Which online backup service is right for you?
Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:26 AM
Backup should be about far more than just price. When I went to retrieve a file from Mozy and found out it had never been backed up, I was reminded of this fact. A security solution that fails quietly has no place in my portfolio.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:34 AM
Data encryption is the must have feature especially, in my opinion, when recommending these types of services, especially for small business.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:57 AM
For Crashplan this amounted to a steady 2% CPU usage and too much memory being used. Mozy was worse in that it seemed to spike my CPU every few seconds disrupting Eye TV Connect software from transmitting smoothly to my iPad.
Crashplan is written in Java which is a big reason why even at idle it is a pig. Mozy is native but apparently still does some sort of processing while set to off.
There appeared to be no convenient way to force these applications to really turn off when I wanted them off. To remove them from memory I had to uninstall them. This is unacceptable to me.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:25 AM
I am currently trying out Carbonite, which has and easy to use client, backs up quickly, has an iPhone app, and seems to work well in general. The only problem for me is that I have used special characters in file and folder names (yeah, yeah, I know) such as apostrophes (') which make all those files and folders unreachable via web browser retrieval, which has never been a problem for me in any other application until now. Also, they have a lot of services that are PC only and state "Mac Coming Soon!", which in my experience can be an indefinite thing.
Thanks to this article I will probably try CrashPlan next. I'm not too hip on the whole "written in Java" thing, but if it works well, it works well.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:32 AM
FYI, CrashPlan offers three levels of encryption, up to 448bit. And you can choose three levels of key security as well.
Mike (from Code 42 Software)
Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:37 AM
I have 3TB worth of drives to do my back up. That's almost double the amount space that my data is taking up on my main drives. So no worries about space. I use Retrospect for all my scheduled backups, and I can control how, when and what it backs up. So except for the monthly or bi-monthly maintenance, I don't have to worry about it. My data remains completely private, and secure. I'm not a number in some companies database. I also have my system set up that I can access my files remotely from any computer. So I always have access to my files.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:55 AM
"You can also customize how long JungleDisk keeps older versions of your files—though you must configure that manually"
Gee, I find that when I customize something, I virtually always have to do it manually. Very few apps seem to be able to read my mind, unfortunately.
I've had good luck with JungleDisk for both backup and syncing multiple machines, and though its UI may not be the greatest, it would appear to be the winner in overall flexibility. Plus they have a free iOS app that can retrieve your files.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:18 AM
I've started doing full back ups weekly and storing it "off-site" at my father in law's house. Not perfect, but something to consider too. And "free"...
Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:19 AM
Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:22 AM
I've been seriously thinking about switching, so this article is very interesting to me.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:32 AM
Backblaze has been a much better option for me. I particularly like the option of being able to restore individual files via the Backblaze website, something Mozy did not offer at the time I used it (I don't know if they offer this now).
The individual file access is a huge advantage to me.
Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:52 AM