Upload Directly to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier with PowerShell

Upload Directly to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier with PowerShell

Last year I wrote about how to upload data to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier, and included a PowerShell script to do so. It's something I use regularly, as I have hundreds of gigabytes of photos and videos safely (and cheaply!) stored in Azure Blob Storage using Archive Tier. Things Just Got Easier! Microsoft recently announced some enhancements to Azure Archive storage, one of which is the ability to upload directly to the access tier of your choice. Previously, you could only upload objects to your account's default tier (hot or cool), and then had to change each object to…
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Archiving Data with Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier and PowerShell

Archiving Data with Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier and PowerShell

As a former DBA, it should be no surprise that I am a big fan of keeping data safe, and not just corporate data - this extends to my personal data as well. Early on I realized that the cloud was a great way to protect all my photos, videos, and other digital keepsakes that I absolutely could not stand to lose. As cloud offerings matured, products specific to archival were introduced that allowed for long-term storage at very low price points. The tradeoff for this lower storage cost is that should you need to retrieve the data, it is…
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Another Case for Offsite Backups

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I've written quite a few posts about the wonders of cloud backups and why you should be doing them to protect your precious data and memories. This doesn't just apply to personal computer use - businesses should be taking advantage of offsite backups as well. Large businesses typically have this under control, but I've found that small businesses (especially those without an IT staff) tend to be the most vulnerable. Owners of many small businesses know just enough technology to do what they need, and rarely have the time or desire…
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New Pricing for Mozy

A while back I did a few posts covering my favorite cloud backup solutions, and one of my favorites was Mozy. That very well may change now that Mozy has announced they are changing their pricing structure. They claim that "the backup market has changed" since 2006 due to people taking more photos and videos than ever before, and even though the majority of their users back up 50GB or less, the few that greatly exceed that number are ruining it for everyone. Gone are Mozy's days of backing up unlimited data for a flat rate. Instead of $4.95 per…
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Review: Picasa Web Albums

This is the fourth post in my series on cloud backup solutions.  Previous posts were: Disaster Recovery Strategies for the Home A review of MozyHome Remote Backup A review of Jungle Disk Today's topic is Google's Picasa Web Albums, henceforth known as PWA.  Unlike the other solutions I've covered, PWA is not explicitly intended to be a backup solution.  It's designed as a platform for sharing your photos and videos with others, however it also does an excellent job of storing them in the cloud and letting you retrieve them with ease.  I've been using it as a form of…
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