Re: Back up routines

On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Eric
Gerlach<egerlach@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 10:02:06AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:

My granfather and his accountant were alternately bringing home 13"
disk packs 30 years ago.  They've obviously got newer hardware now
(tape drives), and he's passed on, but the blazingly simple task is
still the same: bring your important data off-site every night.

It's just Something You Do.

s/do/used to do/

Sure, your grandfather did it, but give any small-business owner these two

1. Every day, bring this drive in, plug it in, run this program, then take it
home at night; or

2. Pay Amazon $3/mo and don't worry about it;

and I bet over 80% of them choose #2.  They'll say "The time it takes me to do
that for one week is worth more than $3, let alone for the whole month!".  The
ones who choose #1 don't value their time enough, IMO.

It depends on the amount of data you have. If you're a decent-sized
small business with a lot of databases to back up and you're pushing
10 GB nightly, then it's more like $33/mo, assuming you never actually
have to use the backup. If you have to *use* the backup, your restore
process will be constrained to the speed of your internet connection,
which could result in some very significant downtime which may or may
not be acceptable for your business.

Each way has advantages and disadvantages; there isn't a
one-size-fits-all for this.

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