Online Backup Site Recommendation

Posted on 2004-04-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a customer that is looking at a new server.

Instead of purchasing a new tape drive, they want to use an online storage service.

I've found a couple sites that offer these services, but wanted input from other professionals as to if this is a good idea?
Also, if it is, suggestions of anybody that would offer good service and support.

I'd rather have a tape drive personally, the finance person there says he doesn't like them.
I'm not a fan, because you put your faith in a person to change the tapes properly, and if not, backup schedules get interrupted.

Also, i've seen tape drive schedules never run, when they should.  But will an online storage solution back up properly either?

They have a decent internet connection, but don't want to waste it on online backups.


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Mustangbrad earned 500 total points
ID: 10762289
I have a client that uses the WAN type backup with Telus here in Canada. It works well as far as basic backup and restore functionality for files but I do not know the feasability of a full disaster recovery using this type of backup. As long as the OFFSITE backup can handle the backup type, be it Exchange Mail, SQL databases, Oracle databases or whatever as well as a decent backup window to backup total size. It's not for everyone, do some reading and research before hand. Me personally, I like being responsible for my own backup's because of the sense of security but I have the know how and have been doing it for 5 years. Alot of people (small business) couldn't be bothered backing up and often forget to backup and when "SH*T hits the fan" it's too late.


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ID: 10770921
Try this,

Is that the kind of online storage they want to use?
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ID: 10771035
I'm looking for something like that?

Basicly a site where I can download a client to synch files form the server to the online service.

I'd rather have a tape drive and will suggest a tape drive to the customer.

thanks for all the help..


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ID: 10771121
Tape drives are nice but I have also heard really nice things about that site.  It seems pretty cheap too.  Try the 15 day trial.

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"I'm looking for something like that?

Basicly a site where I can download a client to synch files form the server to the online service.

I'd rather have a tape drive and will suggest a tape drive to the customer.

thanks for all the help.."

If that is what you were looking for, why didn't you at least split the points as we both submitted answers to meet your needs?

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