Top 10 Offsite Backup Solutions for Businesses

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The following top 10 Offsite Backup solutions are household names in the cloud backup and disaster recovery industry. Some important features were considered in compiling this ranking list, such as: BMR, snapshot, disaster recovery, replication, archiving, speed, security, reliability, technical support, and pricing.
Below is the list of top backup providers, in no particular order.

1. Zetta

Zetta, headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and led by CEO Mike Grossman, is an award-winning provider of enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery as a service for small and medium enterprises and MSPs. Zetta’s services include appliance-free, direct-to-cloud backup for files; application and server images; built-in WAN optimization; expanded support for Exchange and SQL servers; VHD recovery for BMR-like scenarios; and two-factor authentication.

Zetta’s designed-for-Internet architecture allows users to move data to/from the cloud quickly without the need for an appliance or any new hardware. It allows cloud and local backup, with four options for data recovery: mounted drive, web browser, Zetta recovery software, and from local storage. Zetta ensures 100% data recoverability.

Zetta’s founders come from Netscape, EqualLogic, EMC, RSA, Symantec, Shutterfly, and VeriSign and are collectively responsible for some of the Internet’s best known distributed computing standards, including HTTP cookies, SSL, HTTP proxying, server push, and global load balancing. Zetta is backed by its founders, by Sigma Partners, Industry Ventures, and Foundation Capital, and also by angel investors such as Ron Conway, John Zeisler, and Amidzad Partners. Zetta is currently used by more than 1,500 small and mid-sized businesses such as UCLA, Toyota, GoPro, and March of Dimes.

2. Asigra

Asigra, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was established in 1986 by CEO David Farajun. It is a widely respected company in the cloud backup industry and provides cloud backup and disaster recovery software. It does not provide cloud backup services but only sells its software via its thousands of engaged partners. These partners especially appreciate Asigra’s agentless solution. Asigra provides both capacity- and recovery-based pricing models. With almost three decades in the industry and over one million deployments globally, Asigra is distinguished by its innovation and efforts to educate the BURR marketplace and by driving the demand for best-of-the-breed cloud-based services. Asigra does not compete with its partners as it does not sell direct. It provides its partners with effective marketing and sales tools to help them scale their cloud backup business and position themselves as leaders in the market. Asigra organizes an annual “Asigra Partners’ Summit” in Toronto, where hundreds of global partners descend for five days of learning and networking. Asigra provides cloud-to-cloud backup for, Google Apps, and Office 365, allowing the integration of backed-up data in the enterprise network, with hybrid disaster recovery capability.

3. NovaStor

NovaStor is an international company with global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland and offices in Germany (Hamburg) and the USA (Agoura Hills, CA). It is a management-owned company, with over 1,000 partners and millions of seats distributed. NovaStor provides powerful, affordable, all inclusive data protection solutions for physical and virtual environments. NovaStor markets its award-winning Cloud, SMB, and Enterprise backup and recovery products through MSPs, VARs, OEMs, Web hosting companies, data centers, and system retailers. NovaStor provides guarantees to its partners by assigning personal account managers and offering discounts, training, leads, workshops, webinars, and 24/7 technical support. NovaStor provides backup and restore solutions to SMBs as well as Enterprises. NovaStor’s SMB solution—NovaBACKUP®—features local and remote protection of Windows Servers; it also supports VMware, Hyper-V, and NAS environments with advanced monitoring capabilities. NovaStor’s Enterprise solution—NovaBACKUP DataCenter—brings F500 references, scalability, reliability, and speed to medium-large heterogeneous environments.

4. StorageCraft

Founded in 2003, StorageCraft provides best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration, and data protection solutions for servers, desktops, and laptops. StorageCraft now employs more than 200 people in the United States, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region, with 170 employees currently located at its headquarters in Utah. StorageCraft has been growing rapidly in the past few years, breaking ground on its new 125,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility in Draper, Utah in May 2014. Once the new offices are open in mid-2015, StorageCraft plans to increase its headquarters staff to more than 400 initially and then to grow to more than 600. StorageCraft has won several industry awards for its fast and accurate backup, reliable disaster recovery, and secure data protection and is considered the gold standard for system migration for Windows desktops and servers. It maintains excellent industry educational resource material on its website, dubbed The Recovery Zone.

