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AWS S3 Glacier storage class Instead of AWS S3 Glacier Vaults: A Step Forward

AWS S3 Glacier storage class Instead of AWS S3 Glacier Vaults: A Step Forward

AWS S3 Glacier Vaults are no longer supported

With the cessation of Glacier Vaults support, we strongly advise using AWS S3 Glacier as a storage class. Your storage costs remain the same, and you have the advantage of the S3 Glacier improvements. To get an idea of these, read through this post.

Data Management

AWS Glacier was designed for data archiving and long-term data storage. AWS S3 was constructed as scalable and secure object storage with high availability and performance. Therefore, the main difference between them is the data storage approach. In AWS Glacier, data is stored in unique containers called vaults (archives), whereas AWS S3 Glacier stores data as objects in buckets. 

What is the advantage of storing data in objects compared to vaults? The answer is simple: more convenient data management. For example, if you need to check your vault contents, you have to retrieve the data first. This operation can take significant time, up to several hours. When your data is stored in the bucket, you just need to open it in order to view a list of objects. 

Storage Options

Another benefit of AWS S3 storage is the Glacier Deep Archive storage class. S3 Glacier Deep Archive is Amazon S3’s lowest-cost storage class, which supports long-term retention and digital preservation of data that may be accessed once or twice a year. Thus, Deep Archive looks to be an excellent option to optimize your storage costs.

Improved API

According to the official AWS statement, the existing Glacier direct APIs will continue to work just as they do at the moment. However, the S3 APIs provide easier management of your data in the S3 Glacier storage class. 

Conclusion

Having taken into account all the advantages of AWS S3 over AWS Glacier, we have decided to discontinue support for AWS Glacier and recommend migrating your data to AWS S3. Support for Glacier for restoring your data remains active.

To learn more about AWS S3 Glacier and AWS S3 Glacier Deep Archive, refer to this article. You are invited to discuss the subject in the post comment section below.

Support for New Storage Destinations in CloudBerry Explorer

Support for New Storage Destinations in CloudBerry Explorer

MSP360 Explorer for Amazon Web Services S3 and MSP360 Explorer for Google Cloud have been updated to expand support for new storage destinations.

Hence, MSP360 Explorer for Amazon Web Services S3 introduces support for AWS Africa (Cape Town) region, and MSP360 Explorer for Google Cloud comes with the following new destinations:

    • India Mumbai
    • Canada Montreal
    • Netherlands

Download the new MSP360 Explorer versions and enable the new regions in order to make your backup routines more convenient.

 

MSP360 Backup 3.0 for macOS & Linux

MSP360 Backup 3.0 for macOS & Linux

A new version of MSP360 Backup for Linux and macOS has just come off the slipway. The new release features a number of improvements over MSP360 Backup 2.9 for Linux and macOS. 

The new features are based on our customers’ requests and appear as a result of the teamwork between customers and developers.

New feature list:

  • SFTP protocol support
  • Compression and encryption improvements
  • File search in backup storage
  • UI/UX minor improvements.

Download MSP360 Backup for macOS and Linux 3.0 and do not hesitate to share your feedback in comments.

Consumer Storage Support Is Going To Be Discontinued

Consumer Storage Support Is Going To Be Discontinued

The storage provider choice is among the main principles of a backup strategy.

Our goal is to provide customers with an efficient backup solution. Basing on this, we decided to discontinue the support of consumer-grade cloud storage in our products. The list of discontinued storage providers is as follows:

    • Google Drive
    • Amazon Drive
    • OneDrive

The key causes that served as a reason for this decision:

    1. Technical limitations;
    2. Service and data availability are not guaranteed;
    3. Low security;

We recommend industry-leading cloud storage which comes with a number of benefits such as pay-as-you-go pricing, security management, and many more.

To learn more, refer to this article.

Real-Time Backup Functionality is at Your Service

Real-Time Backup Functionality is at Your Service

MSP360 Backup's new real-time backup feature, called Near Continuous Data Protection (Near CDP), has been released! We warmly thank everyone who took the survey and shared their feedback with us to help create this feature. 

Over the past few months, we have carefully studied our customers' use cases and started a work scope to improve the real-time backup feature. Now, the fruits of that work are ready to use.

Previously, using the Real-Time Backup feature was not recommended, but times have changed. The following issues have been worked out and solved:

  • Shared folders
  • NAS storage
  • Microsoft Office files.

The updated functionality has already been released within the latest version of MSP360 Backup for Windows. To learn more about the changes, read this blog post.