Overcoming the Initial Data Seed Challenge
- Data Sheet: Symform Cloud Storage Network Overview
- White Paper: Best Practices for Backup Disaster Recovery for SMBs
One of the more complicated aspects of cloud storage is the initial seeding of data to the cloud. Many cloud vendors ask you to ship them drives loaded with your data. The upside of this method is that the vendor can do the seeding for you. The downsides are the hassle, the cost, and the incredible security risks. Symform has developed an innovative and cost-effective way to overcome the challenge of data seeding, with an emphasis on data security. Turbo Seeding encrypts and shreds your data as if it were being sent to the Symform cloud, and then allows you to export that data to an external drive, from which you import it onto a device that you are using for contribution to the Symform network. Turbo Seeding is an especially useful feature for IT solution providers who want to manage the initial seed more securely and easily for their customers.
How Turbo Seeding works:
- After running the Symform configuration software and mapping the folders you want to upload to the cloud, run the Turbo Seeding Wizard.
- Select Export.
- Symform automatically shows you a list of folders available for export; select folders you wish to Turbo Seed.
- Select an Export destination, typically an external drive.
- Symform starts encrypting, shredding and moving your data to the destination drive, acting just as it does when it prepares your data for the cloud. A progress shows you how quickly it is exporting. During this process, Symform Cloud Control is informed that these data blocks will appear in the Network at some point, priming the cloud with metadata–information about your files.
- Take the external drive to any contribution device at another physical location and run the wizard again, this time selecting “Import”. During this process, Symform Cloud Control recognizes the fragments and will tell your customer’s device to “skip” the upload of the Turbo Seeded Data, since it already has a copy committed in the “cloud.”
- The data is globally distributed to the Symform Cloud Storage Network over time.
No Bandwidth Throttling or Single Point of Failure:
Other online backup services use one pipe for thousands of customers, which means that you only get a fraction of their available bandwidth. All the data is moving through that pipe to a centralized data center, resulting in a single point of failure and all of the security risks that come with it. What’s more, many traditional providers throttle bandwidth intentionally in order to avoid paying expensive peak bandwidth rates in data centers. There is no bandwidth throttling or single point of failure in Symform’s architecture. Simply point Symform at the files you want to back up, tell Symform how much bandwidth it can use, specify when during the day you want to upload your files, and let Symform zip your data to the cloud.
Symform’s Revolutionary Technology:
- Creates hundreds of parallel upload connections, so throughput is extremely fast
- Never throttles your bandwidth, unless you want it to
- Provides flexibility in how you upload your initial data
- Performs incremental sync to optimize upload and data integrity
- Secures data before it leaves the source device
- De-duplicates data blocks without needing to decrypt them, so that if the block already exists in your account, it will not need to be re-uploaded or stored