I've been looking for an affordable, simple online backup solution for my Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) clients. Something that can backup SQL databases as well as your typical Office docs - Word, Excel, PDF, etc. I've experienced too many situations where people have lost critical accounting data. My moto is "You can never have too many backups!"
So in my search, i've started using an online backup service called Dr. Backup
. I really hate using tape drives so this is part of my 2-stage backup plan. I use an external USB hard drive for my typical daily full backups and then i'm using the online backup program to grab just the critical, frequently changing data and store it offsite via the Internet. So if my office burns to the ground, i'll have my critical data safely stored offsite. Best part is this is all automatic - i don't have to swap tapes or remember to burn DVD's anymore. Nice.
The interface is much like your typical backup software - you select a schedule, full/incremental/differential backup type, etc. It'll send you an email notification at the end of each job so you know if it was successful or not.
When using this in conjunction with a backup tool like NTBackup (part of Windows Server or Small Business Server), make sure you set the "backup type" of your NTBackup job to a "copy" type, rather than "normal" backup type. This way the NTBackup will not reset the archive flag. The online backup software will need to see the archive flag. There is a command-line parameter for NTbackup - "/m" where you can specify this. Check the help on ntbackup.exe for details.
You can buy the service in different sizes, from 1 GB to 50 GB. That is the compressed size. It compresses the data prior to uploading it. The compression was good on my SQL backups (Great Plains, Sharepoint and Microsoft CRM). I got about 80% compression on the SQL BAK files.
You can get a free trial for 30 days. That's really the best way to check it out and see if it will meet your needs. So head on over to the Dr.Backup Remote Online Backup website
and get started. You can use my "Referred by" code of "Triton" to get a bonus 300 MB in your account.