I've been searching for a comprehensive online backup solution
for quite some time. I want to follow the sage wisdom I heard from Alex Lindsay about the 3-2-1 backup rule
. With Windows Home Server, I had finally got all of my computers backing up automatically, and it has actually aided in one restore of a dead hard drive. But not having an offsite backup has gnawed at me for a while. What if someone steals my computer stuff from my house? Fire? Tornado? All of those backups are useless in those cases.
I looked at Carbonite and Mozy, but they both refuse to backup WHS. This is imperative to me because I store my media (pictures, videos, musics, etc.) on a share on my WHS device. Having to store those files locally just to please a backup service was not appealing to me. Amazon S3 was going to be too expensive. Other options seemed immature. So I waited. And I waited.
Along came CrashPlan
. They embrace WHS
. They support Mac and Windows. They have an iPhone app (and Android) to check on things on the go. There are a ton of other features that make this an attractive offering (multiple backup destinations, secure, unlimited storage, etc.). Finally, it is dirt cheap. I have all of the computers in my house automatically backing up to the cloud for just $6 a month. It's nice to see that a company understands that homes have networks, and doesn't lump them into an enterprise-grade price.
If you're not backing up to the cloud, I highly recommend giving CrashPlan a try. If they had a referral program, I'd probably be able to retire because I'd be pumping them up at every turn! :)
[I have not been contacted by, compensated by, or otherwise asked to post this. I'm just reporting my satisfaction with a service that I've been looking for since 2009.]