Seeding Data to the Cloud

Seeding data to the cloud is the process of physically shipping a copy of your data to the data centre so it can be uploaded manually. This counters one of the biggest hurdles of backing up to cloud storage; the initial full backup. For a lot of businesses located in Australia and New Zealand; there are some hurdles to overcome:

  • Internet connection speeds
  • Size of the data set
  • Impact of office network speeds
  • Potential of additional costs incurred from ISP

Depending on the speed of the connection and overall size of the data; it could take hours, days or weeks to complete the initial backup. The following table shows how long it would take to transfer 10TB over connections of various speeds with no interruption:

Seeding Data to the Cloud saves a lot of time with the initial full backup.

Based on SpeedTest.net statistics; Australia has an average upload speed of 19 Mbps (as of March 2019).

Obviously – it will take a long time to complete the initial backup. The hidden issue is that any changed or new data wouldn’t be included. This means that it could be over a month before that data is protected.

This is where the method of data seeding becomes useful. The process of data seeding is basically placing a copy of your data onto a hard drive then physically shipping it to the data centre where it can be placed into your cloud storage by the cloud storage provider.

Seeding services provided by various cloud storage providers

The great thing about cloud computing being so saturated with competition; they’re all trying to gain your business by providing as much added value as possible. This means that all the main players in the cloud storage space actually provide some form of seeding service. Below are links to the more popular providers that are integrated with CloudBerry Online Backup.

Microsoft Azure provides the Azure Import/Export Service.

Amazon AWS has the AWS Snowball project. Essentially they’ll ship you a storage device that you copy your data onto; then ship it back to their data centre for them to upload it to your S3 bucket.

Backblaze B2 provides their Fireball product which is a device with 70TB of storage; which can be filled and couriered back to their data centres to populate your Backblaze B2 bucket.

Wasabi Cloud Storage supports a variety of methods to seed data into their storage service.

About Test My Backups

Seeding backup data is a vital part of cloud computing; but it’s not worth the effort if your backup solution isn’t up to standard. This is why CloudBerry Online Backup is perfect for businesses large and small to protect their data in the cloud. Test My Backups is the local distributor for CloudBerry in Australia and New Zealand. Wanting to know more about CloudBerry? Contact our team today and discuss your options or even arrange a live demo.

Have you seeded your backup data to any of these cloud storage providers previously? Or have you used others? What was your overall experience like? Comment below and let us all know!