Well, I'm finally getting one of my wishes at work and I'm simultaneously happy and worried...
I'm getting complete control over my database backups. We're cloudifying (well, they're calling it a cloud, it's really the same basic setup we've got now except the people managing the underlying hardware are in a different state) our servers (web, SQL, and others,) and the only backups the cloud provides is file-level.
So, initially, I'm going to go with the Ola scripts for the backups rather than trying to roll my own or a maintenance plan or the headaches of purchasing software. Long-term, I'd like to go with a commercial solution just to make it easier for the times I'm on vacation or after I leave, but that's a down-the-road.
Wish me luck (or skill, skill might be better)!