Back up Gmail/Facebook/Flickr

Gmail’s outage today made me think about something I’ve had in the back of my brain for a while.  While I’m a big fan of the cloud (as long as it makes sense for you), one of the things we say is that you can outsource the management of your data, but not the responsibility for it.  I’ve also written that for personal data, I do not believe in using a free (or incredibly cheap) cloud service provider to store your only copy of data. For example, I don’t believe that the only copy of your pictures should be on Flickr.

But now there’s a way to have two copies of data in the cloud: cloud backups for cloud storage. and will back up various parts of your online life for a reasonable fee. has a free plan that will back up 2 GB of online data from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and more.  The Pro account includes support for Google Apps and handles up to 20 GB of online data from 25 online accounts for $4.99/month.  Finally, they have the Pro 500 account that handles an unlimited number of accounts with an unlimited amount of storage for $19.95/mth. has a free 1 GB account and a basic account that cost $19.95/year for up to 1 GB of online data.  Additional storage is $2.95/GB/yr.  It is unclear if someone who wanted to back up all of those things would need four accounts or one account.

I have not used either of these (yet), but I’m surely thinking about it.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.

10 thoughts on “Back up Gmail/Facebook/Flickr

  1. femi says:

    Cloud svcs like Amazon S3, Nirvanix, RackSpace are not backups. Who/how do you backup your Cloud svcs?

  2. cpjlboss says:

    They are not backups, per se, any more than a tape is a backup. It is a place to put a backup. S3/Nirvanix/Rackspace are places to put backups, and I’m totally OK with that.

    What I _think_ you’re asking is what about data that I _only_ have on these locations? I think that’s a pretty good topic for a future blog post. Here’s a quick summary:

    1. Under most circumstances, you are trusting their ability to store and replicate your data.

    2. Most of them do NOT have versioning capabilities, so you need to provide that.

    3. If you use a gateway appliance that does snapshots AND stores a local copy, then you have both history AND two copies, one of which is not on them.

    4. Some are also talking about allowing you to mirror data between two different service providers.

  3. femi says:

    I know you have a few TB’s of Data.
    Are they backed up to the cloud (I think you use Mozy) or just on your Drobo?

  4. cpjlboss says:


    I don’t think that’s a very fair comparison. A relatively small startup with some growing pains compared to a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate?

    It’s also like picking on a website when they crash due to the slashdot effect.

  5. Jackson says:

    I have 200 users .Backupify charges me $3/user/month which results in the $600/month 😐 . When the same software with additional features and value is available in the Google Marketplace for just $500 one time payment.Tested for quite few days and its just awesome.Gonna grab it. No more fool to empty ma wallet !! 😛

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