What is FTP/NAS Storage for Backups?

Question: I typically use R1Soft for backups of my storage. I love the system,and it is automated which makes life easy.

My other host only has FTP/NAS Storage, and I don’t know exactly what that means. They say it is available through FTP. Er, what?

Are these backups automated? What is the difference between this and R1Soft?

Any feedback appreciated.


NAS stands for Network Attached Storage.

My guess is they have a NAS that is available through FTP.
IMHO for you it shouldn’t matter they use NAS, as long as you can FTP to it, right? :slight_smile:

In my experience, when a host says “FTP/NAS” storage, it is a remote storage server that is solely used for storing backups. The data might be transfered over a private network, but might not be, which could mean it counts against your bandwidth allotment.

That said, the questions is probably best asked of your host, because their definition might be different than what other folks have experienced.

I don’t have any personal experience with backups through R1Soft, so I can’t offer a comparison.

Hope that helps!


And the system does automated backups to this attached storage device? Daily? Hourly? Weekly? Do I have to tell it to run manually?

The process is what confuses me.


Again, it depends on the system, but I have seen both: If it’s configured through cPanel/WHM it will automatically run backups. Alternatively, you can just have a script that you run manually.

To clarify, FTP backups, in my experience, mean you have space and you/your host need to manually configure your server to back up to that space.

Let me know if i can help more, or if you’d like more clarification.

Thanks for the added feedback. I tried to ask my datacenter (softlayer for this one) how exactly it works through a ticket and they just answered back by repeating the pricing for such a service. Yeah, not too helpful by them.

(asking them again now)