Granted you have a point that it is not a extremely large amount but that's still way more than needed to take database backups. That's what the $1200 computer I mentioned was for, really you could have done it with half that
Then an hour of a sys admins time to set a cron job to do a database dump then scp or rsync it somewhere. I have customers with 1
Money has no place in defending this even. It's human ignorance or laziness , period
Measure twice, cut once.