I'm Cookoo about Cucku Backup

I'm Cookoo about Cucku Backup

Summary: I recently discovered this great application, Cucku Backup at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular party a few weeks ago. Cucku differs from other network-based personal backup solutions such as Carbonite  or Iron Mountain SOHO in that the software is free and leverages existing peer-to peer technology from the Skype VOIP network.

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I recently discovered this great application, Cucku Backup at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular party a few weeks ago. Cucku differs from other network-based personal backup solutions such as Carbonite  or Iron Mountain SOHO in that the software is free and leverages existing peer-to peer technology from the Skype VOIP network.

There's no limitation to the amount of data you can back up, and the program is amazingly fast and transparent to the end-user. Once you set it up, the backup software runs in the background, making incremental backups to your local hard disk as well as the "partner" of your choosing which can be connected on your local LAN/WLAN or even over the Internet. Accidentally deleted a critical file? Restores are as easy as a few clicks away.

All you need is two computers running either Windows XP or or Windows Vista, as well as two free Skype accounts. Cucku is built on the Microsoft  .NET 2.0 framework, so there's no Mac or Linux version yet, but if there is demand for it, it should be easy enough for the developers to build in Mono.

Have you tried Cucku Backup yet? Talk Back and let me know.

Topics: Windows, Collaboration, Data Management, Operating Systems, Software, Storage, Social Enterprise

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  • Bare metal restores?

    I didn't want to watch the whole video. Can this do "bare metal" restores? If so, could you please elaborate? If not, what's the minimum amount of software a user must reinstall to begin the restore process (Windows, Skype, Cucko, etc.?)

    Thanks.
    bmgoodman
  • RE: I'm Cookoo about Cucku Backup

    As far as I can tell Cucku is not designed to do "bare metal" restores, I.E., restore applications and OS settings in registry, etc. When you install the application, it searches all your directories for data files of various different formats (Office files, MP3, Videos, PDF, image files, etc) and and creates a default backup set. You can also create your own custom backup directories for inclusion as well, such as your outlook data files, ZIP files, etc.

    If you had to restore your files from a dead system, you'd need to install Windows, Skype, Cucku, and any apps that you lost.

    For a "baremetal" backup I'd look into a solution like Acronis.
    jperlow
  • NO WAY!!

    Cucku has to rethink a big part of their security model. I was interested in using the application to backup my stuff. Eventhough I don't want to use skype, that shouldn't have been a problem, as the system presumable supports backup up to other destinations (although the only other destination I found in the interface was local and mapped drives... FTP would be a must). The first BIG problem I found though was the need to create an account that is managed by Cucku. WTF!! Why?? Why do they need my email? Why should I create a password? My guess is they store the encryption keys... How big a NONO is that?! If I'm going to use a 256bit encryption on by backed up files, why the HELL would I want the Cucku servers to keep copies of my encryption keys? I'm afraid this Cucku is a dead Dodo if they don't wise up QUICK!
    TechrepLath
    • Re: NO WAY!!

      Tim,

      The account is used to store encryption keys
      which is a convenience for most people. Cucku
      allows you to generate your own keys though if
      you'd prefer not to trust us with them (and it
      sounds like you fall into that camp!).

      Rob Ellison (CEO, Cucku, Inc)
      RobEllison