Just to compare with another host, Gandi says
[quote]Why choose Gandi for your hosting service?
Archive and secure your data
Our backup robot ‘GSync’ is a lightweight agent will constantly survey changes in the directories you want to save. You will regularly have one backup per day in an external disk.
Next, in function with your configuration, it will save previous versions. By default, easily modifiable, you will have a permanent version of your data available, the three versions dated by three hours, three versions a day and two dated versions per month.
The use of our robot is not mandatory: you can choose to use another system if you prefer.[/quote]
Now, I’m not saying that Gandi is better than Dreamhost. It is, for one thing, slightly more expensive. But only slightly.
What I’m saying is that there is a worthwhile discussion to be had about this subject.
So if you simply assert that backups are not the responsibility of the hosting company, my question is “Why not?”
I think that one hosting company may validly choose to make backups its responsibility, and another hosting company may equally validly choose not to do so.
I would appreciate it if we could get a clear answer as to where Dreamhost stands on this question.