IMAP Backup and Archiver

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IMAP Backup & Archiver is an independent, provider neutral off site backup platform which uses the standard secure IMAP Protocol to backup and archive email accounts on any server that supports the IMAP protocol.


Company: Simplicato, Inc.
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Amazon Web Services Used: Amazon S3
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Audience: Businesses
Pricing: Both Free and for-fee tiers available
How does this application use Amazon Web Services?: IMAP Backup & Archiver uses EC2, EBS and S3. The databases and the processes runs on EC2. The data is stored on S3.
Created On: September 10, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
Last Updated: September 16, 2009 12:57 AM GMT

IMAP Backup & Archiver uses the standard secure IMAP Protocol to access the user's mailbox to retrieve emails periodically. The service creates daily Backup Snapshots that are kept for 30 days (Backup Retention). A "Snapshot" is a copy of the user's mailbox folders and emails that were present at the time of the backup.

The Archiver keeps all the current messages that are in the user's mailbox and all the deleted messages for 12 months (default Archiver Retention Period). Both retention periods can be extended. The user can search the Archiver for messages using criteria such as "folder", "to", "from", "dates" and "subject".

New messages in users' accounts are compressed and encrypted then stored in Amazon S3.

Users can restore a snapshot to a new "restore folder", to the "original folders" without duplicates or to another account (mailbox and/or server). When users search their messages with criteria such as "folder", "to", "from", "dates" and "subject", they can then restore all or a subset of the messages found.

The IMAP Backup and Archiver works transparently in the background and does not impact users' email service. Business owners, IT personnel and end users utilize an easy to use web interface to manage accounts, view backups, search the archive and restore messages 24x7.


Backs up my Google email accounts
I have my domain's emails hosted at Google. Because the down time they had recently, I became concerned. I searched (on google BTW) for an Email backup solution and found this solution. I decided to take advantage of the free 3 month trial. Sign-up for the free trial was quick and easy. Setting up my email accounts took a few more minutes. Most of the email accounts had already been set for IMAP connections. I was not expecting that it would backup my google hosted accounts but by the next day I was happy to see that almost all of them had successfully been backed up. The two email accounts that were not backed up did not had the IMAP enabled. Once these two users enabled IMAP for their accounts all went well. A couple of days later I tested the service by restoring one of the "snapshots" for my email account. The restore was ready within a few minutes and I was able to see all the messages there on the restore folder. I noticed that the "Restore Snapshot" page had an option for restoring to a different email account. I then tried it by entering an email account I have with another ISP. The restore was also successful. This gave me a piece of mind that if in the future I want to move out of Google to a different email provider, I can do that easily. The only thing I would like to see is some form of automated bulk email account creation. It took me a while to enter all the email accounts information but I am not taking any stars for this because of all the features I did not expect.
alnf on September 18, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
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