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How to connect to Google Cloud Storage with Cloud Backup Sync?

Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage is the object storage service of the Google Cloud Platform. It allows worldwide storing and retrieval of any amount of data in a secure and cost-effective manner. Your data is protected through redundant storage at multiple physical locations with Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure. For more information, please visit https://cloud.google.com/storage/.

You can create an account and storage space first, then you can use the storage space to create backup and restore jobs.


After opening Hybrid Backup Sync, expand the “Storage Space” tab on the left panel and click “Profile” to create a new cloud account. In this page, you can create, edit, and delete accounts and configure the rate limit settings for each account. If you modify the cloud storage account identity (like changing its username or access key) the state of the corresponding jobs will be reset and all of the files will need to be uploaded again as the backup destination has also changed.

To create a cloud account, click “Create” and select “Cloud Account”.

Choose a cloud service and click “Next” button to enter the account information.

To access Google Cloud Storage, you will need a Project ID, service account email and P12 key file from your cloud management console. Enter the Project ID, email and upload the P12 key file when creating an account.

Storage Space

After creating a cloud account, go to “Storage Space” to create a cloud storage space. Then you can use this storage space to create backup and restore jobs.

Click the “Adding Storage Space” icon, choose “On cloud”, click a cloud service, then enter a storage name and select a cloud account to set a storage space.

You must select a bucket or use a new bucket for storage space. The chunk size defines the size of data unit to be transferred. Using larger chunk sizes can improve data transfer speeds, because fewer number of network connections are needed to transfer a file. However, larger chunk sizes require retransmission of larger chunks of data when a connection is interrupted. Do not use larger chunks if your network is unstable.

Google Cloud Storage provides three kind of storage class: Standard Storage, Durable Reduced Availability (DRA), and Nearline Storage. You can use Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) option to save costs, but the reliability of your data may be reduced compared to the standard cloud storage, and you may risk losing your data or be unable to restore some of your files.

If you have not created a cloud account, select “New Profile” and click “Settings” to create a new account.

Release date: 2016-01-30
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