In my humble opinion … backing up on DVD’s is a short term solution.
Just how many DVD’s are you going to keep stocking?
Let alone the time taken to label them and keep them in order so that you can actually locate the file when you need it.
Do you really want to travel with these DVD’s every time you want to share something? “I have that information but it is on a DVD in my house in my study in that closet and labeled #124 “
Aren’t we are all in the constant lookout for options to easily secure and access our files.
The way AllenPort is designed may be the first time you install it and start putting your existing files in it, it would take the time you are estimating ( can’t deny that ) . But if you make AllenPort you backup tool, you will use the drive it creates just like any other drive on your computer and every file you drop there will get backed up instantly .
I think it ‘s ease of use is just perfect . (My answer to the other competitors) .Now about security :
Again , I strongly believe that DVd’s / cds / usb sticks are short term solutions and gives you a sense of security because you have them with you all the time . Today it is DVD what if tomorrow it is EVD .. we will start looking for a tool that converts DVD's to EVD.
Honestly ..I do not want to deal with any hardware solutions to backup my data .
BTW, below is Allen Port’s reply on security:
2. Currently the data you insure with us is at our data center in Dallas. We backup daily and can restore an account within 2 hours. We are looking at adding a second redundant data center in London soon. This would give us an additional layer of redundancy if there was a critical failure in Dallas.
3. And apart from the above remember you always have a copy on your data in you local AllenPort drive. (Even if you are not connected to the internet just logging into AllenPort will give you access to all your files, once you are online the files in AllenPort drive will get backed up on our server.)
4. Right now we transfer files using a secure transfer protocol, however in version 1 we will have full file encryption eliminating any concerns users might have about files getting intercepted by the web traffic.About Speed:
If takes time , let it . You don't have to sit around watching it or stop using the AllenPort drive or your Pc when it is backing up your files . The job will be done , isn't that all matters .
Hey give it a try ..I like it ..I am sure you will too