Using Object Storage for cPanel Backups

Object Storage is simply the easiest, most cost effective and secure backup solution for your data!

What are backups?

A backup is simply the procedure of making extra copies of your data in case the original data is lost or damaged. Liquidweb understands that your data is invaluable and so, we have provided a stable, secure and cost effective product called Object Storage which makes managing your cPanel backups much easier.

What is Object Storage?

Object storage is used for things like storing photos on Facebook, songs on Spotify, or files in online services such as Dropbox. Object Storage stores files inside of a resource that is known as a “bucket”. Inside of this bucket, there can be multiple folders which can store multiple files or other static information. In this case, we will be exploring using Object Storage for your cPanel backups.

We’ll start by reviewing the four main areas which highlight the advantages of this service for your cPanel backups:

  • Simple Setup
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Cost Savings

3 Step Setup

Setting up Object Storage is extremely easy to accomplish through your account’s home page. Simply login to your Liquid Web account.

  1. Click on Create and then click on Storm Object Storage.
    Storm Object Storage
  2. Next, click on the Create Object Store button
    Create Object Store
  3. Lastly, copy the information about your new Object Storage.
    Object Storage Information


    Keep this information safe by not sharing via email or any other unencrypted method. A malicious hacker could obtain your keys and use them without your knowledge.

You will want to store the following info for later use.

  • Object Store: This is the name of your Object Store
  • Object Store Gateway: The domain used to access everything in your Object Store.
  • Disk Space Usage: Defines the amount of space used.
  • Access Key: A unique identifier that, when partnered with a Secret Key, allows access to your Object Store.
  • Secret Key: A unique identifier that, when partnered with a Access Key, allows access to your Object Store.

Configuring Backups in cPanel

Setting up Object Storage for your cPanel backups is very straightforward.

  1. Login to WHM and go to Home » Backup » Backup Configuration,
  2. Scroll down to the Configure Backup Directory.
  3. In the Default Backup Directory text field, add the new backup location into the text field: /mnt/sbs
    Configure Backup Directory
  4. And then, click the Save Configuration button.
    Save Configuration
    You will see the Green success bar stating your configuration was saved.

Set Up Backups via Command Line

Setting up cPanel backups can also be accomplished via SSH on the command line. Login as root, then use vim/nano to edit the /var/cpanel/backups/config file as follows:
root@host # vim /var/cpanel/backups/config
# change line 5 from
BACKUPDIR: /backup
# to
BACKUPDIR: /mnt/sbs
# then :wq to save the file

If needed, you can also access your Object Storage device using a GUI (graphical user interface) client or a Command Line client as well! If you have questions about these options, just open a ticket with our Heroic Support team and we will help you complete the process.

Why Use Object Storage?

Object Storage is fast… very fast
When doing internal testing against other providers, we have seen that our object storage is 10 times faster in the read speeds and 5 times faster in write speeds compared with other providers.
Object Storage Comparison

(The images above show the throughput (in MB/s) and the response times of 95% of those requests.) This means that your backups will actually complete faster than if pushed to Amazon s3!

Cost Savings

Lastly, Liquid Web’s Object Storage has a simple, transparent pricing model compared with other providers. We have no transfer, access or bandwidth fees like AWS. Currently, AWS s3 has multiple pricing variables that include:

  • Storage Space
  • Request Pricing
  • Data Transfer

And even this pricing can differ because of the fifteen different regions which vary in price!

Looks complicated right? It is. Although they provide a calculator to help figure out what your monthly bill is going to be, even that looks daunting! This is why Liquid Web provides a simple pricing model. This allows our clients to know in advance exactly what the cost is going to be and what you are paying for. Liquid Web’s price for Object Storage is only $0.08 per Gigabyte per month! This means you get a fast, stable, secure, and redundant storage service that will meet any of the storage needs you have. Remember, your business is only as good as your last backup. For further information, visit our website or open a ticket with our Heroic Support team.

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