Posted by: Brianw168
First, I’d like to say hi to everyone. It is a great pleasure to start my blog here.
I have been looking at Online Backup recently and I’d like to share some of my findings.
Online backup sounds to be a great concept and many online backup services have been in business for a while. The leaders include Mozy and Carbonite. I personally think that everyone should have some kind of backup strategy and online backup should be a great option for most. The technology is mature enough for online backup and the user base is there. But it doesn’t seem to me that online backup has gained enough attention from consumers.
One of the interesting things I noticed is the price model of most online services. Most of them offer a flat fee for “Unlimited” storage. Sounds pretty good, right? But let’s take a close look at “Unlimited”, is it really unlimited? I evaluated the features of a few online backup applications, surprisingly; almost all the services who claim to offer “Unlimited” storage don’t support “versioning”, which I believe is a critical feature for a “backup” solution. Almost all “unlimited” storage backup services are really one-way folder synchronization instead of backup. If you delete a file from your local drive, the backed up files will be deleted from the backup servers. This makes “Unlimited” claim misleading because there is no way your storage usage can exceed your local drive capacity. It is understandable why the services providers do this because they don’t want your storage usage to be out of control.
I think it is important for consumers to be aware of those when you choose an online backup service. We looked at some individual services and online backup applications and I will follow up with some more information in my later posts.