A Complete Review of Jungle Disk Online Backup
Jungle Disk is different from normal backup services in more ways than one. They provide the backup service, but let you use someone else (Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files) for the storage. So you pay a monthly fee to Jungle Disk, then pay for storage separately. It is an interesting set up which offers truly unlimited storage – keep reading for the full review…
Key features promised by Jungle Disk:
- Store an unlimited amount of data for only 15 cents per gigabyte.
- Your data is fully encrypted at all times
- Data is stored at multiple Amazon.com datacenters around the country for high availability
- Access files directly from Windows Explorer, Mac OSX Finder, and Linux
- Automatically backup your important files quickly and easily
- Truly unlimited backup.
- Amazon S3 is highly-reliable.
- Backed by a solid company (Rackspace.)
- You’ll have to figure out the exact price yourself.
- Monthly fee could be relatively high when storing over 25GB.
A while back I heard about Amazon S3 Service, which provided online file storage. I looked at it but it’s not for personal use; more for businesses and web developers. However I get to use it now, easily, as JungleDisk now uses it. Basically JungleDisk is a piece of software that allows you to use Amazon S3 services. Right through your existing Amazon account too!
Jungle Disk was founded in 2007 and originally was backup software that carried a one-time fee (no monthly charges) and only integrated with Amazon S3. They also had a tiger stripe or leopard print logo (“jungle” themed.) I believe they were purchased by Rackspace; now they have a more conventional logo, different services and pricing, and the option to backup to Rackspace Cloud.
Let’s look at what you get…
No restrictions on what or how much you backup
Other online backup services place some restrictions on what type of files you can backup or how much data you can backup in a period of time. In some cases you may not be able to backup your program files, large media, or system files. Even services that offer “unlimited” backup typically have restrictions on “reasonable” usage or reserve the right to terminate your service at any time with no reason. With Jungle Disk, your storage truly is unlimited.
JungleDisk starts at $2/month and you get your first 5GB storage free. Then just pay Amazon S3 fees for the storage space you use beyond that.
The version with a desktop client is $3/month, though.
Final Decision on Jungle Disk
What I liked about Jungle Disk:
What I did not like about Jungle Disk:
Jungle Disk Review Wrap-Up:
Overall rating: out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Paul Ryan
Date of original review: July 18, 2009
Date last updated: July 18, 2009
Official website: www.JungleDisk.com