Cloud Backup

Note: the cloud backup feature is available only for paid plans.

We all have experienced the dreaded feeling of losing precious data - that's why we added the option to enable daily auto backups of all the files and project data to your lab's own S3-compatible cloud storage.

Popular S3-compatible cloud service providers include Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Backblaze. If you don't have a S3-compatible account, Backblaze is an excellent choice for labs - it's secure, easy to use, affordable and trusted by the world's top enterprises. Create a B2 cloud storage account here. In addition, Backblaze retains a versioned history of each file that gets updated.

Create a bucket

Once logged in, click "Create Bucket", keep the default settings and give it a name. You'll need this Bucket Name later.

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Your bucket's information will appear - take note of the bucket's Endpoint. You can derive the Region from the second part of the Endpoint. For example, the Endpoint in this screenshot is 's3.us-west-000.backblazeb2.com' which indicates the region as 'us-west-000'.

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In the App Keys page click on Add a New Application Key and give your key a name and keep the default settings.

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Take note of the app's keyID and the app's private applicationKey when the application key info panel appears.

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Essential information

You should now have in your possession the following information:

  • App Key ID

  • App Private Key

  • Bucket Name

  • Endpoint

  • Region

In Kanobo's Lab Settings click on the Backup Data Button and enter the S3 connection info. For the S3 Directory field add the name of a folder you want the data to be saved in. Backblaze also requires the connection to be SSL enabled so make sure that setting is checked. Finally click Save S3 Connection Settings.

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Accessing your cloud storage

Once a day around midnight PST kanobo will sync the latest project data and files to your bucket. You can access the uploaded data either through the Backblaze website or with any popular file transfer client that supports S3 connections.

  • Desktop file transfer clients such as CyberDuck or Transmit is one convenient way to view and download the backup directory.

  • The Backblaze web interface allows you to Make a full Bucket Snapshot and download it to your local computer.

  • If you have some web chops you can also spin up a web server and point it to the bucket to make it accessible as a website.

With your data on your computer, simply double-click on projects.html to view your local version of Kanobo.

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If you're having any trouble setting this up, feel free to email support@kanobo.com and we'll help you out!

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