Backup strategy visualized

Backblaze, Dropbox, Google drive etc.There are many online backup services available these days, they range in price, bandwith, client availability and more but they all aim to ensure one thing, “don’t have all your eggs in one basket”. Basically making sure that if your home stumbles into an acid lake and freezes over, you can still get to your files from another device. Σ(゚д゚;) I had backblaze in my sights for a long time, but eventually got in on the beta for Bitcasa. They have unlimited storage and bandwidth and so far I am very happy with it.
I recently did a diagram of my home setup (without my laptop and IOS devices) to keep track of what I had setup and to visualize it, and it helps me remember it. (And besides it was fun fiddling with the “drawings” app in google docs.) As very few online storage services are made to run on NAS servers (and the once that do exist, cost an “arm and a leg”) I decided to mount the NAS drive that I was using for backup on my mac mini server, and it would then run the storage backup client. Have a look at the before mentioned diagram below.

This solution gives me blazing speed on the thunderbolt connected 4 disk raid0 array and with 1000mb network connection to my NAS on my home-network for the aperture vault backup makes updating the aperture vault fast. The mac mini then handles the actual upload to get my backup off location while not straining my main workstation or having to keep it on all the time. ☺

Aperature Expert wrote a good article on why and how backblaze is integrated in his workflow as a pro photographer : http://www.apertureexpert.com/tips/2012/5/5/cloud-backup-backblaze-in-the-real-world.html 

Bitcasa: http://www.bitcasa.com Slink: http://slinkware.com Plex: http://www.plexapp.com

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