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Jungle Disk and Amazon S3 back up data for pennies a Gig

MacmonitorI’ve been literally “on the run” today so this was a planned day off. I too got a look a look at the MacBook Air as the King of Prussia Apple store had one and Barb & I were shopping at the mall. The verdict as it applies to me and my budget? I saved myself $1,800 by looking at it. Many folks will buy one and be understandably happy; I would not, as I don’t believe I’d receive $1,800 worth of benefit by complementing my current device stable with the MBA. That’s just my personal purchase decision; I’m not knocking the device from an objective standpoint as it’s an elegant design and quite an engineering feat.In any case, I thought to share a great an inexpensive backup solution while I’m in between appointments today. Cybernet pointed out Jungle Disk, which uses Amazon’s S3 web service and can be very cost effective. Why? Because with S3, you only pay for what you use. Storage is a lowly $0.15 per GB each month and the transfer costs can be even less per gigabyte. Jungle Disk works directly with Amazon’s S3 service; just drag and drop for mere pennies. You can schedule your backups in the background with Jungle Disk and if you’re a Windows Home Server user, you can pair that with Jungle Disk too.You can try Jungle Disk free for 30 days and if you like it for a backup interface, pay just $20 for the license. I’ve been struggling with Time Machine on my Mac because I hang a USB drive off of my AirPort Extreme. That solution has been a bit flaky and since Jungle Disk has a Mac version, I may give this a try for my data. Jungle Disk also offers a Linux version as well as a portable USB package too. Sounds like they’ve got everyone covered. OK, I’m officially offline again; my son is singing the National Anthem with his class at tonight’s Philadelphia Phantoms game!

16 Responses to “Jungle Disk and Amazon S3 back up data for pennies a Gig”

  1. Check out Transmit! Not only is it the best FTP application that I’ve found, it handles Amazon S3 *perfectly*. I haven’t tried JungleDisk since last year, so maybe it’s better now.. but it seemed to crash all the time for me.

    I also encrypt any personal stuff I put on S3 with Mac GnuPG.

  2. Robert Kawaratani

    Backup by Time Machine to USB disks attached to Airport Extremes is not supported by the current version of OSX (10.5.1) which is a sore point with many Airport Extreme owners. It is supported on the new Time Capsule version of the Airport Extreme. It remains to be seen whether Apple will support Time Machine backup on disk drives attached to the USB port of Airport Extremes as was touted prior to the official release of Leopard.

    I’m currently backing up to a local firewire drive and Mozy (free version). It’s interesting that Mozy is free up to 2 GB and is less expensive than Jungle Disk/S3 over greater than 32 GB of backup. Jungle Disk and other alternatives may offer various advantages in use other than cost compared to Mozy but I haven’t tried working the other alternatives.

  3. I think a hybrid onsite / online backup solution is the best way to go. Our laptops are backed up to a nas disk via our relatively fast Wifi network and the nas in turn makes an automatic online backup of this data during the night via our slow internet connection.

    The problem with online backup on a laptop is that hibernating/standby interrupts the backup process. It is best to do the laptop as quick as possible to prevent errors, hence the local nas drive.

  4. James Torres

    I can encrypt it if I want but the nature of what I have backed up is not confidential. I have been very happy with their service to date. I see the same potential problems of hacking with all “cloud” storage sites. Just a question of balance of risk I guess.

  5. Hi,

    This is cheap. I use online storage for backup, however, and for this purpose I think Mozo is great. $5 per month and unlimited storage and transfers. I have 12GB there now and am in the process of backing up another 30Gb or so. The software that comes with the service works beautifully.

    Vlado

  6. @James Torres: How do you protect your data? Are you feeling comfortable putting your confidential data on a shared oversold server that can be hacked? I know bluehost is a reputable host, but shared hosting is not the best place for online backup for many reasons.
    Also, Jungledisk (Amazon S3 specifically) is pretty cheap (see my comment above) unless you store tons of files or draw high network traffic.
    The best part of JD setup is even though JD goes away, your data are still stored and protected by Amazon. JD even provides GPL S3 data retrieval source code to illustrate how users to access S3 directly in case JD is no longer around.

  7. James Torres

    This is still way too expensive. Try http://www.bluehost.com and get 1.5 terabytes of storage for $6.95 per month. I set up an ftp account and store all my stuff there with backup that supports ftp. Easily accessible from anywhere. Other hosting services do the same thing. Just because it is called a backup service there is no reason to pay so much.

  8. I love Jungledisk. Fast, reliable, and cheap. I looked into other online backup options, and found JD works best for my purpose. I mostly use it for a backup purpose though I may use it like a local drive. I run daily differential backup of my documents folder. I used to use my own host for online backup, but considering JD uses reliable Amazon S3 and the traffic is encrypted and secured, I feel much comfortable. Also the typical monthly cost is less than whopping 20 cents!

    @hgjk: It is always a good idea to keep at least one set of a backup at physically different place. I sync my files across multiple computers via Foldershare, and make a disk image periodically, but still feel the need of online backup. Also JD offers versioning feature so you can go back to previous version of your files if desired.

  9. brobinson

    hgjk – And what happens to that data should something happen to your house? I have two drives in my server that are mirrored, which protects it day to day, but if I don’t back it up off-site and the house burns to the ground, it is gone forever.

  10. i pay a ONE TIME fee of 15-20 cents/GB when buying HDD’s & sticking them in my home server. i also have online access when i remote into my server.

    so whats the point of this? until Google or some other giant comes out with free ad-supported unlimited online storage the masses will continue to be uninterested.