Google Cloud Storage is the Google online storage service that allows you to store files and backups on the Google Cloud Platform infrastructure. Like all the most well-known Cloud services based on a pay-per-use model, therefore on the actual use of storage and bandwidth, Google Cloud Storage allows the remote saving of large amounts of data in a secure manner and with very high performance.
Iperius Backup, as well as supporting backup to the main cloud services in circulation, such as Amazon S3, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox and any S3 compatible service, is also supports the backup to Google Cloud Storage. In this tutorial we will explain step by step how to configure this type of backup.
To access the services of Google Cloud Plaftorm we will be asked to register and provide a payment method (during the trial period there will be no charges, and in any case only the actual resources used will be charged).
Once in the reserved area at https://console.cloud.google.com/storage/settings, the first thing to do is to enable the interoperability API within the Google Cloud Platform Storage section.
Create a new project from the appropriate menu, specifying the desired name:
Once the project has been created, it will be possible to enable the “Interoperability” function, which allows Google Cloud Storage to interact with other software and storage systems compatible with the S3 protocol, such as Iperius Backup.
Then select the “Interoperability” tab in the “Settings” section and enable this option.
At this point it is sufficient to generate, using the button at the bottom of the page, a new key, which will consist of two codes: “Access key” and “Secret”. These credentials must be used in Iperius Backup for authentication and access to the Google Cloud Storage space.
So let’s see how to set up a backup job inside Iperius to save files on the Google Cloud Storage space, using the credentials just obtained.
Open Iperius Backup, and create a new backup job.
In the “Items” panel, add the folder(s) we want to back up to Google Cloud Storage:
In the “Destinations” panel, add the Google Cloud Storage account, configuring it as follows:
As “Type” select “Google Cloud Storage”, while in “Access Key ID” insert the “Access Key” and in “Secret Access key” insert the “Secret” code, that are the credentials previously generated by the Google Cloud Storage console. Finally, click on “Save”. If the window closes without reporting any error, it means that the authentication has been successfully completed and therefore the account is saved in the list of those available.
In the destination settings it is also possible to specify the name of the Bucket where to copy the data (a sort of container or main folder), choose the type of backup and its number of copies, enable compression and AES 256 bit encryption, enable synchronization , etc …
In the following panels, it is possible to set the automatic backup schedule and the e-mail notifications, to always be informed about the backup result.
In the last panel, type the name of the backup job and save it by clicking on the OK button. As soon as the backup configuration is saved, you can immediately run the backup which will upload the files to Google Cloud Storage.