Quick tip: This single setting will dramatically increase your backup to the cloud backup speed

Nov 25, 2017

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Quick tip: This single setting will dramatically increase your backup to the cloud backup speed

Nov 25, 2017

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are a creative going both video and photos and amassing a huge amount of data you may have considered both a dedicated storage and maybe a cloud service.

Personally, I use a Synology 5 bay NAS as a second storage and Backblaze B2 as my cloud provider. The tip here is relevant for all providers of cloud storage though.

When I hooked up to B2, I already had about 2 Terabytes of data that I wanted to back up. Day to day operations should not be an issue, but getting that initial chunk of data up was something that needed consideration. I needed to get that data up there fast.

I hooked up my Synology box to an ultra-fast internet and started the sync. How fast? here is a speed-test screenshot, we were getting 824Mbps upload speeds. This is roughly 100MB bytes per seconds upload. Not too shabby. I plugged my Synology in and waited. I was only getting 2-3 MBps. what’s going on?

It took some time but I figured it out. It had to do with the number of concurrent uploads. The default is 3, which go me to about 2MBps. once set to 7 I got to around 5 and setting it to 20 got to a nice steady 12. This was happening because the Synology uploads files to Backblaze one by one and speed ramps per file. So with three files, the Synology kept starting to upload new files, which takes time to ramp up to speed.

Once I was on 20 concurrent files, there were enough files that were ramped up that the speed was constantly high. Mostly because there were almost always some bug files in the upload group.

This is how you set it up for the Synology, other apps may be different:

1.  open the Synology CloudSync app.

2. Click the settings button

3.  on the concurrent uploads select 20.

You are all set!

Now, mind you that if you are sharing a network with other computers, applying this setting will allocate more bandwidth to your Synology and your network will become slower.

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4 responses to “Quick tip: This single setting will dramatically increase your backup to the cloud backup speed”

  1. Derek Avatar
    Derek

    …just out of curiosity, how much are you paying for those kinds of speeds? I’ve got an unlimited plan that provides 50 download and 10 upload at a cost of almost $100 monthly…

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      I have a WeWork membership, so I just parked the box in the office. Internet there is crazy

      1. ext237 Avatar
        ext237

        That’s the hidden pro-level tip right there. Sign up with WeWork, grab a desk and start uploading.

        1. udi tirosh Avatar
          udi tirosh

          Interestingly, wework subscription is cheaper than getting an internet service at those speeds