What are some options for hosting files online? 40-50 GB

We currently have a Windows 2003 server that is used for file sharing (with various permissions).  It hosts no programs, it is actually just 40-50 GB of docs, spreadsheets, powerpoints, et cetera that about 20-25 people share.  

We might be setting up a second location soon and instead of setting up a WAN between the sites, we want to look into options for online hosting of our files.  We don't really want a "backup" but a realtime solution.  

Can anyone point out some options?  I assume it would make backups easier as well and instead of having to keep a VPN setup everyone could acces files from outside the office as well.

Thanks in advance for any options!
JsmplyAsked:
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dsexton18Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Sounds right they charge .15cents per GB for 40TB's.  So to stor 50GB would cost 7.50 .  They also charge 10cents per GB transfer in.  There is also a cost for transfer out per GB.   So you also have to add thet in to the cost.  Basically they charge you for storage and for bandwith usage per GB

http://aws.amazon.com/s3/#pricing 
Carbonite is a good place also but it's more for an off site backup.   So I don't think it would fit your needs.   It might be worth a call to them to see if they would offer some way to may drives on computers I think it can be done but I don't know about the security issues with users a groups  may not work.  it's only 50.00 per year unlimited storage.  no data transfer fees all data http://www.carbonite.com/
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dsexton, does anyone have any first hand reviews of any of these solutions?  Before we trusted our 25 + user site to an online based system, I'd like to know if anyone has used it.

Our main concerns:

1. Speed, we'd like to be able to basically make it like a mapped network drive, let users access online storage and not know the difference from when it was hosted locally
2. Reliability - Obviously we need it up to do business
3. Security

Thanks so much for your time, and anyone else who replies!
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dbruntonCommented:
I don't know if Google Docs is what you want but you could investigate it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Docs
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dsexton18Commented:
I know amazon offers online storage also.   I have heard good things about them.  I would trust them but that's me.  
http://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Also there is Microsoft Office live space  I have used it.  It's free not sure if it's free fo compenies but it seams easy to use so far.  
http://workspace.officelive.com/
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  Amazon looks promising!  But it says that it would only be $ 10 a month for 60 GB of storage . . . does that sound right?   The question would be how much would it end up costing in transfers though.  If these files are accessed daily, I imagine it could add up.
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dsexton18Commented:
This looks like exactly what you might want.  I found it when looking for flash drives

http://support.livedrive.com/faq/
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dsexton18Commented:
IDrive also a pretty well know provider
http://www.idrive.com/?gclid=CODBuLSH65gCFQO5Ggod8mcB0g
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  I'll post back soon, I'm still going over all the options.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Livedrive looks great!  The only problem is they don't really have any contact information, pricing, etc.  This makes me a little weary.  Has anyone used them before?  
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the posts.  I've looked through the options and they look nice, however there is not much first hand feedback on these companies.  Regardless I will close this out and award the points.  Thanks for all the help!
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thx!
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