Currently, at the datacenter, we have 6 boxes. Each of these runs a LAMP stack, and each of these needs to be backed up. The obvious solution is to back up all of this to one machine, and then plug in a drive to it, and back that up.
Problem is, some of our employees (read: the person who would be plugging in the drive) are lazy. So I was tasked with writing a script to back up each of our machines locally, so that they could then be backed up offsite in the same vein as above. However, the datacenter charges on a 95th percentile, and these backups are costing the company money.
My question, for small/medium sized businesses: what is the appropriate scenario that we should be using to back up our data? Currently, buying another machine to backup to is a far off non-possibility, but would be taken in to consideration.