Back up data with Cloud Files

This article shows you how to store your own data backup in Cloud Files.

Note: For information about Cloud Backup as a service,
see Safeguard Your Business, with Automatic Cloud

Prepare to back up your data

Before you use Cloud Files to back up your data, perform the following
steps to prepare your data:

  1. Create a backup plan, identifying critical resources and the
    frequency with which you need to perform backups.

  2. Collect all of the critical resources (backup data) in a secure local
    location or directory, along with any necessary subdirectories.

  3. (Optional) Compress the content of the backup directory with
    security and encryption.

    This optional step reduces storage and bandwidth costs and
    increases security.

Back up your data

Use the following steps to back up your data:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.

  2. In the top navigation bar, click Select a Product > Rackspace Cloud.

  3. At the top of the window, click Storage > Files.

  4. On the Cloud Files page, click Create Container.

  5. In the popup dialog box, name the new container, select the region
    and type, and then click Create Container.

    For more information about selecting a region for your backup files,
    see Multi-region support in Cloud

  6. (Optional) If you want to create a folder to group your uploaded
    files, perform the following steps:

    1. On the Containers page, click Create Folder.

    2. In the popup dialog box, name the folder and then click Create

    3. To add files in the folder, click the folder name to open the
      folder before completing the following step.

  7. Individually upload the backup data files that you created in the previous
    section to the container by using the following steps:

    1. On the Containers page, click Upload Files.

    2. Select the files and click Open.

Your files are uploaded to the container.

Next steps

After you've uploaded your files to the container, you should perform the
following steps:

  1. Update your backup records with the current date as the date of the
    last backup.

  2. Perform the next backup (that is, upload files to Cloud Files)
    according to the backup plan that you created.