CTERA C200: The #1 Factor Affecting Recovery Time

The time it takes your CTERA to recover from a Cloud backup can depend on many things. However, one factor plays a bigger role than the rest.

One question we hear from many clients is: “how long does it take to recover data from Cloud backups?” And although the CTERA C200 is one of the best hybrid Cloud solutions on the market, there is one major factor that can affect the recovery time speed.

Of course, we’re talking about internet speed

Whenever we’re working to set up a client with a CTERA device, we have to ask ourselves if their internet is strong enough for the CTERA to work efficiently. A fast, wired connection is recommended, but not a necessity. 

Wifi plans are available that offer great bandwidth. These can be quite effective as well.

However, the amount of recovery time that your CTERA C200 will need also depends on the file size. If you’re downloading a simple 25 megabyte (MB) file, then pretty much any internet connection can handle that quickly. However, files that run into the gigabytes (GB), and sometimes even terabytes (TB), can take much longer.

1,000 Kilobyte (KB) = 1 Megabyte (MB)
1,000 Megabyte (MB) = 1 Gigabyte (GB)
1,000 Gigabyte (GB) = 1 Terabyte (TB)

If you are still using dial-up internet and try to download a 1TB file, you’re going to be waiting for a while. A long while. If you download a 1TB file with an internet speed of 25Mb/s, the download will take over 4 days.

However, bump that speed up to 250Mb/s (considered a good speed), and that 1TB file now takes less than 10 hours to download. And any file 100GB or less will take less than an hour at that speed.

To state it simply: The most effective way to cut back on your CTERA’s recovery time is to ensure you have a fast and reliable internet connection. The best way to achieve this is through a cable or fiber optic connection.  

There is a download calculator available online that shows you how long you can expect a download to take based on file size and internet speed. This can be a great tool to help you get started choosing the right internet package.

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