Pete Abilla sent me an email alerting me to a post he did TechCrunch Waffles on Online Storage Perfection suggests that TechCrunch doesn’t give enough emphasis to the difference between “Online Storage” and “Replication”.
I tend to agree, but with one caveat. Replication is a subset of the Online Data Storage, it’s still part of Data Storage. Most would agree that Replication is a solution for Disaster Recovery (say your laptop is stolen, or blows up from a battery, etc)
Pete’s interview with Mozy also helps to show the differentiation between the two. Be sure to read Nic’s comments from Omnidrive. (He’s buds with Arrington, and quite the gentleman). If you want to learn more data storage see the Data Storage Wiki I kicked off.