Data storage characteristics
CodeTwo Backup keeps backed up data in a local resource referred to as storage. A storage consists of a folder tree that resembles the structure and versioning of the backed up mailbox. All items backed up by the software are saved as binary files. That means that - contrary to common text formats - it is not possible to view the files’ contents using a text editor (e.g. MS Notepad), but it is possible to view them in CodeTwo Backup. Those binary data files are accompanied by .xml configuration files and .sdf files (MS SQL Server Compact databases that contain items' metadata as well as contents' indexes). Storage files are encrypted by default. Additionally, a main administrator can enable storage password protection for these files to prevent other, less privileged admins from viewing the backed up items in the software’s Administration Panel.
CodeTwo Backup enables you to create multiple storages and share them between multiple jobs - several various jobs can back up data to the same storage. Also, data from one job can be restored by a different job to a different server. Storages can be easily archived via archive and PST archive jobs.
|Fig. 1. Different jobs using multiple storages to create and restore backups.|
The only substantial limitation of the storages in CodeTwo Backup is their location. The software allows you to choose only a local resource as storage location. It is not possible to point to a network drive when creating a new storage. Such a possibility was prohibited on purpose, to make sure that the fastest and the most reliable drive (i.e. a local one) is used as the storage location. Network drives are unfortunately prone to connectivity failures, they may be also characterized by unsteady transfer speeds or might even drop connections. Fortunately, you can archive storage data to an external resource.
Managing backup storage - this article describes how to manage storages (create a new storage, edit, mount, remove or archive an existing storage, monitor the storage status).