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RBS Develops an Online Backup Estimator for Free Download

Cliff Boodoosingh on February 22, 2010
( - (Memphis, TN) Remote Backup Systems (RBS), the founders of the online backup industry and developers of the RBackup and Mercury OEM Online Backup platforms have released a free online tool developed for Service Providers to use to estimate the storage space needed by their clients, and the time required to do a backup.

Addressing a major concern plaguing Service Providers for years, RBS Online Backup Estimator is a free download that calculates the size of a full backup and subsequent daily backups and the time required to send them to an Online Backup Server, based on the current upload speed of the Internet connection.

The Online Backup Estimator works by scanning the file system using the Best Practices for Include and Exclude settings as defined in Rob Cosgrove’s Online Backup Guide for Service Providers, published by Remote Backup Systems. Once the scan is complete, simply view the files selected. Use the Online Backup Estimator to fine tune Include/Exclude settings. The changes you make to the Include/Exclude settings can be written to a file to be used in your online backup software.

“Service Providers have told us about the different ways they have gone about dealing with this issue in the past,” explained Remote Backup Systems CEO, Rob Cosgrove. “Some chose to give away 30 day accounts, then quoting a price at the end of 30 days, after they have seen how much data their user’s store. Another method that wasn’t always convenient was to quote tiered storage plans that include storage space quotas, and per-gigabyte charges for going above the quotas. Our Online Backup Estimator tool was designed to simplify the equation and take the guesswork out of the quoting dilemma.”

Although written specifically to assist licensed RBS Service Providers, the Online Backup Estimator is a free tool that anyone can download from the RBS website and works with all Online Backup software. The Online Backup Estimator is compatible with Windows and Mac. For more information about this tool and other Remote Backup Systems products, please visit

About Remote Backup Systems Inc.

Remote Backup Systems offers turnkey Online Backup solutions starting at $500, capable of serving hundreds of thousands of end users. RBS is the global leader in providing turnkey online backup software solutions to MSPs, VARs, ISPs and Managed Hosting Providers, providing leading edge functionality, best-in-class customer support, and an unwavering commitment to product quality and customer satisfaction. With a twenty-one year history in Remote Backup technologies, RBS is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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