In this article we will review the pros and cons of Amazon S3 Glacier vs Synology C2 to backup data from a NAS directly to the cloud. While the focus is on Synology products, if you use another brand of NAS, the Amazon Glacier backup options may still be of interest to you.
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.
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.
In this post I’ll explain the structure and scheme that I personally use for backup. It’s not the cheapest, not the easiest, and perhaps not the safest method, but after trying several options, I believe this setup provides balance between price, accessibility and data integrity.
The two main objectives here were: 1) eliminate any monthly payments, and 2) combine local redundancy and free cloud storage services. Folks who already have a some knowledge with backup systems will perhaps only need the schema above to understand the setup, but I’ll detail everything after the jump.
Any system has its vulnerabilities. But as we get more and more connected, we sometimes expose ourselves to new threats that did not exist before. Many times on this site (and others) we recommended to backup your photos to a safe location. One of the more popular solutions is the Synology disk station.