My impressions on hubiC
I'd like to share with you my first impressions (and I'd like to stress again the word FIRST) that I had by using the cloud/backup service offered by OVH: hubiC. I want to do so in order to know what you people think of it and if you agree with my impressions.
When early this month they reduced the price from 10€ to 5€ for 10TB of online storage (monthly subscription) I simply couldn't resist. I decided to try the service for the first time and I went for the first month (instead of the annual subscription), just to try it out.
Indeed, I needed a cloud/backup service to upload all my data and I figured 10TB would suffice.
Let's start by explaining where I use it: I have two dedi (one with 100Mbps unmetered and one with 500Mbps unmetered). I use on both Ubuntu server x64.
hubiC is used mainly for two purposes: cloud or/and backup. There is subtle but important difference: when you use the cloud you rely on a synchronization of files. You can see the files in all your devices and in the website. When you upload something from a computer, also all the other computer will download and store locally that file.
The backup system is a pure and simple copy (upload) of your file(s)/folder(s) into hubiC. You don't need to synchronize them and by default the backed up files will not be downloaded in other computers sharing the same hubiC account.
Whether you need to simply backup your files or not it's up to you. Many of us here needs large space to save their data (snapshots of OSs, etc.) and the backup is the best and easiest solution.
Let's get now to the first impressions. I've using the service for about 3 days. I've used both the cloud and the backup (though not very much the last one).
Tools I used: hubiCfuse and the official hubiC application for Linux.
hubiCfuse: extremely unreliable. The idea is great: you can mount your cloud space and see it as an external hard drive. This way you don't have to download files locally. Unfortunately, operations (renaming, deleting, moving, etc.) are extremely slow. Copy of files is totally unreliable: I copied 80GB and it ended up "segmenting" 40GB somewhere, while the others 40GB were not even complete. I read online that this is more of an issue with the platform used by hubiC than the application itself.
hubiC for Linux: this certainly works better and in a more stable way. It has lots of commands you can use both for backups and cloud. As of now I only used it for the backup option. Perhaps the only downside I've witnessed is the huge amount of resources that the mono framework needs to make hubiC executing backups.
For now I will not provide benchmarks of speed or anything, it's too soon and I need to know more about it. However, in a week or two I certainly share a more detailed experience.
Conclusions as of now: don't use hubiC for the cloud. It's quite buggy and slow. Files are not always well uploaded and you'll get errors many times. If you however need a huge online backup space then perhaps hubiC is what you are searching for.
Please share your experience