QNAP TurboNAS Firmware: 3.5 Deep Dive Part Four: Cloud Backup Services
This is Part Four of our QNAP TurboNAS Deep Dive series and we look at cloud backup services. Read on for details!
In Part One of this series, we told you how to set up the ISCSI target functionality in TurboNAS 3.5. In Part Two, we covered adding users. In Part Three, we covered volume management and SMART data. In Part Four, we’ll cover cloud backup services.
Cloud Backup: Services Available
TurboNAS support establishing cloud backups with two services: Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. Here is how the help file describes the two services:
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an online storage web service offered by AWS (Amazon Web Services), and it provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. With Amazon S3 support, you can now easily upload the data from your NAS to Amazon S3 or download the data from Amazon S3 to your NAS.
Note: Before starting use this service, you will need to create your AWS account.
ElephantDrive is an online storage service for users to back up data to their ElephantDrive account and restore data. The ElephantDrive service on the NAS allows you to create an ElephantDrive account and back up your NAS data to the online storage and restore data to the NAS via ElephantDrive website.
I’ve seen S3 before and it is a great service. Amazon describes their service here:
Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, fast, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.
Amazon S3 is intentionally built with a minimal feature set.
- Write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5 terabytes of data each. The number of objects you can store is unlimited.
- Each object is stored in a bucket and retrieved via a unique, developer-assigned key.
- A bucket can be stored in one of several Regions. You can choose a Region to optimize for latency, minimize costs, or address regulatory requirements. Amazon S3 is currently available in the US Standard, US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and GovCloud (US) Regions. The US Standard Region automatically routes requests to facilities in Northern Virginia or the Pacific Northwest using network maps.
- Objects stored in a Region never leave the Region unless you transfer them out. For example, objects stored in the EU (Ireland) Region never leave the EU.
- Authentication mechanisms are provided to ensure that data is kept secure from unauthorized access. Objects can be made private or public, and rights can be granted to specific users.
- Options for secure data upload/download and encryption of data at rest are provided for additional data protection.
- Uses standards-based REST and SOAP interfaces designed to work with any Internet-development toolkit.
- Built to be flexible so that protocol or functional layers can easily be added. The default download protocol is HTTP. A BitTorrent™ protocol interface is provided to lower costs for high-scale distribution.
- Reliability backed with the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement.
As you can see, Amazon S3 is a pretty decent service. US pricing starts at $0.140/GB/Month for the 1st 1TB of data transferred.
ElephantDrive support was added recently as well. Here is how ElephantDrive describes themselves:
SIMPLE, SAFE AND SECURE ONLINE BACK UPS AND STORAGE
Military grade encryption keeps your files safe and secure
Intelligent software moves your data fast
Access and share your files anytime, anywhere
One program to unify your data
Secure 128-bit SSL transfer Information sent from you to ElephantDrive is protected by the same system that banks and financial institutions use to secure their transactions.
Advanced 256-bit AES encryption Before transfer, your files are encrypted with the preferred algorithm of the U.S. government (approved for “Top Secret” use by the NSA).
Innovative delivery technology Our engineers have designed an advanced, proprietary system for maximizing your available bandwidth while minimizing the effects on your system.
Differential backups ElephantDrive recognizes which files are new or have been modified so that after your first backup completes, all future backups will go much faster.
Universal access With ElephantDrive’s web-based portal you have 24/7 access to all of your files, wherever you are!
Easy and secure file sharing Share any file with a single click (great for files that are too large to email), and set a password for extra security.
Multiple devices and multiple platforms Works with laptops, servers, external storage devices, MACs, PCs, and most server operating systems.
Powerful administrative controls Create independent sub-accounts with different access privileges (Business Plan required), and monitor your account activity and data usage.
Personal plans start at $9.95 per month and QNAP offers a 30 day free trial. Since there is a free trial and since I’ve never looked at ElephantDrive before, I decided to try it out here.