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Old 08-02-2011, 10:40 AM
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I am a Carbonite user and I like their service. For $60/yr I don't have to think about or remember to do anything to protect my data. All well and good, except it's for Windows and Mac only. I use Ubuntu almost exclusively now, except for a couple of Windows things that I can move away from, and I want to continue backing up my stuff from a Linux environment.

I need an online offsite storage solution at a reasonable cost. I use it to store photos, music and personal documents. I currently have 35-40 GB stored, but I'm sure there are a ton of photos there I don't need or want. Too lazy to clean it up.

What's a good, cost effective, appropriate for the lazy backup solution? I've looked at the Amazon thing and the pricing is confusing to me, can't figure it out.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:17 AM
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I've been looking into Crashplan.com as I'm seeking to automate and streamline my hodgepodge of offsite backups. It works on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and also includes local backup features.
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Just get a cheap webhosting plan and use that space. Most of them give you at least 100GB of storage. You'll also get an FTP server out of it. It is not an automatic service like Carbonite, but you can pretty easily set up something to automate it.
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Online backup services have additional advantages over a web hosting service, such as block-level deduplication to reduce data transmission for incremental backups.
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I need an online offsite storage solution at a reasonable cost. I use it to store photos, music and personal documents. I currently have 35-40 GB stored, but I'm sure there are a ton of photos there I don't need or want. Too lazy to clean it up.
Amazon S3. It'll cost you (@ 40GB) about $67.2 a year for the high redundancy storage, or $44.64 @ the reduced level.

It's free to upload, but will cost to download back. It's meant as a backup service.
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You can use rsync to do your backups to the webhost to avoid duplicating data. If he's running Ubuntu it's probably a one line rsync command that could be scheduled as a cron job.
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go straight to the source man, get Amazon S3 and use Deja Dup. It is cheap and pay only what you use.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:48 PM
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re Amazon, what happens when I decide I need to dl GB's data? what kind of cost are we talking about?

if Crashplan is only $50/yr, why would i go with more expensive options?
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You can use rsync to do your backups to the webhost to avoid duplicating data. If he's running Ubuntu it's probably a one line rsync command that could be scheduled as a cron job.
Yes, but rsync isn't so straightforward when the destination is a remote machine, as the rsync must be running on both the source and destination if it's going to avoid duplication.
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s3 pricing
http://aws.amazon.com/s3/pricing/
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