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Online Backup Solutions - Experiences/opinions?

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#1 usasma


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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:48 AM

Anyone have any experience with online backup services? I'm considering backing up my wife's office data (about 750 mB a day) to an online server and would like to hear of your experiences that are similar.

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 12:26 PM


I have had many experiences with FREE online storage.

* I used to and still use Diino.
* I have currently signed up to Gigacities whch let you have 20Gb for FREE and also Best Free Webspace which lets you have 25Gb FREE. I use FTP to transfer files but I can use the standard browser to upload and download files to and from my account.
* MediaMax lets you have 25Gb FREE storage. this doesn't have to be media, it can be anything you want. You can have FTP access but it's a bit topsy turvy at the moment if you know what I mean!
* I always look at Free Webspace and Free Hosting because it has loads of FREE webspace and hosting companies letting you shove your stuff on their servers!

It really depends on what you want, whether you want FREE or paid for online backup solutions. And also whether you want online backup or just online file sharing. This all depends on what you're going to put on their servers. If it's pornographic then they have every right to delete it without your permission. If you're going to host a website on them then that is very easy - I am currently thinking about this! And finally you can use it just for file sharing and sending large files to friends.

There is software around to backup to many types of media (CDs, DVDs, HDD, FTP, and many more). It depends on how much storage you want and at so little price. I always go for FREE because I like getting things for FREE and not having to pay for them!

I hope this helps and I'm sorry if I have waffled on and repeated my self.



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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:29 PM

Excellent. This will come in handly for my brother hopefully. He is rather new to pcs and cant handle ftps. Living thousands of kilometers away this should solve his problem.

Thank you.

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:48 PM

In searching for info on backup software, I stumbled on your query about online backup and data storage. You may have long since found what you were looking for and be committed to it by now, but I have recently started using Amazon Web Services S3 (Simple Storage Solution) for online backup and am really delighted with it. Data security and integrity are as good as you are going to get and, while not free, the price is excellent. If you are not already familiar with S3, it is definitely worth checking out.

My understanding is that S3 data storage is hosted on the same Rackspace servers as Amazon's own data and that all data is stored in three different locations and in at least two different geographic regions. For this, you are charged 15 cents per month per GB. There are similarly trivial upload/download charges. The only wrinkle is that Amazon does not provide any front end or interface for S3, so you have to bring your own software, so to speak. Amazon provides links to a number of applications and services that support or use S3. After looking around a lot and experimenting a little, I am using a program called Jungle Disk. If there is a better online data backup solution than the AWS S3 / Jungle Disk combination, I don't know what it is.

If you are interested in checking it out, here are some useful links:

The first is Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, on Security Now, interviewing Dave Wright who wrote Jungle Disk. Their discussion covers AWS and S3 as well as Jungle Disk. Scroll down the page to episode 123, entitled Jungle Disk. The pertinent discussion begins about the 18 minutes and 40 seconds point.


The second is the Amazon Web Services, Simple Storage Solution (Amazon S3) page


And, finally, the Jungle Disk site


As you can probably tell, I am pretty enthusiastic about Amazon S3 and Jungle Disk. If you are already familiar with this information or have already found another solution that satisfies your requirements, maybe these rambllings will be helpful to someone else.


Edited by kudzu, 31 January 2008 - 12:52 PM.

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