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Paid Post: Online Storage and Data Backup

Posted by Melanie Phung on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Short post about something not related to search engines, but an important reminder nonetheless: if you don’t have enterprise support for data storage, there are online backup options you can consider.

I have terrible luck with computers — my current work laptop has some sort of issue that causes it to spontaneously shut down at random intervals (it doesn’t even go through the shut down process, it just turns off); at my previous job I triggered Microsoft’s Blue Screen of death not once, not twice, but three times; my personal laptop went flying off my desk a few too many times after I tripped over the cord until the thingamajig that the power cord plugs into stopped working entirely (thank goodness my friend was able to rescue the harddrive) — so I really ought to make it a regular habit to back up my computer. But of course I don’t — I imagine I’m like most non-power-users in that way. Actually, I’ve learned enough about my terrible luck that I save all my work documents directly to the network because at least that gets backed up regularly. Now if only my connection to the network wouldn’t crap out so often.

The only thing I back up on my personal computer is my photographs because Flickr makes so easy. But aside from that I haven’t really considered online backup as an option, since that tends to be slow.

But one of the advertisers on PayPerPost is advertising its online backup and online storage for small businesses as enterprise-class. IBackup Online Storage starts at $9.95 for 5 gigs a month and offers a variety of add-on and collaborative features. Their service has won a number of computer magazine awards.

Frankly, since my home computer storage needs are pretty minimal (outside of my photography), it would probably make more sense for me to do all my backups onto disk (see above for story on how I have an extra harddrive sitting around for that purpose). However, if you could use an online storage/backup solution, go visit this post’s sponsor for a free trial.

This has been a paid post.

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