"Let's face it. Most people don't back up their important
computer files with any regularity. The time you do think about
doing a backup is typically right after you discover your hard
drive has crashed. At that point it's too late. The only real way
to consistently backup your files is to have it done automatically
"Enter CTERA with their CloudPlug device. If you examine it
closely you'll notice that the CloudPlug looks a lot like the
little wall wart computer we reviewed a while back. Both devices
share the same basic internals consisting of a Marvell SheevaPlug.
The CloudPlug adds an eSATA connector for hooking up a big and fast
"Setting the device up is a breeze. You simply connect the
provided Cat5e Ethernet cable to your network switch (Gigabit
speeds supported), attach an external hard drive and plug the
device into the wall. After that you'll need to go through a few
simple setup screens using the Web interface to initialize your
hard drive and you're basically done.
"CTERA provides a trial period for their cloud-based backup
service to get you hooked on off-site storage. You can sign up for
the service when you install the device or not at all if you so
choose. The Web interface to the CloudPlug provides access to a
long list of additional features including configuring users,
determining backup rules and enabling specific services. You'll
need to enable the RSync service to allow your Linux clients to
connect that way."