How can I use Cloud Files for data backup?


Using Cloud Files as a backup tool is straightforward. Use the steps in this article to set up your own data backup to your Cloud Files service.

Note: If you would like for us to provide Cloud Backup as a service, see http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/backup for information.

  1. Plan your backup schedule, identifying critical resources and necessary frequency.
  2. Collect all the critical resources (backup data) in a secure local location or directory with any needed sub directories.
  3. (Optional) Compress the content of the backup directory with security and encryption.
    This optional step will save storage and bandwidth costs and increase security.
  4. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  5. At the top of the panel, click Storage and then select Files from the menu.
  6. On the Cloud Files page, click Create Container.
  7. In the popup dialog box, name the new container, select the region and type, and then click Create Container.
    For more information about selecting a region for your Cloud Files, see Multi-region support in Cloud Files.
  8. (Optional.) If you prefer to create a folder to group your uploaded files, perform the following steps:
    1. Click Create Folder.
    2. In the popup dialog box, name the folder and then click Create Folder.
    3. To add files in the folder, click the folder name to open the folder before completing the following step.
  9. Individually upload the backup data files that you created in step 2 to the container.
    1. Click Upload Files.
    2. Click Open.
  10. Update your backup records with the current date as the date of the last backup.


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