Skip to comments.Need Online Backup not Carbonite (Vanity)
Posted on 04/25/2012 8:27:21 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
I run a small office in NYC and need to do online backup to cover my Office for data.
I refuse to use carbonite due to how they treated Rush.
I don't have huge needs, just basic office needs.
Any alternatives to Carbonite?
Your timing is good. This is almost ready to roll.
Crashplan might be an option for you.
Amazon S3 http://aws.amazon.com/s3/ is bare bones cloud storage but quite cheap. I am using something like 20GB a month or thereabouts and paying $2 a month. However, they don’t give you an app for backup, only the storage. I use linux and duplicity for the app.
Here is a comparison:
Watch the wrap or Google it.. Good luck.
I use um and like um.
They are Minnesota based. So if they screw up, I can drive to their offices and file my complaint in person :)
For the illiterates like myself, what does that mean?
I probably have about 10 gig of space currently for word files and PDFs.
Next question? (LOL)
Sheesh, pay a service company a fee for service, or just do it yourself.
Can you tell us something about your network ecosystem? Do you have a server? If so what operating system does it have? Do you have applications like email (Exchange?) or active databases running? Are you looking just to back up the server or also clients? What operating systems to the clients/desktops have?
After carbonite bailed pn rush I won’t use them. Had a massive fail this week in the office and want to be protected.
Bump - I am looking to replace the backstabbing Carbonite also...
Tiny law office - 2 users. Have about 8 years worth of scans and word docs. I also want to back up my iTunes etc.
I have a tiny office catering to construction clients and do well, but we had a SHTF moment this week and my assistant convinced me we need to do this.
It means that for cloud storage you need several pieces:
1. The cloud storage itself.
2. The app that runs on your computer(s) that backs up your data to the cloud.
3. The bandwidth that connects #1 and #2 above.
Amazon S2 gives you #1. You have to find #2 yourself. This should not be hard to do - I know the answer for linux. Not sure for windows.
(Note that carbonite is in the business of supplying #1 and #2 together, a convenience for which they are able to charge a premium).
we run windows XP, have a scan file for everything scanned through our copier and multi machine through a network, and have word docs.
I don’t want to use carbonite after the rush event.
just looking for somewhere to backup my scan files, wrd docs, iTunes, and some. Minor other bs.
Your ISP might provide space as part of your service.
MS Cloud, SkyDrive, provides varying amounts, including free.
Even though I really have nothing to hide, I wouldn’t trust any 3rd party to have access to my entire hard drives. The potential for monkey business is just too great, IMO.
That’s why I’ve always shied away form O/L backups.
Check out today’s WSJ in which Walter Mossberg compares several options, incluging the newest Google service.
I agree, but aftercthis week, we had a OMFG moment in the office and need backup off site.
Get two hard drives...backup all your files onto both of them. Keep one in the office for local / daily backup and then keep the other in your safe deposit box or at your house.
Once a week or once a month switch them out.
That is simple.
With absolutely no monetary interest, try sugarsync. Cheap, unobtrusive, free trial. My wife’s files were critical to her happiness, and therefor to mine, and now we’re good. You can find reviews online.
If you have been listening to Rush, Hannity et al, you would have heard of a new sponsor http://mozy.com/
“Even though I really have nothing to hide, I wouldnt trust any 3rd party to have access to my entire hard drives. The potential for monkey business is just too great, IMO.”
BINGO! “Cloud” is just another fancy name for “another entity which hosts your information”. If I wanted my online stuff accessed from another location in the word, we use remote viewers to access our pc’s anytime, anywhere. Or better yet, bring our compact external hard drives.
Microsoft’s Sky Drive is free and provides 25 GB.
Get two hard drives with RAID capability and if your motherboard doesn’t support RAID then buy a RAID adapter card. RAID can be made to copy to both hard drives at the same time so that one of them is essentially a backup.
I’ve been doing online backup for almost 10 years.
I never used Carbonite because it was obvious to me that there were much better online backup services.
I used Mozy until Mozy decided to price itself out of the business several years ago. I then looked at all the alternatives and decided that CrashPlan was the best service and the best deal.
I’ve been using CrashPlan for several years and would highly recommend them.
You could look into “Cloudberry” for Windows.
This program will cost you $30, it fits into Amazon’s S3 storage which costs about $.10 a GB.
This will encrypt your data so there is no security risk.
I used to use Mozy but it wouldn’t let me backup my email. I’ve now switched to Sugarsync.
Even though I really have nothing to hide, I wouldnt trust any 3rd party to have access to my entire hard drives. The potential for monkey business is just too great, IMO.
BINGO! Cloud is just another fancy name for another entity which hosts your information. If I wanted my online stuff accessed from another location in the word, we use remote viewers to access our pcs anytime, anywhere. Or better yet, bring our compact external hard drives.
Encrypt your backed up data and security concerns are essentially nil.
Thanks . So far I have looked at mozy and crashplan
Both look ok.
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