File-size vs bandwidth prevents me from doing that currently. Tapes get made of the backups, nightly, and get shipped to a different state.
Means there's an overnight delay (at best) for getting them back, if needed, and even that has extra charges on it, but it's better than taking two days to upload a daily backup.
With smaller databases, I have backed up to a location in a different state. Same continent, different tectonic zone. Main concern with that data center was hurricanes (it was in Houston), so having the backups FTP to a backup data center a thousand miles from the coast was a good idea.
That wasn't bank data, or anything critical like that. It's loss would have shut down the company, but nothing much beyond that. But a separate, backup data center was cheap and easy enough that it made sense.
With more critical data, like Phil's or Gail's banks, a hardened data center is easy enough to build, if you can afford it. Bunker/vault technology is pretty good these days. Lots of studies on how to make those virtually indestructible was done in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Anything that has a reasonable chance of surviving a nuclear war between the US and USSR (that was the threat then), can certainly withstand a plane crashing into it.
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