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Jungle Disk's Backup Vault Has Your Business’ Back

By Thomas Garcia
Oct 27, 2016

The Backup Vault is one of Jungle Disk’s most important features. In case you aren’t familiar, Backup Vaults reside on an online disk, which in turn is stored in the cloud. At Jungle Disk, you have an option of storing your data at Rackspace or Amazon Web Services. When a backup job runs on your computer or server, this is where your data is stored.

I would like to take a deeper dive into our encrypted backup offering and how you can benefit from the Backup Vault feature.

What is the Backup Vault for?

Backup Vaults are intended to backup data local to your computer, but it can also backup devices connected to the computer such as a network-attached storage (NAS). The initial backup that Jungle Disk runs to a Backup Vault is a full backup, but every backup after that is incremental. This means that with each subsequent backup, Jungle Disk will only upload changed portions of files or newly added files to the original backup set. After the initial backup job, subsequent jobs will be shorter in time, depending on how much data has changed.

Part of the backup process involves compressing data locally before it is uploaded. Due to the way the data is packaged, compressed and stored, it is only available through the Restore Files section of the software. Compression helps keep your overall Online Disk size down, resulting in lower costs.

The file compression is part of Jungle Disk’s data deduplication process. Data deduplication ensures that multiple copies of a single file aren’t stored; even if you move a file to a new location, Jungle Disk will not re-upload the file (as long as the file is still under “What to Backup” in the software).

When a backup job is running, you’ll see activity in the Jungle Disk Activity Monitor. How does the backup process work? There are two steps - backup search and backup upload.

  1. Backup Search - The backup search scans directories within the backup set looking for new or changed files that need to be uploaded. It is in this process that data deduplication occurs.
  2. Backup Upload - Once the backup search is done, the backup upload occurs. This step is responsible for uploading the data to your storage provider. During the upload process, the speed of the upload is displayed for that particular moment, so the speed may fluctuate over time.

The last piece that is vital for a Backup Vault is the backup database. This plays a vital role not only in the backup process, but also in the restoration of files. The backup database essentially holds the instructions of how each file is broken apart and it’s used to piece files back together when you need to restore. Without these instructions, backups and restorations cannot function.

What should I backup?

We recommend backing up user-created files, which can be anything other than system files (which are recreated if a computer is restored/re-imaged) and program files (which are reinstalled with a reinstall of the program). This not only reduces the amount of errors and troubleshooting, but will also reduce your storage bill .

There are a few files types that need to be backed up a certain way due to the file’s native program locking or modifying these files. If you’re backing up database files such as Microsoft Exchange or SQL, be sure that you export the database to a flat file (not live) and backup this flat file. In addition, when backing up Microsoft Outlook files, the Outlook process will need to be killed prior to the backup. Outlook locks its data files and doesn’t allow the Jungle Disk software to access its files when in use.

Hope this overview helps you get a better understanding of what a Backup Vault is and how its functionality can benefit you and your business. Please reach out to the Jungle Disk team if you have any questions!