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General Software Discussion / Re: Cloud Backup Simplicity
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:28 AM »
I want to add my points here...

First, regarding supporting the mapped drives in backup applications...

Many backup applications are running as a Windows service. So, they will run even the user logs out to the system and also they will start automatically with the system starts up. But, the Windows services runs in a separate logon session and the loged in Windows's users profile data (which is used for finding mapped drive details) are not available for the Windows service processes. Because of this reason, mapped drives are not directly supported by backup application, unless they are running in logged in user's logon session, i.e., running as Windows application.

However, some of the backup applications, such as Vembu StoreGrid supports the users to configure their own mapped network drives (need not to have the same mapped network drive in the system) to configure backup from/to it.

Regarding the backup directly to the cloud storage...

Now a days, many of the cloud storage provides utility to map/mount their storage as a local drive in their system. However, those drives acts differently than the physical disk drives. Some of the features are still not supported in those mounted cloud storage drives. For example, renaming a file/folder is not supported. So, if an application internally performs rename operation, then it will get error when accessing the files/folders in the mounted loud storage drives.

Instead, you can directly upload the data to the cloud storage using their APIs. For example, Vembu provides cloud storage based online backup solution which uses Amazon S3 storage to user data. It has unlimited local backup support. You can access the data anywhere in the globe, which is a virtue of the online backup solution.

Regards,
Aravind

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