Offsite Data Backup with Unlimited Storage

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 12:41 am in

The amount of data we all use every day is increasing quite fast. And for private use it’s not such a problem, because you can buy a 1TB-HDD for less than 80Euro (for business use with FC or SAS HDD’s it’s a completly different story).

So after you bought a couple of harddisks you would have enough space to store all your files. But do you ever invested a thought to a Backup? Of course, modern hard disks would live longer than they are used, but we all know Murphy’s Law’s. So never trust too much in technology πŸ˜‰

After thinking about some possibilities i ended with the “Cloud-Solution” πŸ˜‰ I mean storing all my data on a the storages of a company anywhere in the world has a couple of advantages:

  • Easy sync of local data (rsync, FTP, Webdav…)
  • Your data is also available when you’re abbroach
  • If a real big disaster occur to you equipment (got stolen, fire, water, whatever) you still have it available
  • You haven’t care about the data handling
  • No additional hard disks which lay around your desk
  • If you’re creative enough you’ll find some more πŸ˜‰

But the most Cloud-Storage provider were too expensive for my little private budget πŸ˜‰ After some searching i’ve found Online Storage Solution

They provide unlimited online storage for just 19$ per year. Yes, it’s an ANNUAL FEE.

So I’ve ordered an account to try it out and since about an month i’m an happy customer. Some features of this provider:

  • Unlimited Storage
  • Accessible per Web-Interface, rsync, FTP, WebDAV and CIFS
  • Unlimited Sub-Users which can be manged by yourself

I’ve currently about 1TB online and still no troubles πŸ˜‰ Also the bandwidth is OK. I’m getting an average of 5MByte/s (40MBit/s) from US or from Europe.

Some of you may think that there won’t be support if you really need it. But i had troubles a week ago accessing my data. When i’ve logged on i’ve just saw an empty directory ;). But after sending a mail i’ve got my first response within 15Minutes (just think about the time difference between US and Europe). After about 45Minutes the problem was solved and i’ve got my data back πŸ˜‰

The most data for the “initial sync” was uploaded with the internet connection of my company (100MBit up/down) via WebDAV. I use BitKinex ( for that job. It’s and freeware FTP, SFTP and WebDav client. You can easily create jobs or queues, automatically syncs and stuff like that. And it’s really stable, so it’s handles 50GB uploads easily πŸ˜‰

It’s also possible to access your account with different protocols at the same time. So I’m normally have an rsync running from my home Alix-Board (where my external hard disks are attached) and upload some large files (like Movies or ISO’s) from another connection.

I’ve googled a little bit about the company and the most opinions where quite bad. Maybe this service was bad in the past. But i’m quite happy with it. Specially for this price πŸ˜‰

So in my opinion, if you need a backup of your data, give them a try. I haven’t another service which offers unlimited storage for this little price. And if you don’t trust them, you can still encrypt your data and upload it then πŸ˜‰

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