CrashPlan for Offsite Backup of Drobo Direct-Attached Storage
With social backup your friends' Drobo storage can be a destination for offsite backup
Protecting data is an everyday problem that too many people are not addressing. Using a storage device that protects you from hard drive failure is a great start, but it doesn't provide full protection against a major disaster, such as fire, flood, or theft. Truly dependable data backup means backing up your storage both onsite and offsite. The best practice for any backup is "3 – 2 – 1" for a "belt and suspenders" level of protection:
- 3 copies of any data that you really want to keep
- 2 different devices/media, different devices protecting from device failure
- 1 location specifically offsite protecting from site loss
You may already use your Drobo as a backup device. A second Drobo works very well if your primary data is also on a Drobo. Cloud backup is not always practical for protecting large amounts (terabytes) of data due to the cost of cloud storage and the rate at which you can upload and download data. However, it is possible to use another Drobo you own at an offsite location to store large amounts of data without the recurring costs or storage limits. Then you can use cloud storage to protect really valuable data with an additional copy.
With Drobo and CrashPlan, it is very easy to configure and perform offsite backup. You can back up data to a second direct-attached Drobo at an offsite location. CrashPlan also enables something called “social backup,” where Drobo storage at the site of a friend or family member can be the destination for offsite backups. CrashPlan has several offerings including business and cloud services. This document focuses specifically on the free version of CrashPlan (which doesn't include cloud backup), but can also be used as a general guide for CrashPlan + and CrashPlan Pro.
How-To Guide - Use CrashPlan for Offsite Backup of Drobo Direct-Attached Storage (.PDF)