Jul
8
2012

Top 5 Online Offsite Backup Solutions

Online backup services work much like traditional backup software. Although with an online backup service, your important data is transmitted over the Internet and securely stored on a server in a professional data center. The advantage of having your important data backed up off-site, away from your home or business, is that it’s safe from theft, fire, and other disasters that can take place.

Below are the top 5 backup solutions we found after doing some research.

1. CrashPlan+

CrashPlan+ is our top choice as an online backup service because of the excellent software, cost effective plans, and feature set.  I have outlined a few details on CrashPlan below.

  • CrashPlan’s interface is excellent and the features abound including a web-based restore option, continuous backup, an unprecedented 448-bit encryption level (better than your bank), and the foundation of a proven and excellent backup software program.
  • CrashPlan+ 10GB costs $2.50 /month and allows up to 10 GB of storage.
  • CrashPlan+ Unlimited is $5 /month and, as the plan name suggests, allows an unlimited amount of online storage.
  • CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited costs $12 /month and offers an unlimited amount of online storage across anywhere from two to ten computers.
  • All CrashPlan+ plans offer discounts for longer terms. You can get most plans for nearly 50% off if you prepay for four years.

2. Acronis True Image Online

Acronis, maker of the popular True Image Home backup software program, is also in the online backup business. I have outlined a few details on Acronis below.

  • Only one online backup plan is offered by Acronis True Image Online: $4.99 /month for 250 GB of space. You can get the price down to around $4.16 /month if you prepay for one year.
  • Up to five computers can backup to your True Image Online account.
  • Also, if you happen (or want to) own Acronis True Image Home, their online backup service can be used in conjunction with it for a one-stop local and online backup solution.

3. Backblaze

I think Backblaze is awesome mainly because it’s so straightforward with its pricing and software.

  • I also like that there are no file size limits, meaning you can finally backup your 100GB virtual machine files and 12 hour 1080p videos!
  • The software interface is as simple as I’ve seen but there’s plenty of fine tuning available if you want it.
  • Backblaze is $5 /month /computer and allows an unlimited amount of storage. The cost can get down to a monthly $3.96 with a two year plan purchase.
  • Backblaze also offers a just-as-simple business plan – unlimited storage for $50 /computer /year.

If you’re concerned about backing up online being complicated or confusing, you’re going to love Backblaze.

4. ADrive

ADrive is an online backup service that sports some interesting features like WebDAV support, online document editing (via Zoho), and more. I have outlined a few details about ADrive below.

  • There are dozens of online backup plans listed on ADrive’s site, ranging from $6.95 /month for 50 GB of space to $1,211.50 /month for 10 TB (10,240 GB).
  • You can request a quote if you need more space than that, even up to “unlimited.”
  • All ADrive backup plans can be had at deeply discounted prices if you prepay for a longer time period, up to three years. Multi-user business plans are also available.
  • ADrive also has a free 50 GB plan but it’s not compatible with their automatic-backup desktop software.

5. AVG LiveKive

AVG, the makers of the popular free antivirus program, also offer an online backup service called “LiveKive.” I have outlined a few details about AVG LiveKive below.

  • AVG LiveKive is $79.99 /year and allows an unlimited number of devices an unlimited amount of data. That is, of course, unless by unlimited you mean less than 500 GB. Unfortunately, their fair use policy states that they may impose charges if you actually go over that amount. Too bad.
  • If you don’t need an “unlimited” amount of storage, AVG LiveKive also offers two limited plans to choose from – 25 GB of storage for $49.99 /year or 50 GB for $59.99 /year. These plans also allow online backup from an unlimited number of computers and other devices.
  • All LiveKive plans automatically renew on your year anniversary unless you cancel. Unlike most other online backup services, there are no discounts for multi-year prepayments.
  • AVG LiveKive’s backup software works with all recent versions of Windows and Mac OS, as well as Apple iOS and Google Android via apps.

 

In conclusion, it does not really matter as much as to where you host your offsite backup but that you HAVE a offsite backup! Let us know what you think of our top choices and which you currently use! 🙂

5 Comments + Add Comment

  • Important number one rule is always back up your data in case some problems happen. Now your list makes it extremely easy to find and choose one of the backup solutions.

  • I absolutely LOVE AVG, so I will definitely be trying out their AVG LiveKive. I have never had any issues or concerns with the AVG antivirus program. I can only imagine that their back-up program would be just as good.

    Breakfree, I completely agree with your comment. I cannot count the number of times I have regretted not backing up my system or that I have heard someone complaining about things they lost to a computer issue. It is ALWAYS a good idea to get some sort of back-up.

    This list is extremely helpful towards making sure you do not lose all your hard work.

    • I completely agree, AVG is a great company, I have only seen great results from their programs. I have been looking for a good place to sign up for some online file storage, and now I think I found the place.

  • It’s great that these companies practically give away so much free storage. I say give away due to the really low price point. However, is it really practice to back up 100’s of GB over your average broadband connection? My cable is capable of around 1.5mbit/sec upload (Max). It would take a long time to back up a substantial amount of data. I guess it happens in the background, but still that’s a lot. I also wonder if there is any consideration given to some of the new bandwidth caps that cable providers (like Comcast) are placing on their accounts.

  • Some of these offsite backup plans are quite cheap! It is unbelievable! I am seriously considering joining up one now. Takes the hassle off my shoulders of always worrying about my backups at home. Great post!

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