The Two Perceptions of Online Backups
Increasingly, there are two paths users are taking for online backups. The first is ensuring that the data they use every day is available to them wherever they are—hence, services such as Gmail for email, del.icio.us for online bookmarks, and Flickr for files. The second method is ensuring that data is truly backed up in case of a disaster. We expect to see more highly focused online backup solutions, particularly for enterprises (AD/Exchange backups, for example), and we will continue to see online backup companies offering more and more services to businesses (with in-office caching and single-point streaming).