If you live in the cloud like many of us then one of your greatest fear is probably the fear of loosing it all! Just imagine how much data we feed into the cloud everyday — Twitter updates, Facebook Updates, Pictures, Emails, blog and so on. So basically we are trusting many different services and putting all our efforts in their hands assuming that they are going to keep all our data safe forever. But remember, disaster may happen in the cloud as well. For instance, one day you might just login to Gmail account and see that those 999 emails you had before is gone or all the pictures you uploaded on flickr in the last 5 years is just not there any more. What would you do?
Most of the cloud services that we use today are FREE, thus the companies that provide these services offers very limited or no technical support to an ordinary user like you and me! So recovering your data or even getting them to look into your issue may take weeks if not months! So definitely you will need a failsafe so that in case anything happens you will still have your data for restoration or even just for your access.
Backupify has created a very interesting product that lets you backup your personal clouds. No matter where you are and what online services you use, backupify probably has it covered. It currently supports over 15+ online services including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, WordPress, Friendfeed, Flickr, Delicious, Zoho, Google Docs and many more. It is also in the process of including Youtube, Tumbler, Xmarks very soon.
How Does Backupify Work?
Backupify is very simple to use. You sign up as a FREE user (Only until 31st January 2010), and you will get unlimited storage to backup all your data that you have on the cloud. After signing up you will be given the option to add the services that you would like backupify to backup for you Daily / Weekly. You will just need to set this thing up once and this service will keep on backing up your data forever! Did I just say forever? Yes thats right folkes! If you sign up before 31st January 2010, your backupify account will remain FREE for life! However, those of you who join after 31st January 2010 will have to pay a yearly fee.
How to Get a Free Backupify Account?
To Register, simply go to: http://www.backupify.com and fill up a small registration form. Make sure that you sign up before 31st January to have a free life-time account.
Some Features of Backupify
- Backup your data from various web services including Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, Zoho, Google Docs, Photobucket, WordPress etc.
- You can automatically tell Backupify to backup your data either daily or weekly
- Your data is 100% safe. Backupify uses Amazon S3 for their storage which has been an industry standard for many years now.
- You will receive email notification every time a backup is performed. You can also check the backup history from your Account control panel
- Signup before 31st January 2010 and get a FREE account for life!
Interview with the Backupify Co-Founder Rob May
I managed to do a small email interview with the Co-Founder/President of Backupify, Rob May. Most of the basic Q&A about backupify are already on their FAQ Section. However here are some interesting ones that Rob answered for me:
Me: How much would you be charging users after 31st January 2010?
Rob: $49/year for unlimited usage per user.
Me: For backup of services like Facebook & Twitter, what exact data do you back up? (e.g. Status updates, Friends List)? How can a user restore these data back when a disaster happens?
Rob: Twitter backup includes friends, followers, updates, DMs, favorites. Facebook backup includes status updates, wall posts, photos, notes, links. Neither can be directly restored because we can’t time stamp data when we push it back to the service, we can only post it at the present moment, so if we re-tweet all of your tweets they wouldn’t have the right time and date.
Me: For wordpress backup, do you take a backup of the whole word press database? During a failure, can a user just get the .sql file from backupify for restoration? Do you also backup the wordpress files & uploads?
Rob: Yes, we back up the whole db and file structure. A user should be able to upload the sql to the database and ftp the files back to the server and have the whole thing back and working.
Me: What is the future plan of Backupify? Any chance of you working closely with the service providers so that they can provide you a better way of backing/restoring?
Rob: Yes, we are working on an API that other services can use to integrate with us. We are also integrating more storage options other than Amazon S3.
Thanks a lot Rob for your time! I wish Backupify all the best! It is indeed a great product and I’m already loving it. So if you still haven’t signed up yet and don’t want to pay the $49/year, here is your chance! Register before 31st January 2010 and you will get a free account for life!
Visit the Backupify Homepage today for more info.