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'Snow' day: CloudBerry Backup works with AWS appliance

CloudBerry Lab's cloud backup service and AWS Snowball now work together to assist in large data transfers, including the initial backup to the cloud.

CloudBerry Lab sees Amazon Web Services' Snowball as a boon to backups for small and medium-sized businesses, and to its own online backup service.

CloudBerry Backup now allows users to configure a backup plan that will upload data to AWS Snowball, which can transfer 50 TB per appliance into and out of AWS.

AWS Snowball, which Amazon launched in 2015, is a physical appliance that lets customers ship large data sets to Amazon's public cloud. They can restore by having the appliance mailed back to them.

The integration allows CloudBerry Backup customers to upload data to a Snowball appliance.

The integration allows CloudBerry Backup customers to upload data to a Snowball appliance. After the appliance is sent back to AWS and the data uploaded to Simple Storage Service, CloudBerry customers will see their data online. They can then do incremental backups to AWS, sending only new and changed data blocks. Customers can still use CloudBerry's interface and user-controlled encryption, and keep its flat pricing model. 

The integration is available with CloudBerry Backup Server Edition version 4.8. CloudBerry Backup Server Edition costs $119.99, which includes a year of maintenance and upgrades. Each additional year of maintenance and upgrades costs 20% of the original price.

"It's a great opportunity to seed the initial backup to the cloud," said Alexander Negrash, director of marketing at CloudBerry.

While cloud backup can provide bandwidth and capacity, the first full backup can cause production problems. But AWS Snowball simplifies the backup and cuts down on costs typical of large data transfers, according to CloudBerry.

The integration only serves to back up data, but it paves the way to back up the whole infrastructure. In upcoming releases, CloudBerry said it plans to increase its AWS Snowball support and will allow backups of applications, such as SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange, through Snowball.

"Internet bandwidth is not a limit anymore," Negrash said.

As more and more companies start to feel safe using cloud services, they'll want to move massive quantities of data, said Steve Putnam, senior cloud services architect and engineer with The PC Wizard, a CloudBerry Lab managed service provider partner.

"They're positioning themselves to handle large quantities of data," Putnam said of CloudBerry. "It's just a steady migration to cloud services."

Putnam said he sees the integration as especially useful for companies that have large amounts of data, but small IT staffs. Using CloudBerry Backup with Snowball will help move "all kinds of things to the cloud."

"It's a gradual evolution," and as capabilities improve, the fear of the cloud diminishes, Putnam said.

CloudBerry participates in beta testing of Amazon products. When AWS announced Snowball late last year, CloudBerry thought it had a "great future," Negrash said, and integrated with the product when it became available.

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