successfully backed up 20 Office 365 mailboxes (each with 10000 mail items) from the cloud to this NAS.

The good thing for using this NAS with CloudBacko is that you don’t need to spare a machine for running CloudBacko software. And this NAS can take 5 x 12TB HDDs. After RAID-5, you’ll have 50TB usable storage for storing your backup data. Good enough for most small and medium businesses.

Currently the price for 12TB HDD might be a bit expensive, but using 10TB HDD is also a good option. After putting 5 x 10TB HDDs into this NAS, the total cost will be around US$2000 to US$2500. Pretty affordable for such storage size.

When using it with CloudBacko and the needed add-on modules (Exchange, SQL, VMware, Hyper-V, MySQL, Windows System, etc.), you’ll have a robust backup solution for backing up all your data locally, and to the cloud.

With our Office 365 and Cloud File modules, you can also backup the cloud data to this NAS, and to other cloud storages.

Pretty good, right?! Check this NAS out from your local Thecus dealer now! If you’re from Hong Kong or Macau, you can directly contact us for getting this Thecus :-)


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CloudBacko Pro reduces backup costs by 81%

Today, organizations are collecting more business data and building dozens of new applications every month, hence creating pressure on IT departments on backing up data. Besides, business users and customers want better availability, reliability and accessibility of business data. IT organizations need a more advanced backup strategy to support high level of automation and controlling cost. In recent years, many companies have started to move from tape backup solutions to cloud backup solutions.

The top cloud backup benefits over tape include:

  • Lower cost of storage
  • Lower cost of capital investment
  • Provide off-site, geographically redundant storage
  • Ease of management
  • Better reliability

 Tape vs CloudBacko Pro

The advantages of using cloud backup can be demonstrated by a customer case. Assuming a company has 3TB of backup data and following requirements:

  • Backing up of 3TB of data stored in a file server
  • Minimum 7 days of daily backup and 1 weekly full backup copies must be kept
  • A disaster recovery (DR) site is required
  • Secure off-site backup for the weekly full backup, stored at DR site

CloudBacko Pro costs 60% less monthly and saves 99% in new hardware costs.

Capital Required
New Backup Server x 2 $4,300.00
Windows Server OS for Tape Drive x 2 $1,300.00
Tape loader (PowerVault LTO-4-120 Tape Drive) x 2 $8,000.00
Symantec BackupExec software license x 2 $2,324.00
Backup tape x 8 (7 for daily backup + 1 for weekly full backup) $410.00
TOTAL $16,334.00
Recurring Monthly Expenses
IT staff touching/moving tapes $960.00
Hardware server maintenance $115.00
Tape drive maintenance $150.00
TOTAL $1,225.00
Total Monthly Cost $1,225.00
Total Capital $16,334.00


Capital Required
CloudBacko Pro License x 1 $39.00
TOTAL $39.00
Recurring Monthly Expenses
IT staff operating backup system $320.00
Amazon S3 charge for 3TB $171.19
TOTAL $491.19
Total Monthly Cost $491.19 (Save $734 per mth)
Total Capital $39.00 (Save $16K)

 Using CloudBacko saves 81% yearly

When comparing to tape backup storage, cloud service has significant advantage. CloudBacko can save 81% yearly cost. Besides, with the ubitiqious of cloud storage service, storage cost is falling.

CloudBacko can integrate with cloud service provider’s platform, which consists of virtual servers and shared storage. In case of of a disaster, CloudBacko can help restart critical application with just a few minutes to a few hours of data loss but without the cost of dedicated IT infrastructure.

New Tape System CloudBacko Pro
1 year cost $31,034.00 $5,933.28


CloudBacko’s architecture for VMware ESXi backup

CloudBacko Pro is packed with backup features under an easy-to-use interface. CloudBacko Pro supports backup and restore of unlimited virtual machines in VMware ESXi host.

Let’s consider the following scenario. In a host server with ESXi, there are 5 VMs running. One of the VM is running Exchange, another is running SQL Server. We need to back up all the VMs. Which is the best backup infrastructure setup?

