There are a number of different features you may want to consider, such as data security, storage space, and user interface. Itemize your needs in an organized way to ensure an efficient decision-making process.
Research Data Backup Turnkey Solution Features
Outlined below are the key features to look for in an Internet backup service:
Understand the Issues to Consider in Selecting a Data Backup Turnkey Solution
If you're a Macintosh user, an Internet backup service may not meet your needs because most services are PC-only solutions.
Initial (full) backups may take from several hours to an entire night, tying up your Internet connection. If you have a large volume of data to back up and don't have a fast connection, you may not be able to complete your backups overnight. A slow connection may present a challenge in restoring data; if you have a large volume of data to restore after data loss, retrieving it via the Internet may take too long, and you may end up waiting for the backup service to send you a CD before you can restore files.
Research Data Backup Turnkey Solution Costs
Services generally cost between $10 to $20 per month for a license, with the difference in price reflecting the restrictions on data storage. Some services restrict their license to a single PC, while others have no restrictions. However, the services with no restrictions on the license limit the amount of data you can back up so that it isn't practicable for use on multiple PCs anyway. If you have more than 10 PCs to back up, look for volume discounts.
Most services do allow you to request CDs of your data but charge from $30 to $50 per request and may also restrict the number of requests you can make per year.
Find a Data Backup Turnkey Solution Provider
Safeguard Interactive and Connected Corp. offer services with enough storage space to meet the needs of either a small business or a sole proprietor. You may also want to check your Internet service provider for backup services. For example, US West's small-business e-backup offers unlimited backup storage and gives a discount to US West customers.
@Backup sells a service geared more to individuals and sole proprietors. Its storage limits of between 100 MB and 500 MB make it more suitable for backing up a few important files rather than an entire disk drive or server. Driveway (formerly Atreiva Corp.) offers a free service that is aimed squarely at consumers, who can receive as much as 100 MB of storage space in return for providing personal information.
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