CloudBerry Dabs Wasabi on its Cloud Backup Portfolio

Cloud storage provider Wasabi and data protection specialist CloudBerry Lab have partnered to deliver high-performance cloud backup services to small and midsized businesses (SMBs) at a fraction of what it costs to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage.

Going forward, customers of CloudBerry’s backup products can pick Wasabi as a storage target. Founded by David Friend and Jeff Flowers, formerly of Carbonite, Wasabi costs $0.0039 per gigabyte (GB) per month with a 1TB minimum. While completely compatible with AWS — a strategy that helps customers avoid vendor lock-in — the Wasabi platform is six times faster than Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service at a fifth of the cost, the company claims.

“Our hot storage is faster than S3 and less expensive than Glacier,” Amazon’s long-term cloud data archiving solution, said Wasabi cofounder and CEO David Friend in a statement. For comparison’s sake, Amazon Glacier storage costs can dip to as little as $0.004 per GB per month, depending on the region selected, with data retrieval prices ranging from $0.0025 per GB to three cents per GB depending on how quickly users want their data back.

“We’ve also done away with complex pricing schemes and confusing storage tiers,” Friend added. “At Wasabi, we believe in keeping storage simple.”

On Wasabi, CloudBerry backups can also be stored in immutable buckets. As the term suggests, data written to these buckets cannot be changed or erased, protecting customers from accidental deletions, bugs in software and malware.

The new Wasabi-CloudBerry integration follows last month’s release of CloudBerry Backup 5.6.

The updated cloud backup solution now provides data encryption and compression on both Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Drive. Additionally, backups can now be chained in CloudBerry Backup 5.6, allowing customers to better manage and schedule their backup jobs. It also supports block-level backups for Backblaze B2 and Minio, a distributed object storage server.

Wasabi and CloudBerry aren’t the only companies making moves in the cloud backup space.

Late last month, Acronis announced a new version of its eponymous data protection offering. In addition to robust cloud support, Acronis Backup 12.5 adds a layer of security that keeps ransomware at bay.

It features automated backup with Active Protection, the company’s ransomware-blocking technology. The technology not only detects and blocks WannaCry and other types of ransomware, it can automatically restore data that is compromised by this insidious type of malware. Additionally, Acronis Backup 12.5 customers can now use the software’s new blockchain-based capabilities to verify the integrity of their backups before they are restored.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Enterprise Storage Forum. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to Datamation, eWEEK, and the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro.

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