You know about Cloud Computing right? And you know that GoGrid is probably one of the easiest onramps to hosting within the Cloud with our award-winning web-based portal, private server images called MyGSI, point-and-click deployments of Windows & Linux cloud servers, f5 load balancers and Cloud Storage. So, how can we further lower the barrier to entry to the Cloud? How about by providing a service that lets you ship us physical media like hard drives crammed full of data that you want in your GoGrid cloud? Let us load it for you to our Cloud Storage solution!
GoGrid Cloud Storage
First, you might be asking, what is GoGrid’s Cloud Storage anyway? It’s pretty simple actually. It’s an instantly scalable and reliable file-level backup and storage service for Windows and Linux cloud servers running in the GoGrid cloud. You basically mount GoGrid’s Cloud Storage, which uses a secure private network, using common transfer protocols like SCP, FTP, SAMBA/CIFS and RSYNC to move your data in and out of Cloud Storage. Your storage scales dynamically, on-the-fly, and you only pay for what you use.
The New Data Transfer Service
If you have a large data set that you want to get into GoGrid’s Cloud Storage, transfer you data to an external hard drive and snail mail it to GoGrid. When we receive the external hard drive, the data will be manually transferred into GoGrid’s Cloud Storage within your account. There is a one-time fee of $99.99 to execute the transfer. Please note that you are not billed for the data transfer.
Sounds too good to be true! Of course, you could have transferred the data to a server running in your GoGrid cloud (remember that INBOUND transfer is FREE with GoGrid) but that takes a lot of time depending on how big your pipes are on your end (ours are quite large, btw!). This manual process is a bit easier on your bandwidth and leaves the grunt work to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m sure you have questions about this service. I know I did, so I asked our Product Management team to provide some answers to the following questions. If you have others, feel free to leave a comment on this post or contact a GoGrid Sales Rep (or your Service Team).
- Is the $99 fee per hard drive and per occurrence?
Yes, the $99 fee is per hard drive and per occurrence. There is no charge for the data transfer itself (e.g., based on GBs)
- Is there a limit to the amount of data I can load?
There is no limit to the amount of data you can load.
- Is there a limit to the number of hard drives I can send?
You can send us as many hard drives as you see fit.
- Is there a particular type of hard drive that is supported or not supported?
The hard drive MUST be an external hard drive with a USB connector. Please include the USB interface cables, power supply and return shipping postage and address information.
- How long does the process take? Hours? Days?
Typically this depends on the amount of data as well as the number of hard drives, but normally, you can expect the data to be loaded within a day or two.
- How can I check on the status of my data load?
GoGrid Support will email you once your data has been fully uploaded to your GoGrid Cloud Storage.
- Is my hard drive returned to me? If so, do I pay for shipment?
We can ship back your hard drive provided that you include pre-paid return postage, a mailing address and detailed contact information.
- Do you go through any type of verification process to ensure that all of the data is loaded properly?
We will load any and all data that is contained within the hard drive.
- What format does the data have to be in?
We accept just about any type of format (raw, uncompressed, graphics, text data, compressed, etc.). There is truly nothing complicated about preparing the data. Simply copy it over from your existing data repository and ship it as is.
- What filesystem should the drive be formatted in? Does it depend on the Operating System?
The hard drive should be formatted in a common filesystem format like FAT32 or NTFS. Proprietary filesystems will not be accepted.
- Do you scan the drives for malware or viruses?
It is the responsibility of the customer to provide virus and malware-free data, subject to the GoGrid Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy.
Hope those Q&As help! If you have any questions not answered here, please leave a comment. So, you can now get your data into the Cloud without breaking a sweat (we will do the sweating for you)!
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