Online backup

Online backup

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A client visited me today and convinced me of the benefits of online backups. I'd always been thinking about it but I kept putting off the action due to the fluid state of the market.

I've got a new computer with 3 Tb hard disk and an external hard disk with 3 Tb for backup. I looked at my folders and files and I realised that if I moved some less important files and folders I can manage with synching 50 Gb of data. I didn't want the hassle of moving any important files - it was a nightmare sorting out Outlook last time I moved my pst file -  so I discounted the solutions that needed you to backup a folder that you had to move folders and files to. I don't need to access data from different computers either.

I have chosen Cubby www.cubby.com 

They charge about £50 per year per user per 100 Gb which seems very reasonable. I just select what folders I want to backup and they are marked as a Cubby folder. I think you can link data from computer to computer for free if you are so inclined but seeing as I'm not interested in that I didn't look into it properly.

I know a lot of people use dropbox and there's issues of data security but what recommendations do people have?

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By FirstTab
12th Feb 2013 00:35

Google Drive
Being a Google Apps user I have gone for Google Drive.

Prior to this I was using dropbox. I was very happy with dropbox. It just made sense to move to Google Drive. No problems with this.

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By redman7
12th Feb 2013 06:28

Dropbox

I use Dropbox. Maybe I shouldn't but I do and it's a real time saver. Being able to share folders with clients to let them dump documents in is something I've only recently started and it's super efficient and clients seem to love it. My client base (creative industries) all seem to be Dropbox users already, which obviously helps.

 

But the question was around cloud backup and it performs this task beautifully as well as keeping my laptop and pc synchronised.

 

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By petersaxton
12th Feb 2013 07:53

Other options

Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive are allreasonably priced for small amounts of data. After having computer problems I didn't want to move my pst file yet again in a couple of months. When I started considering my photos and vast amounts of documents I have stored with business advice on I felt I'd rather just store a large amount of data in the cloud than review it for important stuff and £50 per year means I don't have to consider it.

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By merlyn
12th Feb 2013 07:54

Google and Rackspace

Personally we use googledrive and Rackspace to ensure if one of them has an issue we have a backup at the other.

 

All data is encrypted prior to it being send to the storage provider so they have no access to any of our client information or if they are hacked it adds another layer of security.

 

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By petersaxton
12th Feb 2013 07:59

Cubby warning

I have one BIG reservation with Cubby. It takes a long time to sync. I estimate it will take a few weeks for my initial upload. People say dropbox is a lot faster.

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By girlofwight
12th Feb 2013 09:41

AV and firewall
I found the initial synch to DB - just under 50gb - took a couple of days.

I took the pressure off my broadband by buying some credit on a Three dongle and letting that take the strain - I get better speeds off that than fixed line anyway.

At the end DB slowed right down and seemed to stick. DB support weren't helpful, but so e searching came up with a suggestion of temporarily disabling AV and firewall (machine level, not router level) - which I did. Things finished off quickly then and I re enabled them afterwards. For security I closed all other email and web activity during that time on that machine.

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By merlyn
12th Feb 2013 09:47

firewall

girlofwight wrote:
suggestion of temporarily disabling AV and firewall (machine level, not router level) - which I did. Things finished off quickly then and I re enabled them afterwards. For security I closed all other email and web activity during that time on that machine.

A firewall doesn't stop hackers (or other) getting into your data based on the applications you are running.

It's designed to stop them accessing data on your machine regardless of what apps you have running, it also guards against online attacks designed to get stuff like viruses, spyware and rootkits installed on your machine.

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By girlofwight
12th Feb 2013 09:51

Yep, aware of that. Simple precautions though.

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By merlyn
12th Feb 2013 08:04

Line Speeds

Depending on the speed of your line to the internet 50gig is going to take quite some time whichever provider you go with.

 

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12th Feb 2013 09:18
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By petersaxton
12th Feb 2013 20:26

Sorry

Yes, I should have looked for other threads.

I've found that my computer went to sleep when I did. I've changed my settings and it's taken all the day to sync 4 Gb. I suppose it will be fine once I get the initial upload done.

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By merlyn
12th Feb 2013 21:36

hopefully
Hopefully it won't do a comparison every time you want to sync ;-)

I would reccomend looking at encryption just in case your cloud provider gets hacked, truecrypt is very good an free.

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