Cloud storage solution, the way I backup

Since I started shooting pictures in RAW format the amount of free storage on my iMac and server is shrinkink very fast. I have been looking for a way to safely backup my pictures (and documents) which doesn’t cost too much time. I already have a server with Raid1 storage (500Gb) but of course this is a worthless solution in case of fire.

One of my requirements is that I don’t want to keep local files, only if necessary. Most of the cloud solutions only provide backup solutions, so in other words you need to keep your local file otherwise your backup will be gone after 30 days.

Cloud storage
Since I wasn’t able to find a product which offers me both cloudstorage and an easy way to backup/move files I split my solution into 2 products.

Choosing cloud storage was easy, as a Google fan I bought 200Gb of storage ($50 p.y). More info on Google storage can be found here: Google Storage. Keep in mind that if you’re only looking for a backup solution (so keeping your local files) you will be better of with a combined package of software and storage. Storage will be more cheap on monthly basis and you will not have a data limit. (in most cases)

Cloud service software
Finding a piece of software was harder to find. I came across a piece of software which provides an easy way to copy, move or keep files in sync with my Google cloud storage, ‘Gladinet‘.

First I used the free version but I switched to the paid version (40$) after 1 day. With Gladinet you are able to create a drive mapping to your Google storage (docs/picasa) and you can easily drag and drop local files to your cloud storage. You can also create scheduled backups with the Gladinet software which will keep your Cloud storage files in sync with your local files. The Gladinet software runs on my Server 2008 system which runs 24×7. In case I need to restore a file I can easily do this via the Gladinet software or browse to the file via a webrowser.

With the described solution I’m able to backup, move and keep files in sync with my Google cloud storage. It’s also very easy to see docs and pics anywhere on the internet and share them with family or friends all done via Google Docs or Picasa. One problem, but this has to do with my internet connection, uploading takes forever with a 1Mbit/s line…