Do You Know Where Your Online Backup Is?

Do You Know Where Your Online Backup Is?


Recently I came across this tweet from Ross L. Kodner and he brought up a good point – one of the benefits of an online backup is having your data safe and sound.

If you live in a city that is prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., it kind of defeats the purpose to have your online backup residing in the same city as you.

To that end, I have put this list together of where common online backup vendors have their data centers. Not surprisingly, none of them were willing to give this information on request so this is mainly pieced together from some Google-fu. Therefore, I can’t 100% say for sure that it is accurate, but you get the general idea.

Here is the list:


  • Salt Lake City
  • Dublin
  • (likely other EMC data centers)


  • Boston
  • Beijing

Jungle Disk (S3)/Dropbox
Jungle Disk and Dropbox both use Amazon’s S3 service. While Amazon generally does not disclose where their data centers are, the following are the edge locations for CloudFront, their CDN, so it stands to reason that S3 data is stored there too.

United States

  • Ashburn, VA
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Newark, NJ
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO


  • Amsterdam
  • Frankfurt
  • Dublin
  • London


  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo

Jungle Disk (Rackspace)
Since Jungle Disk was acquired by Rackspace, they have started offering storage in Rackspace’s data center too.

  • Grapevine, TX
  • London
  • Hong Kong


  • Chicago

Like I said, this list is likely incomplete. If you have any additions or modifications, leave a comment below.

Where is your data?

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

Leave a Reply 5 comments - June 18, 2014 Reply

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Kiara Lootens - September 15, 2011 Reply

I do not want to repeat this website, but I really just like the theme. Could you touch upon which template are you using or was it customized for this blog?

James - May 24, 2009 Reply

It might be quite misleading here. Some companies have multiple data centers, but it doesn't mean these data centers are used for redundancy.

The problem with consumer types of services like $50/year for unlimited data backup, you cannot really expect that they backup data across different data centers. The cost associated with that makes it completely impossible. is one of the leading online stoage, online backup and FTP server hosting service providers. Our data center is located in Fremont, California.

    Brooks Duncan - May 25, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the post about DriveHQ. I wasn't familiar with the service. Thanks!

Troy Hickerson - April 13, 2009 Reply

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