Thanks. We used a (probably *the*) major provider of online backups or 'vaulting' for about 6 years however this tape backup project is as a replacement as we don't need that leve of facility any more and it is very expensive.
Woodchip....It depends. It is rare that you can't find *a* computer that will connect to internet unless the whole internet is wiped out and then you have the confidence that your data is held somewhere else securely.
Aside from that, our online backups didn't use the internet by 'online' we used a dedicated 100MB/s connection to the provider which was managed and had an SLA with it. Then if there's a disaster we have a separate contract with them where we mosy on down to their DR centre and they restore all our systems to servers they keep for us. In about a day and a bit we're up and running with 6 servers and 10 PCs (minimum).
It's a reasonably high end solution, I probably should have made it clear I wasn't referring to home use (which I suppose is the focus of the magazine).
We have a system that has two servers one in central London and one out in the sticks connected by a couple of internet lines these are remotely controlled by another company who are about half way between us (by coincidence) who have a third server that does a back-up every four hours and a dump to tape during the night. We also have an up to date copy of the main program we use and the data at the program developers, this is never more than a couple of days old.