Amazon S3 is a great and cheap place to keep your SQL Server database backups.
SQLBackupAndFTP starting from the Standard version now allows you to backup SQL Server databases to Amazon S3 directly.
To set up the backups you need to have your Access Key and Secret Key that you can find under “Security Credentials” in Amazon Web Services: https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/securityCredentials#access_credentials
Google Drive starts you off with 5GB for free. Seems like a great place to keep you SQL Server database backups.
SQLBackupAndFTP starting from the Standard version now allows you to backup SQL Server databases to Google Drive directly. On the main form just select Google Drive as your backup destination, authorize the program with Google – and you are done!
SkyDrive from Microsoft gives you 25GB of cloud space for free. Seems like a great place to keep you SQL Server database backups.
Here’s how to backup SQL Server databases to SkyDrive using SQLBackupAndFTP:
- When you install SkyDrive, it creates a special folder. Everything that you put into this folder will be synced to the SkyDrive servers in the cloud.
- Open SQLBackupAndFTP, select databases to backup, check “Store backups in a local/network folder” and set the folder to be that SkyDrive folder.
Note that there’s a big drawback – SkyDrive will sync only when you are logged in.
Currently Microsoft has given only Windows Phone and Windows 8 platform developers access to the full SkyDrive API – see this blog
for details. Until MS opens up their API, we will not be able to add SkyDrive as a backup destination to our products, sorry.