What, in your opinion, is the single best provider for remote backups?

The reason I ask, is that I have a lot of personal and business information which currently is only backed up to a server in the same building (my house) and I want to add a second reliable off-site backup.

There are so many out there and I'm so confused on which to go for.

So, who do think is the best?

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Although Jungle Disk is definitely a good backup solution, the best that I've found for a wide number of reasons is Mozy.

On the surface, both clients are very similar:

  1. Both solutions are set-it-and-forget it. Mozy backs up slowly in the background whenever you're connected to the Internet; Jungle Disk backs up at regularly scheduled intervals. I personally prefer Mozy's approach, but it really shouldn't make any difference.
  2. Both securely encrypt your back-up data.
  3. Both are cross-platform. Mozy runs on Windows and Mac; Jungle Disk runs on those, plus Linux.
  4. In Windows, both allow you to view your backed-up data as a disk drive. I'm unsure whether Jungle Disk allows you to do this on Mac; Mozy does not.
  5. Both allow you to grab your back-up files from any machine, having the side-effect of giving you a poor man's Dropbox

But there are some key areas where they're different, and these mostly favor Mozy:

  1. Mozy keeps snapshots of your machine for the last 30 days automatically; I don't believe that Jungle Disk does.
  2. On the flip side, Jungle Disk allows you to keep a snapshot of what your machine looked like on a given date on S3 indefinitely; Mozy purges backups older than 30 days.
  3. To compensate, Mozy can ship you DVDs of your backups—useful if you want archives, and irreplaceable if you have a catastrophic failure and don't want or can't wait around to download hundreds of gigabytes of data over the Internet over several days. Given you're backing up a lot of business information, the difference between a lengthy download time and overnight FedEx for your data is something you should seriously consider.
  4. Mozy is almost certainly far cheaper than Jungle Disk for your needs. Mozy is $5/month per computer, with each computer getting unlimited storage; because Jungle Disk uses S3, you will be charged for data transfer and data storage, which may be significant if you have a large volume of data. I have 70 GB of data I back up on Mozy, which would cost me $10.50 in data storage alone—more than double Mozy.
  5. Mozy allows you to see previous versions of any file on your system for the past 30 days simply by right-clicking the file in any Explorer or file dialog—basically giving you lightweight versioning for all your files
  6. Mozy set-up is far simpler: just download the client, enter your login information, and you're done. Jungle Disk requires you set up an S3 account, then download their software, then tie the two together. Likely not an issue for a Stack Overflow member, but something to consider if you need off-site backup for someone less technically literate than yourself.

I don't honestly think you can go wrong with either solution, but I do think that Mozy is an easier, more useful solution for common backups, while simultaneously being far cheaper.


There's also Mozy, KeepVault (which supports Windows Home Server), and http://www.crashplan.com which is very well thought off.


Amazon S3 with a front-end such as Jungle Disk. Well-known company behind it, reasonable pricing and a wealth of tools and libraries available.


I use Amazon S3 with JungleDisk as a front end. Jungle disk supports both Windows, Linux and the Mac. So far I have not had any problems with it.


I am using Amazon S3 + JugleDisk Workgroup Edition and love it. Much, much, much more reliable from my experience than Mozy Pro which would often falsely say that a backup was complete in the email report, but the logs would say otherwise.

With JungleDisk and any decent amount of data to back up, it would be worth it to get the JungleDisk Plus service so you can do incremental backup after your initial backup.

I have 30Mbps up/down FiOS at home and see speeds of up to 12Mbps sometimes with this solution. We use it on 4 production web servers at colos as well and it is nice to be able to get to that data as a mapped drive letter.

Pro tip for S3: If you have a Mac, get Transmit and you can access S3 as if it were an FTP site as well, and set buckets (directories) to be publicly accessible via HTTP: http://sitening.com/blog/how-to-make-files-publicly-accessible-on-amazon-s3/


Mozy is great until you have to actually restore your files. Then it is a useless mess. I don't know about you, but the whole "restoring files" part is important to me in a backup solution.


Amazon S3 with Jungle Disk will be a cheap solution if you don't have many Gigas of data to backup. It seems that 15cents per month is not expensive, but if you backup more than 20Gb it'll start to hurt your pockets. :)

HP has it's own backup service. It's $59,00 a year.


I'm personally using S3/JungleDisk where JD is the network/drive letter per say. Then I'm using SyncBack to drive my backups. I find that I have a little more fine grain control of how the back ups are done. Also SB can be scripted, so the instant a new picture of X (usually one of my two young kids) hits the primary machine in our home, it will fire off a backup to S3/JungleDisk.


Another fast and simple backup tool for home users is Backup2net.com


S3 sounds more reliable to me, since big company is sitting behind to avoid the stop/close of the service.

S3 tip: Transmit is a good S3 tool on Mac. However, if you are on Windows, Mac, or Linux, you can also use CrossFTP Pro to access S3 as if it were an FTP site, and set Buckets/Directories public accessible through HTTP.


Remember that the tools that use S3 aren't necessarily compatible with each other. They all put their own drive/directory/filename mapping on top of S3's bit buckets - so if you need to change from Jungledisk to someone else you may have to download all the data and re-upload it.
List of amazon S3 based backup tools.


I use s3backer for my own personal backups (disclaimer: I wrote it). It effectively provides an S3-backed block device on top of which you mount a regular filesystem. You then just rsync(1) for backup. No need to pay any third party backup service.


Try memopal.com It small but really good back-up company. Does versioning-saves all version of your files with no limits (no 30 day back crap) Real time back up even if you work on the file (Thats right, no more every 1-12-24 hours cycle) Memopal client learns you-will backup more fast the files you use the most No unlimited space crap with fair use policy-just buy 150 or 250 GB Restore is easy just copy and paste Support team works really fast-i got answers in a matter of 24 hrs or even 1-3 hours (during working hours) You got a search engine-you can search you backups like google search engine

Cons: Its a small (but growing) company from Italy You cannot delete folder I marked Desktop as backup folder, and if i download something to desktop, memopal starts immediately backing it up, its nice and can be annoying if you download crap to your desktop

Conclusion: This backup solution works like Apple time machine/Gmail approach, that means dont delete anything, just let the service back up what you need.

This company is hungry for success and does allot of things right to the point


i ussed mozy and i found out the hard way that it stopped backing up my email content and addresses 16 months ago. real bummer!!!


I'm impressed by tarsnap (and surprised it hasn't been mentioned already). It's a one-man band, but the one man is the security officer for FreeBSD, and as a software system, i have far more confidence in it than in any of the flashier operations. It sits on top of S3/EC2, so the infrastructure is solid. It has command-line tools which are built for use with scripting, so making it part of an automatic backup process is straightforward.

The client software doesn't have a GUI or run on Windows. That might be a problem for some people.