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Data Storage Required

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  • Hi all,

    I'm looking for a cloud data storage solution where I can storage backup images from my servers across my network. These are not particularly big backup images, the biggest is probably a couple of hundred gigs. I don't want it to be stored on a locally synched drive as I've not got capacity for extended data storage, so ideally it would need to upload directly to the cloud, so probably via a mapped network drive. 

    I have two questions (and forgive my lack of understanding, but I've been told different things by different people so I'm trying to clear things up):

    1. What is the best solution? Is it an Azure storage blob or OneDrive for Business or something totally different?  

    2. If it is Azure, why with my trial account can I only add App functions, and no option for anything to do with storage functions? And do I need to run the AD connector tool to get it to work?

    Thanks for your help guys,

    Bob

    Friday, September 25, 2015 10:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi Bob,


    One Drive for Business isn't going to be the right place to store server backup images, as the maximum file size is only 2GB. One drive for business is more for storing files (Documents, pictures etc)

    You haven't mentioned what tool you use for performing the backups themselves, but I assume that whatever it is stores it as a single (or potentially multiple) backup file(s)? If you have a server that already hosts these backups, you could use an Azure Backup agent (installed on that server) to back these files up to an Azure recovery vault https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/
    Similarly you could Use Microsoft System Center DPM with Azure backup to backup and manage the servers themselves (this may not be a viable option if you have already invested in a different backup product)

    You could also try using Azure Files fronted by an Azure IaaS VM that presents either a WebDAV url (which can be mounted as a mapped drive on an On-Premises server), or an FTP endpoint (where FTP clients can be used to automate the transfer of the files). Have a look at the following to blog posts by Sandrino Di Mattia for ideas: 

    http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/mounting-your-azure-file-shares-on-premises-through-webdav/

    http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/deploying-a-load-balanced-high-available-ftp-server-with-azure-files/

    Hope this helps.

    Donovan



    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:31 AM

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  • Hi Bob,

    Thanks for posting here.


    As per the details which you have provided in description, I understand that you are basically looking for Cloud storage to save your backup images which range from few MB to hundred GBs.

    For this purpose, you can use both Azure Storage or OneDrive for Business. Let me explain you in simple terms:

    Azure Storage: You will be having full access control and you will be full responsible for upload/download/access to storage operations.  You may use any Cloud storage access tools like Cloudberry, CloudXplore tool and access the Azure storage. Using them you can upload/download your images.

    OneDrive for Business: It is ready-to-use application provided by Microsoft. You can use it for saving your files like documents, images, videos.

    As per your requirement which just to save the images, I would recommend One Drive for business as it will be easy for you to setup and use.

    Hope this helps you.

    Girish Prajwal


    Saturday, September 26, 2015 4:05 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Bob,


    One Drive for Business isn't going to be the right place to store server backup images, as the maximum file size is only 2GB. One drive for business is more for storing files (Documents, pictures etc)

    You haven't mentioned what tool you use for performing the backups themselves, but I assume that whatever it is stores it as a single (or potentially multiple) backup file(s)? If you have a server that already hosts these backups, you could use an Azure Backup agent (installed on that server) to back these files up to an Azure recovery vault https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/
    Similarly you could Use Microsoft System Center DPM with Azure backup to backup and manage the servers themselves (this may not be a viable option if you have already invested in a different backup product)

    You could also try using Azure Files fronted by an Azure IaaS VM that presents either a WebDAV url (which can be mounted as a mapped drive on an On-Premises server), or an FTP endpoint (where FTP clients can be used to automate the transfer of the files). Have a look at the following to blog posts by Sandrino Di Mattia for ideas: 

    http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/mounting-your-azure-file-shares-on-premises-through-webdav/

    http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/deploying-a-load-balanced-high-available-ftp-server-with-azure-files/

    Hope this helps.

    Donovan



    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:31 AM