ExEasy NetCDP, a consumer online continuous backup solution for S3

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ExEasy NetCDP is an extremely easy to use continuous data/document backup application for Windows users. NetCDP automatically and continuously backup your selected folders to Amazon's S3.

Details

Company: ExEasy NetCDP LLC
Inquiry e-mail address: alex@netcdp.com
Amazon Web Services Used: Amazon S3
Solution URL: http://www.netcdp.com
Audience: Consumers
Pricing: Both Free and for-fee tiers available
How does this application use Amazon Web Services?: NetCDP uses S3 as backend storage and virtualize the backed up files to local PC
Created On: August 17, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
Last Updated: August 17, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
Key features:

* Continuous data protection, any changes you make are backed up right way. Extremely Easy to use, No extra GUI to learn. you know how to use Windows, you know how to use NetCDP. Set it up and forget about it!
* File de-duplication, files with same content are backed up only once to save storage space.
* Secured data transfer with HTTPs.
* End to end data integrity check to make sure your files are not corrupted.
* Unlimited and configurable file versions.
* Easy restore, as easy as drag/drop, copy/paste or one click restore.
* Media free, no devices or wires. Access your protected files anywhere anytime.
* Unlimited storage with S3, pay as you use.
* Affordable and reliable, you can protect your important documents for as little as less than $1/month.
* You can use NetCDP for free completely with limited features. No license key is required. See FAQs for details.

System Requirements:

* Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003/2008 with NTFS file system.
* Amazon S3 account or NAS account.

Comments

A few things lacking.
The status is pretty limited - it would be good if it showed the transfer rates, expected time remaining, amount stored on S3, etc. Also, when I uninstalled, there was no option to delete all the data on S3 (I'm running on S 7, and there was an error during uninstall), so I don't know if that's the expected behavior. In any case, I ended up downloading S Explorer for S3 to delete the data. The whole notion of having to enter S3 keys means grandma's probably not setting this up for herself. And, it wasn't obvious what would happen if I used the same keys on two different computers with the same "Pictures" folder path. Would they collide? Who know? In all, a useful tool for a high-tech users, but lacking some fit-and-finish.
sammy123321 on August 28, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
Consumer promotion?
It looks like that Amazon's solution market promotion is limited to AWS developer community? Is there any Amazon program to help to promote AWS solutions to consumers? Amazon is one of the best consumer brand names and it should be able to do it easily. This will not only help the solutions but also help Amazon's business. The AWS account registration process is too complicated for regular users. It is very developer oriented. Amazon should consider simplify the registration process (access key, secret key stuff) to make it more consumer friendly. Amazon should have promotion programs to promote AWS solutions to consumers, not just to AWS developer community. A solution like NetCDP is designed for regular PC users and should be able to help Amazon greatly to extend AWS service to consumer market.
alexw168 on August 24, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
Easiest S3 sync app yet!
I haven't seen an easier to use S3 backup/sync app than this - and I have tested quite a few. After entering your Amazon S3 credentials, all you have to do is select the "protected" (backup) folders, and you're done. Nice granularity with a built-in option to exclude files by file extension. This isn't a traditional backup program with scheduling. Instead, it's a near real-time 1-way synchronization application. When you change a file in a "protected" folder, the change is quickly uploaded to your NetCDP bucket. I think that an app such as this should also offer encryption and compression - hopefully they will be added in the future. Thanks.
cram7 on August 21, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
The Best S3 App for everyone's use
I have been testing/using this for 2 days now. It is definitely a great piece everyone can use. It has been running smoothly and continuously backup my selected directories. This is absolutely the best S3 application I have ever tried and I think I will keep using. I especially like the integration with Windows explorer and I can do almost everything with Explorer. My backed files on S3 are just like my local files except that I cannot copy files into the backed directories. I kind of disagree with the previous review on the "scheduling" part, I understand that most backup applications are schedule based. But I think the schedule-less is what makes it so good. A few things I would like to see: 1. NetCDP allows users to exclude file by type (suffix) from options page. I would like to have a feature to right click on an individual file to ignore it, something like SVN "ignore" feature. 2. I would like to have a statistics page to list the top largest backed up files, in case there are large files I want to exclude. I don't want to leave large unwanted file to be in S3 to waste my money. 3. NetCDP allows user to switch between S3 and a NAS server. But it they don't work at the same time. I tried with my Linux box with a SAMBA share and it works perfectly. But it would be nice if S3 and NAS can work at the same time. I would like to have a remote copy of my important documents on S3, but I prefer to have the large files such as my audio, video files to be backed up to a NAS server. 4. A delete function would be nice, but I understand it may not be appropriate to have a "delete" function for a backup application. Over all, this is a great piece of work for everybody not just the developers. The other thing I want to mention is that it only works on Windows, which is understandable. I guess the incremental backup is based on NTFS journal and open file backup is based on shadow copy. Thanks for the great work!
You Wang on August 19, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
An EMPOWERING tool!
Finally a tool that will serve the needs of millions based on its ease of use at and low cost of ownership. The cloud is changing the future of computing and this tool is a prime example of that. It has the ability to serve not only enterprise applications but also the small business sector and even your mother's favorite digital pictures. With my extensive background in infrastructure I am proud to see a tool that will help keep data protected offsite for all, not just a practice for large enterprises. However, there is a lot of room for improvement that will make this application truly world class. It would be nice to see a file replication service module to schedule backups to S3 automatically or to retrieve data back into the network during off hours. Ultimately, there seems to be great potential for this application and many of which I intend to employ. Please try it, I hope you have great success from it. Mike Truong http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebtruong
avidaws on August 19, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
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