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  • With the whole Quickbooks scare yesterday (data now fully restored!), I'm investigating some better practices for our small network backup. We run local backups to a server with mirrored drives, so if a laptop or desktop fails we have backups. If a drive on the server fails, we have 2 redundant drives capturing the same data. Plus I have a 2TB Seagate External drive where I back up all photos (the lifeblood of our work) just to be safe. However, right now we do not have any offsite storage in place. In case of a physical fire, flood, or disaster of some sort we'd be at risk of losing our data (files, reports, estimates, photos, etc...) Any suggestions or recommendations on offsite storage for redundancy and disaster recovery. Cloud storage or online backup providers? Pros/Cons? Ideally I need this: 1. Automatic behind the scenes 2. Easy to setup, configure and use 3. Affordable for a small office budget 4. Remote access


    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:00 AM

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  • Offsite as in not local in our office. Cloud storage is technically offsite on someone else's server array. Same with online backup too.

    I use MultCloud - www.multcloud.com It helps me manage several cloud services in one place. It is free 

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:15 AM
  • Have you checked out Azure backup http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/

    I believe that is a solution that would work really well for you.


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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:06 PM
  • Hi Tottweek,
    One thing to consider with any off-site solution is the time to recovering in the event of a site disaster. This would mostly depend on your internet connection speed if using cloud backup, or on the service time agreed in the case of a physical courier.

    If your dependent on your internet connection to retrieve your backups that could take a very long time depending on the amount of data you have, especially given that if your main site is down you may be working from a temporary location with limited connectivity.



    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:24 AM
  • Hi Tottweek,
    One thing to consider with any off-site solution is the time to recovering in the event of a site disaster. This would mostly depend on your internet connection speed if using cloud backup, or on the service time agreed in the case of a physical courier.

    If your dependent on your internet connection to retrieve your backups that could take a very long time depending on the amount of data you have, especially given that if your main site is down you may be working from a temporary location with limited connectivity.

    Edit: Apologies above post was on the wrong account.

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    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:45 AM
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    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:20 AM
  • Hello,

    since this is a Microsoft Forum my first idea is about backing up to Microsoft BLOB storage. It is supported by the manufacturer of your Operating System and you can get a test account. I would check if that solution fits before i look somewhere else.
    http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/

    Regards,

    Thomas


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    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 9:31 PM