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Alternative backup system:  Google, Ibackup, and USDataTrust? which is best?

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Right now we have a backup system in our server which backup our exchange and our users folder.  However, we would like to look at the option of using a online backup system.  So this would eliminate the need for a costly T1 line from coast to coast.  The main reason for the T1 line was to backup all the work of employees in the eastcoast office and have an accessible copy at our headquarter in Seattle.  
I searched online for online backup services and found many options: ibackup, google, microsoft, and USDataTrust.  Historically, our company would go through 1TB of storage drive a year and i found that these online storage services only offer up to 500GB and charges a like $3000/month.  

What i am trying to get from expert-ex is what are some thoughts and concerns that you may have from knowledge and experiences?  What should I understand if we were to switchover to online?  Any recommendation? why would one be better than the other (opinions are appreciated).  thanks.

i know many of your response will be to consult IT especialist; we will, i just want to get info from here first.
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1) remember that your data will NOT be immediately accessible, you need to download it at Internet speed. depending on how fast you want it this is not always good.

2) You need  to make sure it is encrypted

3) I would consider using a VPN between the offices rather than a dedicated T1, and that should cut costs and still allow backing up between the site.

 
I hope this helps !
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any insight on ibackup or usdatatrust?
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