This is my first review on WHT as I do not normally like to review my providers good or bad but I thought this one wouldn't hurt.
Anyways, we were looking for off-site backup for our business website as we currently only use r1soft which is located in the same data center / company as our web server and I feel you should always have some form of off-site backup as a last resort as after all it is your business and if you care about then you should expect the worst and prepare for the worst.
Anyhow, I have seen a lot of people recommend BQBackup as a rsync/ftp offsite backup solution so I thought I give them a try so I ordered there basic package $5 for 10GB. I received my information within 24 hours on a Saturday which I thought was excellent and Scott was willing to help even though I was fine on my own. The speeds are great and I have had no problems.
All & All pricing is dirt cheap , setup time is great and I won't look back.
If you are at SoftLayer you can have a R1Soft backup server in another part of the country (Dallas, Washington D.C., or Seattle) that still uses 100% private networking and is officially off-site
Originally Posted by Scott.Mc
Cannot be considered for disaster recovery purposes, what if something happens to softlayer so it's not officially off-site.
I determine off-site as in not on-site (on location) or in the same physical location.
It is of course a good idea to have backups with another provider in another facility However I believe that if something were to happen to SoftLayer it wouldn't be an over-night all servers powered off in all three data centers sort of situation and if it were it would be something that you could see coming.
Also having R1Soft at all (even on-site) is more than a vast majority of providers I've interacted with have done Of course there are good and bad providers out there and the end user should always maintain their own backups just in case!
Thanks for the good comments, Derek and everyone else!
Originally Posted by JustinAY
I love Scott from BQ Backup. Hes a very friendly guy, cute too.
This one deserves special note. Thanks Justin... always a joker!
Originally Posted by MikeDVB
However I believe that if something were to happen to SoftLayer it wouldn't be an over-night all servers powered off in all three data centers sort of situation
With a multi-location server provider, there's not much chance of all of their locations being offline due to physical reasons. The real concern would be their network, which could potentially cause loss of access to all of their datacenters. Route hijacking, router software bugs, and simple human error can all potentially bring down a multi-POP network.