Site backup in the "cloud"?

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Subject: Site backup in the "cloud"?
Posted by:  Ignoramus15569 (ignoramus15569@NOSPAM.15569.invalid)
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010

I have a certain kids website that has appx. 110,000 pageviews per day
and it has become a quite valuable source of income and pride for me and

It currently runs happily on one server, that I own. If the server
dies, I could run it at home, but there is not enough bandwidth.

I am thinking about backup solutions. One way to go is to buy an
expensive server (read $3-5k), host it at the ISP (read $120+ in power
and rack charges), etc.

Another option is to rent a cloud server at Amazon or wherever, set it
up and essentially mothball it, maybe wake up once a week for system
updates, etc. If I never need it, I will pay nominal charges. If I do
need it, I would just activate it.

Has anyone considered doing that sort of thing -- having backup in the
cloud -- and what are your experiences?