Where should I install CloudBacko Pro?

Some users attempt to install CloudBacko Pro on one of the guest VM as a backup VM. All the other VMs are backed up through CloudBackup Pro, which will encrypt and compress the VM images and back up to local or cloud destinations, as shown in the following diagram. While this setup is possible, it is not a good backup strategy. The problem with this set up is that if the server fails, one needs to install on the CloudBacko Pro on a new machine and restore CloudBacko settings before restoring all the VMs. This setup is not recommended.

CloudBacko Pro can be installed on VMware host. But this setup is NOT RECOMMENDED.

CloudBacko Pro can be installed on VMware host. But this setup is NOT RECOMMENDED.

The Recommended Setup

We recommend that CloudBacko to be installed in a standalone staging CloudBacko Backup Server. This server is the core component in the backup and restore network. The staging server acts as intermediary between backup source and destination, controlling encryption, compression and management of backup data. The VM images will be sent to local or cloud destinations from the staging CloudBacko Backup Server.

CloudBacko Backup Server

The Recommended Setup: CloudBacko Pro on a staging Backup Server.

VMware Host Machine Restore

If the host server fails, the CloudBacko Pro Backup Server can use the backup copy to restore all the guest VM to a new machine. The restore process is simple as CloudBacko Pro only needs to redirect the restore destination to a new IP address.

CloudBacko restore

Restoring VM to a new machine

Refer to the blog post How to restore backed up VM to another VMware ESXi host with CloudBacko Pro on how to complete VMware restore in a new machine.


Encryption is a must-have feature for cloud backup

Encryption is a must-have feature for cloud backup

As most IT professionals would agree, hardware is not reliable. All the important information you have stored on the device can be lost. A good back up and disaster recovery plan is an insurance against system blowups.

Cloud backup is on the rise

The popular belief is “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”. While cloud computing has been hip for a few years, it is inevitable for backups to be moved to cloud storage as well. There is remarkable trends in moving data to cloud storage in enterprises.

According to the third Information Week Backup Technologies Survey held by InformationWeek in May 2014,  the percentage still using legacy method of backing up directly to tape has decreased seven points since 2013, to 59% from 66%, while backing up to cloud storage ticked up to 35% from 32%.

Encryption is the key

Cloud storage is easy to come by. It also frees IT staff from administering servers with a minimal cost. While cloud storage provides all kinds of convenience, backing up to cloud storage poses security threats to users.

When data leaves the PC or the internal network on the clear, it is potentially leaked to the general public. It is very important to maintain “zero knowledge” by cloud service provider, by employing client side encryption. Your backup software should first encrypt all your data on your PC and your password never leaves your computer. Even when your cloud storage be compromised, data leaked will not be easily decrypted by third party. Encryption can also protect your important data from cloud operators’ prying eyes.

Data breach can bring companies loss of sales, credibility, reputation or fines. In many countries where data protection laws are enforced, companies should take great care to prevent leakage of customer personally identifiable information. The European Union, for example, requires that “Member States shall provide that the controller must implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, in particular where the processing involves the transmission of data over a network, and against all other unlawful forms of processing.”

CloudBacko encrypts everything

CloudBacko can encrypt everything with a 256-bit truly randomized key, including all the data and filenames. No one, not even NSA, is able to read your data. With our truly randomized encryption, data is simply unbreakable, as a 10.51 Pentaflops supercomputer needs 3.31 x 1056 years to crack such key.

Download CloudBacko trial from here.

How to backup Microsoft Hyper-V to Amazon S3 and local drive

Yeah, we are actively working on video demos for all those who are interested in our product. Here’s another one showing you how you can easily backup your Guest Virtual Machine of Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 to Amazon S3 and local drive with the newly released CloudBacko Pro server backup software. Watch it here:


With only 1 perpetual license, you can backup “Unlimited” guest virtual machines in 1 Hyper-V host. Download our 30-days free trial at: No credit card or other personal info required.