Hey there! This post is not about a problem but rather looking for advice using rclone. My 20 people company has ~250TB capacity split across multiple (3 main ones) RAID6 volumes on Synology NAS units (for historical and convenience reasons), synced over Backblaze B2 cloud storage via Synology Cloud Sync.
We are looking to migrate to a mixed local+cloud system where we would have a gigantic All_Projects root folder on one local NAS (an existing of our Synology units or a new dedicated unit), in which:
- the projects folders on the NAS local storage would only be these currently being processed by our team, and for which deliverables have not been produced yet or less than 6 months ago.
- some sub-projects folders could be flagged as "to-be-archived" to be stored only on the cloud storage and removed from the local storage of the NAS
- from time to time some projects on the cloud could be flagged for downloading from the cloud to the local NAS again for some further re-processing.
I've posted this request on the backblaze reddit and someone suggested rclone could be used for this, hence this post. Ideally, we are looking for a system where:
- we could access the NAS folders via SMB on windows explorer (both local folders and remote-only ones on b2). Is union remote or mergerfs the way to do it?
- anyone could decide (after some teaching, not only IT people) which folders to move to the cloud only, while all the others would remain synced. Could be really similar to Mountain Duck UI on windows/mac, ExpanDrive server, or the classic dropbox and google drive utilities. rclone-browser seem like the right tool for setting this up.
- a UI could help monitor the sync state for all the folders, plus standard metrics like used capacity of local/cloud page and repo
- Although Synology Cloud Sync does no versioning (hence some attack vector for ransomware on our files) Backblaze does file versioning. Using
rcloud -sync --backup-diror a daily
rcloud -copyto ensure versioning would probably be the way to go as shown in this thread
- bonus point if the system can be setup on synology - which we can manage via SSH anyway.
Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage
By the way, is there a more recent overview of preferred cloud storage providers among rclone users? Backblaze seem like the cheapest for storage (incurring some fee for download), but a lot of people on the rclone forums seem to rely on google or dropbox - what's the typical price point for these?
Thanks a lor for your time!