Caught out by the Instapaper outage – easily backup articles to any cloud storage

Instapaper recently had a fairly major outage in which access to data was down and then when the service was back online, access was restricted to a limited number of articles saved before full access was resumed.

Instapaper of course is viewed as a consumer service but it is used by a surprising number of business users, myself included, for archived article access.

In my case; as much as the articles, it is the link to those articles that I do not wish to lose and I used the SME Cloud Migration service to ensure they are backed up, in my case to the Amazon S3 cloud (which I have configured to also backup to Google Nearline).

Let me step you through how easy it is to backup articles stored on Instapaper using the SME hosted service (this is also applicable to the SME enterprise solution).

Firstly we login to a personal or business cloud account (this is not applicable to free accounts I’m afraid).

Next we launch the cloud migration service from the link on the sidebar and choose to import form Instapaper:

Instapaper backup

This prompts us to login to the Instapaper account. Note this is a one time login in which connection details are only kept for the duration of the import session.

Instapaper outage backup

Once logged in, you are prompted to choose a location for the backup from one of the existing cloud storage accounts mapped to your account:

Instapaper backup to cloud

This then creates a Cloud Task in which progress can be tracked from the Cloud Tasks scheduler:

Instapaper backup scheduler

Once the backup is done an email is generated and sent:

Instapaper backing up

The files generated are HTML files that relate to the categories within Instapaper and they contain all the links for each file in each category.

Instapaper HTML backup

Lets take a look at the one of the sections, in my case for Apple Newton articles that I have collated:

Instapaper Apple Newton

Here is the corresponding category in Instapaper:

Back up Instapaper service

Of course Instapaper is not the only service that SME can backup. It can also be used to backup services such as Evernote and consumer and enterprise storage.

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