Back up data with Cloud Files
Using Cloud Files to back up your data is a straightforward process. 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.
Prepare to back up
Before you use Cloud files to back up your data, perform the following steps to prepare your data:
- Create a backup plan, identifying critical resources and necessary frequency.
- Collect all the critical resources (backup data) in a secure local location or directory with any needed subdirectories.
- (Optional) Compress the content of the backup directory with security and encryption. This optional step saves storage and bandwidth costs and increases security.
Back up your data
- Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
At the top of the window, click Storage > Files.
- On the Cloud Files page, click Create Container.
- 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 backup files, see Multi-region support in Cloud Files.
(Optional) If you want to create a folder to group your uploaded files, perform the following steps: a. On the Containers page, click Create Folder. b. In the popup dialog box, name the folder and then click Create Folder. c. To add files in the folder, click the folder name to open the folder before completing the following step.
Individually upload the backup data files that you created in step 2 of Prepare to back up to the container, as follows: a. On the Containers page, click Upload Files.
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b. Select the files and then click Open. Your files are uploaded to the container.
- Update your backup records with the current date as the date of the last backup.
- Perform the next backup (that is, upload files to Cloud Files) according to the backup plan that you created.
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