Friday, June 3, 2011

Backupify

Backupify is a service that allows you to backup the data in many online services.  A couple of months ago, I tried the 30 day free trial for the service, but I decided not to continue after the free trial.  I figured that I didn't need to backup my data, as the various services back up the data.

About a month later, my wife mentioned that she was missing some contacts from her address book.  This is the perfect situation that Backupify solves.  If I had set up Backupify for our domain, we would have been able to restore the contacts from the backup.

Once I upgraded my account, I was easily able to add my wife's account, and have it backed up. I had more trouble with my account through.  Since there was a period between when I used the free trial, and when I upgraded the account, the authorizatiokn tokens had expired or had been revoked.  Unfortunately, there isn't a way to manually reauthorize access for Backupify.  Working with Backupify's support, I was able to get things working.

There are several things that I would like to see added to Backupify's service:

  1. Ability to backup WordPress blogs

  2. For the Backupify Pro plans, it would be good to have the option to allow the other Google Apps users to backup their Social Media services

  3. When restoring data, it would be nice to be able to search through the archives to find he particular entry that you are looking to restore.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Paul, thanks so much for covering us on your blog! Would you mind if we reposted parts of your article on our blog? This is a great use case.

    I want to also take a moment to answer your feedback suggestions:

    1. We previously did support Wordpress but the plug-in wasn't at a level we wanted it to be due to conflicts in other plug-ins people had on their blog. We are currently talking with developers from Wordpress to fix these conflicts and re-implement the plug-in. No ETA on this, however, as we are very Google Apps backup focused at the time.

    2. There is an option to backup social media services along with your Google Apps. Simply log into Backupify and under services you can add your social media accounts for either your business or personal accounts, or both. If you have questions about how to do this, you can email support@backupify.com.

    3. We do have a search function in the process of being tested. It's already developed so you can expect to see it come out in the next few weeks. Search will allow you to find anything from a topic to a date to a contact, etc. and restore that particular item.

    Thanks again for your great feedback!

    Kristin | Backupify

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  2. Thank you for your comment.

    The primary Backupify account is able to backup data from social media accounts, but there isn't an option to allow additional Google Apps accounts to backup this data.

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  3. Paul, yes this is correct. Backupify admins are the only ones that can add services as they are the ones that have the credentials to add a company's Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook, etc. So, if you are the admin of your Google Apps account and the social media accounts for the company, you have the log in credentials to authorize the backups for these accounts. However, users under your domain cannot add their accounts.

    If your other users want to backup their Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc. accounts, they can do so with our free plan of 2GB

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  4. Unfortunately, these users are not able to create Backupify free plan accounts, as the email address is taken by the Google Apps account.

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  5. Paul - yes at the time there is no way for your users to go in and add their own social media accounts. They will have to create a separate account for their personal accounts using a different email address to do this. One trick if some don't have another email address is you can add a '+' sign in the email address and systems recognize that as a different email yet all notifcations will be sent to the original account. For example, I could create an account under kristin+paulstimesink@backupify.com and it will go through and all correspondences will go to kristin@backupify.com. Does that help?

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