Well it's been about 2-3 years since I've had to turn to an outside hosting company. Although I'm quite aware of the industry, I'm not quite sure how hosting just files works. We currently have about 8-9 30 meg backup files that will be remotely uploaded twice per day to this new account.
Can anyone suggest any reliable companies? I'm assuming a VPS or dedicated server will be needed.
Price really isn't an issue... I just want quality.
As well, is it ok to use a "normal" webhost for this if it means staying within my disk usage and bandwidth usage limits?
Well, I can give a big thumbs up to BQ Internet and their backup service. I have primarily dealt with Scott Burns and he is a true professional. He always replies promptly to questions at all hours of the day. He is a true asset to their company and a pleasure to work with. We have been with them going on 2 months and have had zero down time since we signed up.
Thank you for providing so much information! I have a couple more questions if you don't mind...
1. Is it possible to automate the rsync process?
2. Can we set all servers to sync at specific intervals?
3. As well, how does the system notice a "changed" file?
Sorry for all the questions. I've notified some companies and just waiting for a response.
Just to chime in on the technical questions about Rsync:
1. Rsync can be easily automated using the Windows Scheduler on Windows, or Cron on Unix systems.
2. Using the above methods, you can schedule Rsync to run as you wish.
3. When Rsync runs, it first checks the file modification date and size and checks it against the known values for the previous backup run. If there is a difference, it then computes an MD5 hash for various blocks of the files in an attempt to figure out which part of the file has changed. This way, only files that have changed are transferred, and in many cases, only sections of that file need to be transferred.
Last edited by bqinternet; 07-29-2005 at 01:50 AM.