Making backups with Symantec Protection Network Online Backup

Symantec Corp. http://spn.com

An online backup service that works automatically in the background to make copies of your most critical files and is very easy and economical to use. Online backups have several advantages:
— To aid in recovering files from a lost or stolen laptop
— To provide a simple but effective offsite storage solution for your data
— To keep the costs of backups low and within reach of most businesses

Requirements: Windows 2000/2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista with latest service packs installed, with at least 15% free disk space on the volumes that you want to backup.

Price: $9.99 a month for basic service for 10 GB storage. Premium service is $35 a month for 10 GB with seven year history of backups. Additional fees for more storage capacity, remote access, and online storage for Backup Exec v12 users.

Pros:
— Easy to setup and operate
— Free 30 day trial helps you test out the service and become familiar with its operation
— 24×7 support included
Cons:
— Requires a fast broadband upload connection particularly on the first backup or for very large file collections. Only incremental changes are sent on subsequent backups
— Lack of progress indicators make troubleshooting more difficult

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