– Ben Martens

Cloud Backup

As I mentioned about a year ago, CrashPlan is closing shop for home users and focusing on the small business market. My contract with them is up in a few months so I did some research to pick a new cloud backup provider. I had about 4TB stored on CrashPlan so a key feature for me was unlimited backup size. I settled on Backblaze. They’ve been around for quite a while and have a feature set that meets my needs and a price that doesn’t break the bank.

So now begins the arduous journey of uploading 4TB of data over my Comcast connection. Comcast limits me to 1TB per month with pretty heavy penalties for going over. I normally use 300-400GB/month so it’s going to take quite a while to upload my data again.

Comcast provides a web page to view your usage, but I wanted something a little easier to monitor. My router keeps track of my usage and it’s roughly the same as what Comcast says so I wrote an app that grabs the usage numbers from my router every hour and stores them in a database. Now I can quickly check my usage, predict where I’m going to end up, etc. That gives me the info I need to turn my backup on and off to use up as much of that 1TB as possible without going over.

I’ve got about 1TB uploaded and I’m happy so far. Their software is ridiculously easy to use and they have a phone app for accessing random files on the go. It’s a good final step in the 3-2-1 backup strategy which means that you should keep 3 copies of your data. 2 are stored locally and 1 is stored remotely.