Frequently Asked Questions
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We began providing offsite data storage in the fall of 2001, for our original corporate parent, JohnCompanies Co-Location.
In 2006, we became a stand-alone firm dedicated only to offsite backup. We have been providing this simple product, and nothing else, since then.
rsync.net is a US-based company, but we have five global locations - all of which are fully featured and staffed:
San Diego, California, USA
Fremont, California, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Kowloon, Hong Kong
We built and maintain our own infrastructure. We are not reselling or rebranding a cloud provider like Amazon S3. We have complete control over our networks and storage arrays and The Buck Stops Here.
We serve thousands of customers from nearly every country in the world.
We are proud to have been chosen as the Linux Format "Editors Choice" for Online Backup in July 2007.
Please see our testimonials page for references, testimonials, and reviews.
Both products are identical in terms of your usage and interaction. The geo-redundant accounts are distinguished in that every night, automatically, their contents are replicated to one of our other sites around the world. No action is needed on your part, and no additional integration or maintenance is necessary - rsync.net is solely responsible for this secondary replication.
If you are backing up data that you are retaining yourself, at your own location, then a standard offsite filesystem is probably sufficient. rsync.net then becomes your backup, and the data exists at all times in two locations (your location, and your rsync.net filesystem).
However, if you do not maintain a copy of your data yourself, that is, if your rsync.net filesystem is the ONLY location that your data is stored, we suggest you purchase the geo-redundant product. Remember - if you maintain a copy, your rsync.net filesystem is your backup. If you do not maintain a copy, and you do not use the geo-redundant product, your data is NOT backed up. It exists in one location only (granted, a very secure and well maintained location, but still just one)
Yes. Although rsync.net supports the ftp protocol (for legacy and embedded applications) we do not recommend it. Our standard network protocol is SSH which is encrypted with the same level of security that is required for online banking and credit card processing.
Please contact us if you are not sure you are using our standard (encrypted) network transports.
The rsync.net platform supports two protocols - SSH and FTP.
FTP is provided simply for legacy support and embedded sytems that may require it, and is not recommended. Everything you do with rsync.net should (probably) take place over SSH.
A wide variety of tools run over the SSH protocol, including: rsync, sftp, scp, duplicity, rdiff-backup, and unison.
Further, common development tools like git, git-annex, subversion and s3cmd all use SSH as a transport and can be used with rsync.net. You can see some examples here.
Quite easily, in fact. Regardless of whether you use an enterprise backup system in a corporate setting, or a simple consumer application at home, it will be extremely simple to integrate your rsync.net offsite filesystem. Our open systems allow a seamless integration into the operating system of your choice, allowing you to target your rsync.net filesystem as a drive letter, as a mount point, as a URL ... as anything you'd like.
Further, we are intimately familiar with backup procedures and applications and will provide full support for whatever integration you require, including helping you write scripts and procedures.
Yes. You may configure additional users, at no cost, that can log in and share your account. You may control access and file permissions with standard Unix tools like 'chmod' and 'chgrp'. OR, you may simply describe to us the permissions and access scheme you would like, and we will implement it for you.
If you are an existing customer, simply email email@example.com and request one or more "sub accounts" - we will provide them for you immediately.
Our physical facilities are manned by live technicians 24 hours per day. Biometric access controls are employed at our locations, as well as video recording and strict entry/access logs.
All data is housed on hardware RAID arrays providing _at least_ RAID-6 protection. DO NOT trust your data to anyone running software raid, or anyone using RAID-5 (even if they utilize hot spares, etc.) All power is conditioned and backed by battery banks which are backed by diesel generators. Physical machines are connected to at least two distinct power circuits.
rsync.net performs quarterly audits of power load and equipment failover, and we are quite strict as to what constitutes "passing".
Our primary US location is connected to a quintuple-homed network. All global locations are at least triple-homed.
rsync.net performs quarterly audits of network throughput and network latency.
We employ network Intrusion Detection Systems as well as IDS on each individual host.
Each users' individual filesystem is in a chroot that isolates it from the rest of the system.
Finally, user filesystems all live on data partitions that are mounted noexec / nosuid / nodev which provides an additional level of safety against sophisticated attacks.
Yes - we can increase or decrease the size of your account at any time - there are no fees or complications involved in doing so. There is also no downtime of any kind involved. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate what new size you would like your filesystem to be.
Alternatively, you may login to your web-based Account Manager and edit your own quota there.
Yes. We will help you, interactively, with a real person, through every step of integration. Although most integrations do not require much, if any, software installation, we will support that installation and that software.
Yes. If you are using X with an rsync.net filesystem, we will support and troubleshoot your use of it, regardless of how complex or esoteric that usage or application is. All such support will be handled by a real live Unix engineer, and will never be dealt with by a ticket system, autoresponder, or first level / junior "technician".
Yes. We are not just providing offsite filesystems, we are providing complete, end to end, personal customer support.
Accounts less than 1TB in size have a rate of 20 cents per GB, per month.
1TB and larger accounts have a rate of 14 cents per GB, per month.
10TB and larger accounts have a rate of 8 cents per GB, per month.
You should call us for our rates for 50 TB accounts and larger, however we do have a published petabyte rate of 3 cents per GB, per month.
All of these rates can be discounted 10% by making an annual payment.
Please see our pricing page for more details.
Yes. Discounts exist for open source developers and educators/students - please contact us for more details.
Yes. Depending on your usage and plan, this may be incur a nominal charge, or it may be free of charge. Please see this document for details.
Yes. We have a very simple and straightforward reseller program that allows ISPs, VARs and consultants to implement and support our service for their clients.
Our reseller program allows you to immediately provide a state of the art, global storage network, fully rebranded as your own. You may repackage and resell it in any way you see fit.
Our Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy are combined into one, easy to read document.
Yes. Please refer to our HIPAA compliance statement.
Yes. Please refer to our Sarbanes-Oxley compliance statement.