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I don't suppose Spare ran their choice of naming their new division past a focus group. The very LAST thing online backup customers want to know is that their service provider has a "Data Mining Division." Look, even if this new division is completely innocent, and the data collection is covered under their Terms of Service, and users' privacy will not be violated (completely), it casts an ominous shadow on Spare and the rest of us, too.

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The online backup industry is one of the very few who are thriving during the recession, and perhaps in part, because of it. As IT budgets are cut, companies are looking for cheaper alternatives to buying large drive arrays, building out data centers, and doing backups themselves. In many cases, it is cheaper to simply outsource their backups.

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This white paper discloses the real costs to a small business for performing proper data backups in-house using portable hard drives, then compares this with the costs and benefits of using an Online Backup Service instead. The example used is a “typical” small company without a dedicated IT person, backing up a single Windows 2003 Server using the generally recommended procedure of rotating multiple USB-attached portable hard drives offsite.

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