I have been looking for a proper way to backup my PC for a while. Just a few days ago I finally noticed that AWS Glacier is a very good choice, which didn’t come into my sight since its last mid year launch until now. There exists mature backup clients such as FastGlacier and Cloudberry on Windows and Arq on Mac. My requirements is simple, I don’t want to set up a NAS in my house. I think it is too heavy weight for a normal PC user with only moderate amounts of media files. I wish it could a cloud solution with fair upload and download speeds that I can retrieve them anytime, anywhere I want. It doesn’t have to be real-time, at least 500GB in size and cheap enough.
I tried several solutions before but neither of them can satisfy my need. For near-online solutions that continuous syncing your files, the most notable are Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive, the price is expensive when your volume is beyond 100GB. They are great for your commonly accessed documents but not for backup. In asia, Baidu recently promoting its free 1TB online storage, but it is unusable due to huge traffic of exploitation. Mega doesn’t have officially supported client and it is also expensive when your data volume is around 500GB to 1TB. Asus Webstorage seems OK and has a fair price. However, after a year of trial, I decided to stop using because I don’t like its client software.
There are also cloud backup solutions, they are Crashplan, Backblaze. Their uploading and downloading speed are miserable in Asia-pacific region. Especially Crashplan, I tried it a year and have the same issue as in this article, the uploading is terrible even though the client software is good.
My final decision is to buy a license of Cloudberry and backup to AWS Glacier. FastGlacier is good and it is free for personal use. But after trying for a while, I still chose to pay for Cloudberry. It has all the thing I need: scheduled backup, file hierarchy on the server, and good backup and restore plans. I have been used it for a few days and felt satisfied. It looks it would be my backup solutions for a long while.