Data loss has the potential to devastate your small business. Without the information your business relies on to function each day, your customers won’t receive the service they expect, and your employees will be unable to perform their daily duties. To prevent data loss from interrupting your productivity, a cloud backup solution is an essential part of your IT plan to keep operations running smoothly. There are many companies available to provide this service, but here are the five best cloud backup solutions for small business to start your search.
With continuous data protection that backs up files as they are altered rather than during scheduled updates, IDrive ensures your most current data is protected in any scenario. The company supports multiple devices, including Android and iOS, and maintains the security of your data by using 256-bit AES encryption. IDrive offers tiered backup plans for its business customers, starting at 250 GB and going up to 12.5 TB for larger operations. Backups can be run from MS Exchange, MS SQL, Linux, VMware, MS SharePoint Servers, Oracle and user PCs. The IDrive Express service offers a physical recovery option, sending a 3 TB encrypted hard drive to you within a week if you experience a data loss event.
Unlimited storage and an easy-to-use interface make BackBlaze a smart choice for many small businesses. Its manual and automatic backup options let users exclude files and folders, allowing you to reduce wasting space with unnecessary data. Backblaze is budget-friendly and offers encryption for your stored data, although decryption requires contact with the company. The company also offers services to help clients locate lost or stolen computers and will ship a hard drive with your recovered data on it if requested.
This cloud backup solution supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS and offers several customizable features, such as individualized data set features, file retention and versioning and protection for deleted files. Backup communication is protected with 28-bit encryption, while backup data is secured with 256-bit AES encryption. Subscriptions are reasonably priced, but the service does have some limitations, including an inability to share files and a lack of mobile device and server backups.
Carbonite is simple to use, offers unlimited storage and can be set up to run automatically in the background. With the ability to set up its continuous backup option, Carbonite will only back up new files or files that have been altered to reduce the bandwidth needed. The company manages encryption but allows an encryption key to be set, giving you full access and the ability to restore files with just one click.
Acronis offers a full range of backup options, including incremental backups, multi-level data compression and file filtering. Data can be pulled from Linux and Windows servers, from VMware and directly from PCs with the ability to utilize local disk backup and network storage, along with cloud options. Acronis also uses a 256-bit AES encryption to maintain the security of your data and offers Bare Metal disk imaging for full system state storage. It’s important to note that working with Acronis requires commitment to a perpetual or three-year license.
If you have questions about improving your current cloud backup solution, contact EIRE Systems today for more information.