Changing the Way You Purchase Storage
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Online backup provider Carbonite last week announced the availability of two online backup solutions targeted at small- and mid-sized businesses. The solutions are tailored specifically for two distinct groups of businesses: smaller branch offices and larger offices with servers that require remote backup protection. Carbonite Business comes with 250GB of storage space, while Carbonite Business Premier doubles that to 500GB. Both plans allow businesses to back up an unlimited number of computers for a flat fee of $229 and $599, respectively, per year; Business Premier adds support for Windows file server backup. According to the Carbonite product page, businesses can purchase additional storage at a yearly cost of $46 for 50GB or $89 for 100GB.
Backups are performed automatically, and Carbonite supports both Windows and Mac environments - users can opt for continual automatic backups, scheduled backups (useful for servers) or pipe data to an external hard drive. The company says that data encryption using the robust 128-bit Blowfish encryption is performed prior to transferring the data over the Internet, while service-level agreements should address any lingering concerns over data accessibility.
Carbonite appears to have acquired a good understanding of small business operations and both plans also come with a free "Valet Setup" in which a Carbonite representative will remotely install and configure the requisite client-side backup software on a customer's computer. In addition, a "Rapid Recovery" service comes with a number of features designed to ease the pain of any data restoration that may be necessary. Free phone support, for example, as well as an option for recovery from a hard-disk drive delivered via express courier is also mentioned.
Is cloud backup the way to go for SMBs, though? In a separate report in PC Magazine, Carbonite CEO and co-founder David Friend highlighted the preference that SMBs have towards cloud-based backup. He said:
Our market research has indicated that they would choose an automatic, cloud-based solution if it were affordable, so we built Carbonite Business specifically to address those needs.
A free 30-day trial of Carbonite Business is available here.