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I have also been using Gobbler for ages and I respect that they have chosen the ‘slow’ route’ to market, to test it for real with real users, yes OK they have used us to help their beta testing, but they have been very open about it, and we have had a free service in return.
Well in case you hadn’t worked it out yet, I love Gobbler and use it a lot. For me it gives me that reliable off site backup that I hadn’t got to date. It is better than any of the other ‘cloud based’ backup options because it scans for sessions and then backs up everything inside the session folder. I really hope they can come to agreement with Avid and get proper acces to the session file so that Gobbler can read the session file and back up everything in the session file irrespective of where it is on the system. We used to have this feature with Mezzo Archiver in the days of tape based archiving but unfortunately that little company has gone to the wall. So it can be done, it has been done, so come on Avid and Gobbler please work it out soon.
As to real world experience, I am based in the UK and I have ‘fibre to the cabinet’ internet connection, which gives me 30 Meg down and around 1.5 up . I have been working through my ‘back catalogue’ and have left my computer to work over night backing projects up to the cloud. Usually it an back up around 8 to 10 gigs over night sometimes a little more sometimes less. I just put a series of sessions into the queue, go to bed and leave it get on with it.
Once you are backing up ‘work in progress’ then things are easier because the amounts of data get much smaller and it is possible to leave Gobbler working in the background, and when you take a break it will backup and new content in a watched session. I work mainly in post so I have sessions that are regularly 15+ gigs, add a video file and they are large, just give it the time and it will back up. If there is a hiccup, then Gobbler is intelligent to pick up where it left off. All in all don’t write it off because you only have 1.5 Meg upload speed, if you plan accordingly it will be fine.
If you haven’t signed up yet then you have until 7th Dec to get 25GB of free space. After 7th Dec the amount of free space drops to 5Gb which is still more than companies like Dropbox offer. So sign up today.