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How does SpiderOak use SpiderOak? – Part 5

Daniel Larsson, QA and Marketing.

Being a frequent traveler and the resident US living Swede here at SpiderOak (born and raised in Sweden and living in the Midwest) one of the features of SpiderOak that I really love is Sync.

While many companies offer a ‘sync folder’ that allows you to place all the documents, images, video etc. into a folder that synchronizes between computers, I think the SpiderOak approach to folder structure retaining sync is an essential feature.

After backing up my entire desktop containing all my work material, the last thing I want to do is run a USB stick around updating documents in multiple locations such as temporary offices abroad, new laptops etc… This is where the brilliance of folder structure retaining sync comes in.

Using the same account across all my devices, I can simply backup my base configuration of any laptop or remote desktop, set up sync for my document, video, image folders etc…, and click ‘start’. With SpiderOak having an up-to-date copy of the data on my office desktop – and retaining folder structure when synchronizing – all I have to do is sit back and watch my new device fill with all the data I need for work, anywhere in the world, with the same structure as I am used to at the office!

This is one of the features of SpiderOak that truly feels like magic at work!

Notes from the Dungeon

Hi, I’m Chip, SpiderOak’s semi-resident sysadmin. I’m the guy in the picture
below who looks like he’s up to no good. }:-> Mostly, I’m in charge of
keeping the beasts in the server room well-fed and happy, which, like most
admin work, involves generous helpings of my sanity. It’s a job that requires
me to be available around the clock — especially during inopportune times
like weekends and holidays. Nearly every day I’m asked to do something I
haven’t done before. Sometimes it’s fun, but many times it’s not.

But you know what? I love it.

And it’s not just because most days I can wake up at noon and work in the
wee hours of the morning, or that if I need a break I can pop into the other
room and play some Portal (Ah, GLaDOS, an admin after my own heart). I work
with a great bunch of people, and despite the fact that we’re many states and
time zones away from each other, the whole group meshes into a team that I’m
proud to be a part of. (My absence in the group picture below
notwithstanding…)

What exactly goes on behind the scenes at SpiderOak? It’s a really sim…

Gruuuuuuuuuuu…

Whoops, looks like I’ll have to explain later. Duty calls. :)