Online backup systems are not new but Eclipse has announced details of its new PC Backup service. A basic 0.5GB thirty day free trial option is available for those wanting to try out the software before signing up. The monthly subscriptions run at £3.99 for a 5GB allowance, or 20GB of storage for £4.99 a month.
Off-site backups are something hopefully most small businesses already do, perhaps utilising physical off-site storage. The advantage of an online package like this Eclipse service and other similar services is that it is done directly from your computer once the software is setup.
Consumers are also increasingly using backup services to guard against theft of computers or probably the more common accidental deletion or broken hardware problems. Reasonably priced options are thus often welcomed.
We received a press release last week from Carbonite.co.uk who offer what is in theory an unlimited backup service (a fair usage policy does apply), which at $49.95 for 12 months is generally cheaper than UK based services. Looking closer at the service, while cheap, research shows that the initial uploads to Carbonite are actually very slow taking a number of days to upload the basic data. This does not appear to be a limitation of peoples connections, but rather rate limiting on the part of Carbonite.
Although not new, if looking for a short term backup solution to store data whilst upgrading or moving, Ewedrive may be worth a look. They offer 1GB of storage for free, and charge from 5p per GB per week, with an unlimited option available from £1.90 per week.
While a global economy is good in terms of finding bargains for online services and while we don't mean to suggest Carbonite are going to do anything malicious with customers data, people should consider what the laws are governing protection of their personal data that is stored in online backup systems (particularly if the company is based outside the UK).