When DH announced the free backup solution I was really happy. I have a couple PCs where I need to do periodic backups. But I never fully implemented a strategy for getting my local data out to DH on a regular basis.
So I let that project drop, and earlier this year DH announced that the free backup service is being cancelled. Well, now I'm missing it.
DreamHost, I'm really sorry I didn't take advantage of your generous offer because I could really use it. And I'm really sorry that other DH users didn't jump on this opportunity and sing your praises to justify your expense. And I'm confused that this was withdrawn rather than just getting a lower profile- I mean, does it really cost that much to have a service that's Under-used?
I estimate my long-term backup data at about 2TB, with about 5-10GB of random files being refreshed from day to day PC usage. My current thinking is to push out long-term storage to a couple local HDs and then use DreamObjects for ongoing backups. Ideally I would never have to pull files back so I would just be paying for storage, and at about 2 cents/GB/month, that's trivial.
But for that bulk storage of save-and-forget data which I hope I'll never need, is there any chance that we can get permission to use some of our "unlimited" shared space rather than DO? I've been a client here for almost a decade. I get relatively little traffic on my sites (so far). I'm feeling like I haven't been a strain on resources so I'm hoping to get a waiver to put my backups on your server somewhere without fear that it will get deleted.
I know I'm not alone. I'm wondering if you can come up with an algorithm based on usage which will help to determine if individual accounts qualify for a private waiver.
My only concern is that I'm not sure about the backup schedule of our shared space, but I know DO space is mirrored 3 times. There is value to that security, and with concern for my website files, at some point I might download those to get another off-DH backup, just in case.
So can you offer any consultation on this? Or is the answer to put my bulk storage on DO or find someone else to beg for free cloud disk space?