Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have turned to Microsoft Exchange Online and Office 365 in large numbers—many because it helps save money on IT staffing and on-site server infrastructure. In fact, IDC has predicted that 30 percent of small businesses will be using Office 365 in 2015 in its Worldwide SMB Predictions 2015 Web Conference. However, these same SMBs may not have invested much thought or budget into backup and recovery options for their data.
Recently, Carbonite, one of the leading companies providing cloud solutions for businesses, released its latest version of Carbonite Server Backup. This new version offers hybrid backup for both Exchange Online and Office 365, which could be the right data protection option for many SMBs that host their important company data in the cloud. Chris Chute, vice president of cloud and mobility practice for IDC, explains why the latest Carbonite offering makes sense for SMBs:
"Hybrid backup of cloud-hosted data has to date been a capability only larger firms with more complex IT departments could utilize. Now SMB IT managers and owners can utilize hybrid backup with Carbonite Server Backup, which offers an extra level of data protection that mitigates the risk associated with a single point of data recovery. SMB IT administrators and owners can rest easy, knowing they are not entrusting one service provider with all of their critical information and intellectual property."
Carbonite Server Backup can back up critical company data to the cloud, to a physical server or network drive, or to both. It also allows for individual backup and restoration for single Exchange mailboxes, which comes in handy when a single user needs a deleted email. With Carbonite Server Backup, the admin can even customize the storage capacity, network utilization, backup targets and the length of retention. The solution uses 128-bit encryption through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and users can add additional protection via private key encryption.
As a backup option developed specifically for SMBs, Carbonite Server Backup also gives channel partners another security solution for their SMB customers at an affordable price. A free trial of the Carbonite Server Backup can be downloaded for both business and personal users.