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Web server backup: MozyPro vs JungleDisk

Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
1 Mar 2009
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<p><img title="logos" style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; display: inline; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="75" alt="logos" src="http://techstudio-website-alt.azurewebsites.net/Content/blog/uploads/2009/03/logos.gif" width="462" border="0" /> </p> <p>For a while now I have been using online backup for both our online windows web server, office file server and home desktop. I’ve used a range of products from the very cheap <a href="http://www.carbonite.com" target="_blank">Carbonite</a> to the reasonably priced <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> and now the new comer <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a>. </p> <p>In this post Ill compare <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> and <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> when used for backing up a web server. The comparison might be very different for desktop or network backups.</p> <h3>Why use online backup?</h3> <p>Our web server has been using <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">mozypro</a> for about a year now to host our clients web sites, as our hosting company still doesn’t offer their own backup solution.</p> <p>Obviously backup of our databases and files is essential to ensure the safety of our clients data and websites so having a reliable and fast backup solution is essential. However remotely managing a tape backup solution, or paying a 3rd party to do this can be expensive, and getting data from tapes can take forever. </p> <p>This is where internet backup solutions have become a sensible cost effective solution, files are remotely backed up and can be quickly and easily restore remotely with a few clicks.</p> <h3>MozyPro</h3> <p>As I said we are currently using <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> for our online windows web server backups. We backup about 12GB of data, with around 1GB file transfer a day and it costs around $120 USD per year. You basically pay <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">Mozy</a> for the disk space you use, there is no charge for setup or transfer of data.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> installs a windows client which you use to select the files you wanted backed up, when and how to back them up and various other options for encryption and alerts. The features we really use are:</p> <ul> <li><font face="Arial">Scheduling backups to run at non peak traffic times</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Throttling bandwidth during peak times (used if backups are still running during peak times)</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Bit level changes – it only backups the part of the file you have changed</font> </li> </ul> <h4>The Good</h4> <ul> <li>Simple install and setup </li> <li>Simple pricing structure and purchasing, expanding storage is pretty easy too </li> <li>It “feels” like a single solution for backup </li> <li>Can handle backup of sql databases using <dfn title="Volume Snapshop Service - allows taking manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of a file or folder on a specific volume at a specific point in time">VSS</dfn> </li> <li>Nice online admin area for checking backup status, clients, billing and restoring files </li> </ul> <h4>The Bad</h4> <ul> <li>If you have a large collection of files to backup the configuration client takes ages to load and you see this for at least 5 mins: <br /><a href="http://techstudio-website-alt.azurewebsites.net/Content/blog/uploads/2009/03/mozyprohang.jpg"><img title="mozyprohang" style="border-top-width: 0px; display: inline; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="245" alt="mozyprohang" src="http://techstudio-website-alt.azurewebsites.net/Content/blog/uploads/2009/03/mozyprohang-thumb.jpg" width="354" border="0" /></a> <br /><a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> have <a href="http://getsatisfaction.com/mozy/topics/configuring_your_mozy_backup_set_is_really_slow_when_you_have_lots_of_files_it_should_let_you_edit_your" target="_blank">suggested ways to reduce this</a> but I just don’t see why it shouldn’t work out of the box </li> <li>For a European user, like us, the speed of uploads and downloads is not great. Im not aware of <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">Mozy</a> having an European data centres. </li> <li>Backups just sometimes seem to hang and don’t work again without a reboot </li> <li>No support for archiving backups (only available in enterprise which is an entirely different product) </li> <li>Its not badly priced but could be cheaper </li> </ul> <h3>JungleDisk</h3> <p><font face="Trebuchet MS"><a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> have a very different business model to <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a>, and the other online providers. They basically just sell you the backup software ($20 USD) and then you use (and pay separately) Amazons AWS online storage system to actually store your backups.</font></p> <p><font face="Trebuchet MS">At first this seems a bit strange, and a step back from <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a>, but once you look into it more things make a bit more sense. Essentially rather than creating their own storage system and having all the nightmares of supporting it <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> are using the incredibly well designed and supported Amazon AWS system.</font></p> <p><font face="Trebuchet MS">We have been using <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> on our office fileserver for about 3 months.</font></p> <h4>The Good</h4> <ul> <li><font face="Arial">Its cheaper than <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a>, we backup 40GB total (about 1GB transferred per day) for $13 USD per month ($130 per year) so half the price of <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a></font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Its faster to transfer files than <a href="http://www.mozypro.com" target="_blank">MozyPro</a> as Amazon have a European data centre</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">You can use multiple data centres for ultra redundancy</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">The backup client software is quick to load and easy to use</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Supports configurable archive backups allowing you to keep more than one version of a backed up file</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Its never hung once during backup</font> </li> <li><font face="Arial">Also supports backup of SQL with <dfn title="Volume Snapshop Service - allows taking manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of a file or folder on a specific volume at a specific point in time">VSS</dfn></font> </li> </ul> <h3>The Bad</h3> <ul> <li>Its not a “single solution” as it involved 2 companies which may make support more tricky </li> <li>The Amazon AWS pricing structure is really complicated with charges for storage, transfer and querying the data. This can initially be daunting when working out your monthly costs </li> <li>Bit level changes – these are available (in selected data centres) as an extra called <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> plus for $1 per month, would be simpler if just always included but I guess this gives extra flexibility if you don’t need it. </li> <li>Overall its just not a simple a solution, but does give the ultimate in flexibility </li> </ul> <h3>And the winner is….</h3> <p><font face="Trebuchet MS">Obviously this is not a simple competition and there are good reasons for using both solutions and I’d recommend you trying both for yourself before deciding.</font></p> <p><font face="Trebuchet MS">Overall we will probably be moving all our backups to <a href="http://www.jungledisk.com" target="_blank">JungleDisk</a> unless we find a new hosting provider with a better local backup solution. The main reasons are speed of transfers, reliability and value for money.</font></p>
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