Among the backup alerts I received last night was one informing me that RBS has introduced a new upgrade to its Remote Backup service. (This is an enterprise-level service aimed at companies that have several far-flung offices or telecommuting employees whose data needs to be backed up centrally.)
RBS offers a “test your connection speed” page as part of its sales pitch. By going to their speed test page and filling in your e-mail address, you can find out just how fast your internet connection is. (Connection speed limits the number of clients who could back up to a machine on your property.) My own cable connection scored pretty high: I could, if I so chose, manage to back up 668 “average clients” in one night.
Still, I don’t think I’m going to go into the remote storage business any time soon. I’m not at all sure that I want to be responsible for 668 people’s files. With speeds like that, though, no doubt RBS will start sending me all kinds of marketing materials.
As for those of you still doomed to dial-up, you are definitely not prime prospects for Remote Backup, so you if you take the speed test you’d be more likely to start getting ads from DSL and cable companies—if you aren’t already.