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Our previous post on using Amazon S3 storage service as a personal back-up option was quite popular. Though many pointed out that backing to that service wasn’t all that easy. Jeremy Zawodny has come up with a list of popular tools to help you with all […]

Our previous post on using Amazon S3 storage service as a personal back-up option was quite popular. Though many pointed out that backing to that service wasn’t all that easy. Jeremy Zawodny has come up with a list of popular tools to help you with all that. Of the lot, the best one from ease of use standpoint seems to be JungleDisk.

Still, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle and are looking for simple solutions, AOL, Box.Net and quite a few other services offer upto 5 GB storage for free. There are some file size restrictions, but hey, they are free.

On the paid side of things, Joseph Scott finds that Dreamhost is actually a better deal than S3, especially if you are dealing in huge amounts of data. Not sure if they are as reliable as S3, so you might have to make that call.

I am currently using this new product offering from Joyent: Bingo Disk which gives you 100 GB of disk available via WebDAV for $199/year. No restrictions. I think it is something worth trying out. And if you do, use the code “gigaom” during the check-out process as Promo Code and you get $20 off the first year.

  1. Ross McDowall Sunday, October 8, 2006

    I have also been researching online backup and found Carbonites service at $5 a month for unlimted backup excellent. I now have over 50GB backed up. Not sure if they are using S3 but I suspect so.

    If you use this link you get a free extra month when signing up for the first year. Link

  2. I’ve been using Mozy for a few weeks and really like it. 2 gigs are free, but 30 gigs only sets you back $4.95 a month. It’s also a really simple set up.

    Defintely worth a look… http://mozy.com/

  3. I would NOT recommend Dreamhost.

    1.) No phone number. Try Googling Dreamhost and phone number. It’s kind of funny. It was a total pain in the butt to get in touch with them. It would take 48 hours for a reply that wouldn’t answer my question, another email, another 48 hours.

    2.) About a month ago we were booted without warning due to too many connections. We were using just over 10% of the bandwidth we were allocated and 10% of the webspace we were allocated. There is no way to know how many connections you have at once. There was no way they could upgrade us, they said.

    3.) Their control panel is clunky.

    That said, yes, they’re cheap. If you’re going to just park files, then it should be fine, unless you have 200 connections an hour.


  4. Jungle Disk
    IS easy, but
    filicio
    (online access, even sharing) is even easier and
    sync2s3
    is just as simple.

  5. Tom Markiewicz Monday, October 9, 2006

    I agree with ScottW’s comments on Mozy. I’ve been using them for over 6 months now and the backup process has been very smooth. They’ve also been consistently releasing updates to the software. I’ve also been experimenting a bit with Jungle Disk and I like it so far. Mozy is set up to be completely automated though which is mandatory IMO for backing up crucial data. It has been giving me hiccups on my large 1GB+ Outlook pst file though.

  6. I have been doing remote backup for several years now, I’ve tried .Mac, @Backup, Carbonite and recently Mozy. They all have their good features and I always got to the point that either the price or the service made me not renew my subscription. I have got to say that BackupRight has been working for me and the pricing is tough to beat for what you get.

  7. I just want to warn users before they get all excited that JungleDisk since it’s still very buggy. It is very Alpha software and has many bugs which can snag you and make uploading GBs a royal pain. It errors out and doesn’t continue, hangs, has caching issues, etc. It is just simply not robust or reliable yet.

    Eventually it will become a worldclass client for using S3, but for now consider yourself warned that many people find it to be buggy and it will probably not work for you at one point or another.

    The other cheap and cheerful service, Carbonite, works well BUT they have an aweful security policy that leaves your data at great risk. Unless you encrypt your data BEFORE you upload it Carbonite is NOT a safe service to use. Their CEO, DB admin, and who knows all have direct access to your data. If the DB admin get pissed think of how much damage he can do? If their server gets hacked think of how screwed you will be all because Carbonite keeps a database of all the keys to everyone’s data available to their staff.

    Do not I repeat do NOT use any service which does not let you encrypt your data with your own private key. S3 offers it both ways but if you’ve even been paying the slightest bit of attention to how invasive the Gov has gotten, you’ll agree that putting your encryption key where a company can get to it is a major no no.

  8. Thank you for the link to Bingo disk! I’m glad I came back to this older post. I was looking for an inexpensive WebDAV server that didn’t require a web interface for our organization’s Acrobat 8 shared reviews. We don’t need that much space, so the 25 GB version does the job nicely and with the promo code, for only $44 per year. I just needed a WebDAV server that works from the OS X Finder and XP Network places that I didn’t have to host locally…this is perfect. Everything else I looked at charged a higher fee. I was even considering .Mac at one point. Thanks again, boss man. :-)

  9. Has anyone checked out Tilana Reserve?

    Tilana Reserve…
    – protects files securely, off-site
    – syncs file between your computers
    – includes Web access
    – keeps versions when you save
    – archives deleted files
    – makes it easy to retrieve files
    – works in the background

    You can use Tilana Reserve on as many computers as you want. The software doesn’t cost anything – just download it for free from the website.

    Whenever you create a file, or save changes, Tilana Reserve updates the files to your personal space at the Tilana Reserve off-site data center.

    You don’t have to swap out tapes, manage backup disks, or even remember to press a button, like some external backup drives.

    When you protect files in Tilana Reserve, you can also sync them between any of your computers on the same account. Every time you save a file, the new version gets protected in the data center, and your other computers automatically get it from there, so they’re always current.

    Check it out at http://www.tilana.com

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