Configuring Backups To The Cloud
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CTERA Agent provides cloud backup, in which your files are automatically backed up to the cloud and stored remotely. Cloud backup offers:

Security – In addition to using AES encrypted TLS (Transport Level Security) connections, the same security mechanism used by banks, all of your data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption to ensure that your data is protected against eavesdroppers. For even stronger security, you can use a secret passphrase. If you use a secret passphrase, your data will not be readable by anyone or any entity (including administrators) without knowledge of your secret passphrase.

Versioning – Cloud backup preserves multiple versions of your data, enabling you to restore the version of your choice.

Restore Options – When using traditional backup, you must have access to the backup medium, in order to restore your data. In contrast, cloud backup offers multiple restore options, including restoring your data from anywhere by downloading it from the cloud backup site.

Note: Files on removable media, such as a USB drive, cannot be backed up using the CTERA Agent.

The first time cloud backup runs, CTERA Agent performs a full cloud backup for the selected folders. Depending on the size of your data set, this might take a long time. Subsequent backups are performed incrementally and normally take much less time than the initial backup. Only data that has actually changed is uploaded.

CTERA uses data compression and data deduplication techniques to ensure that the backup happens as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In addition to backing up your files, when cloud backup runs, the configuration of your CTERA Agent is automatically backed up to the portal, from where it can be easily downloaded and used to restore your configuration settings, as needed.

Backed up files are kept according to the retention policy defined on the portal. For details refer to the CTERA Portal Team Administrator Guide.


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