This week we are back talking about one of our favorite tools. We have made our Backups even more versatile than before. Most of you asked us about the external destinations for Orion Backups and with that we decided to create them.
The Orion Backup has made it possible for us to hit that magical 99% success rate when it comes to performing backups. Here is all you need to know about our new Orion Backups, but what we did leave out is the ability to backup to external destinations. In the Classic you had the option to perform backups and save them to an external destination of your choice. This was an important part of the flow for many of our users, so we started working on a way to deliver this in Orion.
When we introduced the Orion Backups, with the new incremental Backup System, we only made it possible to backup to our Amazon S3 Storage. Now that is not the case, you can, like in the Classic choose where you want to save your Backup. We have added the same options for Backup destinations in Orion. Now you can save to:
- Amazon S3 (your own one)
- Google Drive
Multiple External Destinations
We didn’t just make external destinations like in the Classic, we added a new feature. Now you are able to connect multiple accounts. You can now upload Backups to different Dropbox or Google Drive accounts, so you can better cater to the needs of your clients. If a client asks for a specific Backup to be uploaded on a different account – it’s no problem for you and best of all it takes seconds to do. Just make sure that when connecting multiple accounts you are logged into the right one.
Connect to Dropbox or Google Drive
When connecting your Backup to an external destination it will ask you to allow access both for Google Drive and Dropbox. At this point you will navigate from ManageWP and will go to the page of the service you selected. Here you can permit access to connect and start uploading your Backup.
Connect to Your Amazon S3 Storage
Now we have made it easy to connect your Backup to your Amazon S3 Storage. You just select the Backup you want to connect and it will ask you to input the following details.
External Destination Backups Cost
Unfortunately, we could not make everything the same as with the Classic. With improvements sometimes there are small setbacks. The cost of an upload to an external destination will be $0.13 per gigabyte. This is a separate charge from your standard Backup price. So, you will pay for your Backup (Daily $2 and Real-Time $6) and on top of this you will be charged for uploading your Backup to an external destination of your choice.
This is for Orion only, in the Classic we do not charge for uploading to an external destination. Also please note charges will be made ONLY when the Orion pricing plan is implemented, until then there will be no additional costs.
We are not profiting.
It’s important to note that we do not profit from charging you per gigabyte. We had to make a difficult choice. We either had the option of increasing the overall price of the Backups, so that everyone paid extra regardless of them using external destinations. This would mean that even clients who did not want to use external destinations would be charged extra. We thought that it would be better if we charged less for our Backup and allow you to store your Backups on our Amazon S3 Storage for free, and then charge additionally for uploading a Backup to an external destination. The charges for uploading to an external destination are coming directly from the services you are uploading to.
In the beta version for external destinations, you will be able to send your Backup once a week to the external destination of your choice. You can pick what day the Backup is uploaded and set it as a weekly task. Below you can see what it looks like to set up your Backup schedule. We are planning after the beta version to make it possible for the uploads to external destinations to be done manually (on demand) or have it set as well once per day. The costs per upload will always remain the same.
Keeping Track Of Your Costs
It’s easy to lose track of how much you are spending per week or per month. It’s also good to always keep track of your expenses, so that you don’t get a shock at the end of the month. What we will introduce is a calculator, that way you can see at a glance how much your uploads to the external destinations are costing you.
Remember keeping your Backup on OUR Amazon S3 Storage will not cause any additional costs, when you pay for your Backup this is included in the price of the Backup.
…. speaking of our Amazon S3 Storage, we have some exciting news.
Amazon S3 EU Storage Now Available
When we finished our new incremental Backups with Orion, we arranged that they be stored on our Amazon S3 Storage, however we only had the US version. This means that all of our Amazon S3 Storage was in the US. Now, we have created an infrastructure allowing you to Backup to Amazon S3 EU. This gives you the choice of your Amazon S3 Storage – you can choose to have all of your websites stored either in the US or EU, or you can mix and match and have some in the US while others in the EU. We wanted to make sure that we follow EU regulations and in turn allow you to do the same by making storing on Amazon S3 EU Storage possible.
Make The Switch
When you turn on a Backup for the first time you will be asked what Amazon S3 Storage you want your backups to be stored on. This will happen every time you turn on a Backup for the first time. For the websites that you already have a Backup on, you can switch to a different Amazon S3 Storage. However, Amazon S3 US Storage is our default. If you decide to make the switch from the US to the EU storage, you just need to contact our support. You will not be able to do this alone, our support will be happy to make the switch for you. Please note that switching to another storage will result in a complete wipe of backups on the original storage.
As a side note, if it makes no difference to you where you store your website (US or EU), we recommend that you store your website on the US storage as it has slightly better performance.
That’s It Folks
That’s all we have in store for you today. We hope you will find the addition of the external destinations for your Backups useful, as well as being able to choose if you want your websites stored on the US or EU Amazon S3 Storage.
- The charge for uploading your Backup to your destination is $0.13 per gigabyte.
- The upload charge is ONLY in Orion not in the Classic.
- We are not profiting from it, the charges are coming directly from the service you are uploading to.
- The charge for the upload to an external destination will not be implemented until the Orion pricing plan.
- Our Amazon S3 Storage (US and EU) is included in the price of your Backup.
- In order to make the switch for Amazon S3 Storage you need to contact our support.