Choosing a Storage Provider with Jungle Disk: Benefits of Google

Did you know that Jungle Disk offers Google Cloud Platform as a storage option? I would like to go over some of the benefits and how you might go about switching your storage provider, setting up new users and creating new online disks.

How can I switch over to Google?

Below are a couple of options.

  1. Leave current data where it is (Rackspace or Amazon), but create any new users/online disks leaving Google as the default storage provider.
  2. Recreate your existing online disks and re-upload the data using Google as the storage provider. You will essentially make a copy of your online disks then delete the ones that exist in Rackspace or Amazon.

Let me expand on each option.

You can create any new users/online disks leaving Google as the default storage provider through our admin control panel or through your Jungle Disk software if you are using our Server Edition for example.

Steps to create a new Google online disk on an as needed basis (screenshot below):

  • Login admin control panel if you use Workgroup or the Jungle Disk software if you are using Server Edition/Desktop.
  • Navigate to the ‘Create a new disk’ location, enter a name, leave the storage provider as Google, and customize the other options to meet your needs.

With this option, you will have data for your account in multiple storage locations. Once the online disk is created and folders are added to a backup job or uploaded to the Network Drive, the data will reside on Google's storage platform.

You can recreate your existing online disks and re-upload the data using Google as the storage provider. You’ll follow the same steps in option 1 to create the new disks first. Next, you’ll export your existing backup job configuration settings from the current disk (or manually set them on the new online disk if that’s easier).

Steps to export your backup job configuration settings (screenshot below):

  • Open Jungle Disk software
  • Click on your current online disk and expand the options
  • Expand your backup vault
  • Click on your backup job name
  • Click Export to a file and save to your Desktop

You should now see the newly created online disk in the software, you’ll click on it and click connect. Now, it’s time to import the settings you just exported to the Google disk which will mirror the current disk.

Steps to import your backup job configuration settings (screenshot below):

  • Open Jungle Disk software
  • Click on your new online disk and expand the options
  • Click on your backup vault
  • Click Import from file > select the file from your Desktop

Your first backup to the new Google disk will run at its scheduled time or you can kick off a manual backup immediately.

You are now free to delete your previous disk or keep it around until the retention of the changed and deleted files expires. Most of the time that is 60-95 days.

What are the benefits of using Google?

During the testing of Google Cloud Platform for the Jungle Disk software v3.30 release, we noticed significantly improved data recovery time versus some tests ran on other platforms. This will substantially improve outcomes for customers in the event of an accident or cyber attack.

In addition, Google Cloud Platform provides the advantage of geo-replicated data protection. This ensures that if there is an outage in a single data center it will not impact daily business operations of your Jungle Disk powered cloud-based file server (aka Network Drive or Online Disk storage).

There is no cost difference for Google in comparison to our other storage locations so we highly recommend looking into the option for your business. If you want to learn more or have questions, please reach out to our support team!

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