5. Acronis

Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded and based in Woburn, MA in 2002, Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 650 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient, and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual, and cloud environments, as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices. More than five million individual users and more than 300,000 organizations rely on Acronis products for the protection of their data. In September 2014, Acronis acquired BackupAgent, a cloud backup company founded in 2005 in Delft, The Netherlands. With a network of over 900 active partners and with over 50,000 small and medium business customers across the globe, BackupAgent protects petabytes of data and was once named by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing technology companies. It brings years of cloud backup expertise to the Acronis team.

6. CommVault

CommVault (NASdAQ: CVLT), headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ, USA, describes itself as “a singular vision”—a principle that guides it in the development of singular information management solutions to become innovative to meet today’s and tomorrow’s data management challenges. CommVault’s Simpana software suite of products was designed to work together seamlessly from the ground up, sharing a single code and common function set to deliver superior data protection, archiving, replication, search, and resource management capabilities. CommVault offers unparalleled efficiency, performance, reliability, and control. Its VM backup, cloud management, and recovery offers Web-based public, private, or hybrid clouds that allow users to create, provision, and manage virtual machines according to pre-set policies. It works across VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer, AWS, and Azure. CommVault offers disaster recovery and business continuity, virtual machine replication with changed block tracking for faster backups, and new cloud reporting features.

7. Code42

Code42, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and backed by Accel Partners and Split Rock Partners, is an endpoint data protection and management company that provides secure, integrated file sharing and backup at work, at home, and everywhere in between. The company’s award-winning products that include CrashPlan and SharePlan have been deployed by thousands of end users. Code 42’s business solution comes with powerful, unmatched data protection and productivity features. The company has combined its online backup and file sync-and-share products into one product. Code 42’s platform can scale to 100,000 or more devices per single deployment and can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid configuration. The Code 42 EDGE Platform features solutions that include endpoint data and restore, file sync and share, disaster recovery, mobile sync, data loss prevention, large file transfer, e-discovery and legal hold, and data and device migration. “Protect! Manage! Restore! Access! Share!” is the motto of Code 42, which boasts over 35,000 business clients worldwide. Code 42’s software is trusted by the most recognized brands in business and education, including Expedia, Procter & Gamble, Uber, Adobe, Genentech/Roche, and Harvard University.

8. Intronis

Intronis is a cloud backup and recovery company completely focused on channel development by offering its products and services to its wide range of partners. The Intronis ECHO platform securely protects physical and virtual data with native support for physical imaging, VMware, Hyper-V, Exchange, and SQL, all through a re-brandable central management console that integrates with major RMM and PSA tools. Through Intronis ECHOshare, channel partners can easily expand their IT services portfolio to include tightly integrated business-grade file sync-and-share functionalities with encrypted format, store it on a scalable, cost-effective storage cloud, and facilitate recovery from anywhere, anytime. Intronis, founded in 2002 and based in Chelmsford, MA, provides world-class data protection solutions for small businesses, delivered exclusively through the IT channel. Intronis demonstrates its commitment to its partners by offering annual nation-wide conferences by touring major cities across the USA with its senior level executives.

9. j2 Global

j2 Global provides cloud backup services mostly using the name KeepItSafe, an Irish company that j2 Global acquired in October 2010. Although the name KeepItSafe is not widely known, j2 has been acquiring a number of well-established cloud backup and disaster recovery companies in the past few years and has been branding some of them as KeepItSafe (KIS), while allowing others to stay under their existing brand names. Some of the services offered under j2 Global’s Business Cloud Services Division include Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications, and CRM solutions. j2 Global has been particularly targeting Asigra-enabled cloud backup companies, and at the present time, j2 Global is the largest Asigra partner. j2 Global’s offer to acquire Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) at $15 a share (for a total value of over $366 million) was unanimously rejected by the Carbonite board in early January 2015. j2 Global is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCOM) based in Los Angeles, CA.

10. VaultLogix

Established in 2002 and headquartered in Davers, MA, VaultLogix specializes in cloud backup and data protection services for businesses. VaultLogix’s Internet Vault suite of online backup solutions can be leveraged to safeguard customer data in the most advantageous way based on the particular needs of each business. VaultLogix’s solution has the ability to back up data both locally and offsite, ensuring full protection from data loss with the optimal combination of speed, availability, and offsite protection. VaultLogix also delivers industry-leading solutions for remote backup service support, billing, marketing, and integration. This combination of capabilities enables VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants to generate additional profit by providing a holistic backup solution to their clients that can be managed with ease. VaultLogix meets data protection and regulatory requirements and maintains data vaults in Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Toronto. VaultLogix was acquired by InterCloud Systems (NASDAQ: ICLD) for a cash and stock consideration in the summer of 2014.