Hey I just want to mention here that with the cheap prices of B2 and Wasabi, if you’re thinking of building a new system to put in your Dad’s place, it’s worth doing a spreadsheet to see if one of these storage retailers is more cost-effective (include reasonable estimates of your time and maybe even billing of your backup “clients”).
I built a server (I had an old Quad-core Q6600 and a handful of old drives) for this purpose and I’m regretting not just doing Wasabi from the beginning.
We have 10TB of data for our photography (and some videography) business. For awhile it was growing at 1TB a year, but the past year has seen more than 1.5TB growth.
To have reasonably RAIDed data locally and offsite, I’m spending at least $500 a year on drives (between replacing failures or too-small drives and adding new capacity to a Drobo and two servers), and although CrashPlan seemed great, it’s been choking on this much data and eating RAM like crazy.
Basically Wasabi would cost us about $500 a year also, which seems like a lot but is actually cheaper than drives/hardware/maintenance/electricity and comes with easier maintenance and peace of mind. Of course, the charge to get the data OUT is also huge, but this is just for backup anyway, so ideally we would never use it.