jaymz: Personally i would shell out the money for tape backup, but it comes back to how much is your data worth to the company?
jaymz: Ah the old, tape backup vs disk backup debate.
jaymz: The only alteration i would make is that the backup goes to a RAID protected storage rather than a basic USB drive.
I have not used online backup before, and i don't think i ever will. I do have questions about it for people who have used it:
- How easy is it to restore data/files?
- How secure is your data, what sort of guarantee is there that the online storage company won't lose your data.
Overclocker01: As the reception PC is always on is there anyway to set synctoy as a service?
jaymz: @amanzi, Any small business would be very unwise to not keep a backup for at least 7 years. As for backing up your critical business data to a USB device with only one drive in it (single point of failure) i would have to say that would be the worst idea.
Just ask anyone who has lost data that way, I had a client come to me asking to recover data from his 2 USB hard drives cause his laptop got nicked. And what do you know, both drives had failed. His data was worth alot to him so i sent the drives off for professional recovery, at nearly $10000 i think investing in a RAID protected storage for around $500 is much better.
Sorry if i come off a bit strong, but i get a bit annoyed when people think USB drives are a suitable backup solution for small businesses.