Top 20 Enterprise Backup Solutions for Business Cloud Data Protection

Backup and data protection

UPDATED June, 2017 to reflect the latest providers on the market:

The best modern enterprise cloud backup services are able to deliver complete backup & DR functionality for multi-platform server environments with data sizes up to 100TB and beyond.

Below, we’ve made a list of the 20 most useful backup services for business-class server backup based on our research and independent reviews:

  1. Zetta  Affordable enterprise-grade cloud backup, which is optimized to quickly back up large datasets (up to 500TB). The solution includes the cloud backup service, a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) option, and plug-ins for SQL, Exchange, VMware, Hyper-V and NetApp servers.
  1. MozyPro The business-class counterpart to one of the world’s most popular low-cost backup solutions. Backing from EMC is a major plus or negative depending who you are.
  1. CrashPlan  Offering both free and enterprise backup solutions with support for VMware, Sun, Linux, Windows and Mac. Large enterprises have had good results for endpoint backup, less so for servers.
  1. eVault Online backup backed by a strong name, and trusted by a broad client base. Requires an appliance for data sizes >1TB.
  1. IDrive Pricing and support is well reviewed, but “1TB per week” is too slow for even small enterprises.
  1. Carbonite Very popular with consumers for home backup, Carbonite’s server backup pricing is low, but performance is slow at “up to 100GB.”
  1. DataBarracks Serious business backup service with support for many different operating systems.
  1. SecurStore An industry-certified leader in cloud backup and corporate disaster recovery.
  1. LiveVault Iron Mountain’s entry into the business online backup market.
  1. BackupMyInfo Online backup from a talented and diverse group of entrepreneurs.
  1. Helping ensure that your company is thoroughly prepared for even the most menacing of data disasters.
  1. GlobalDataVault Advanced, full-featured backup service provider with a special focus on compliance.
  1. Backup-Technology A rapidly-growing innovator which has been providing online backup since 2005.
  1. Intronis Fast, secure online backup with an established partner network.
  1. StorageGuardian Award-winning backup provider, recommended by VARs for over 10 years.
  1. Storagepipe The Canadian leader in online backup to the cloud, with a broad presence in the blogosphere.
  1. OpenDrive Business backup with additional services built in, such as file storage, synching and sharing.
  1. RemoteDataBackups A premium data protection provider that offers a free product trial. They have a long list of clients and testimonials available.
  1. DriveHQ Offering both cloud storage and IT services in the cloud, for a higher level of service.
  1. OnCoreIT Pure backup for service providers, businesses and individuals.

Checklist to Evaluate Backup and Data Protection Solutions

  1. Performance –Before buying a new solution, test backup performance in your environment. Ask if your vendor offers effective backup speed testing, which it should. Tests should include upload/download speeds and latency tests.
  2. Cost – Evaluating cloud backup costs work best when your compare total costs, not only the “teaser” price. Basic pricing schemes charge the average amount of GB stored in a given month, although this is not universal. Costs may go up for recovering data.
  3. Security – Check that data is encrypted in flight and at rest in the data center, and look for audited data handling standards like SSAE-16. Before you backup data, be sure that you have protected it with anti-malware.
  4. Local backup capability – This is an important component of any cloud backup strategy.  Your vendor should enable additional local backup for high-value active data. This enables you to quickly restore priority data over the LAN.
  5. VM and Physical server backup capability – A backup product should be able to backup physical and virtual servers, especially market leaders VMware and Hyper-V.  
  6. Disaster Recovery – DR is the reason that you do offsite backup in the first place. Best practice is to evaluate recovery performance during a trial period. Look for a DRaaS vendor who provides not only rapid recovery, but also spins up servers in the cloud as needed.
  7. Archiving – Not the most critical component but large amounts of company data are never accessed, and storing it offsite frees up primary storage.

15 thoughts on “Top 20 Enterprise Backup Solutions for Business Cloud Data Protection

  1. Jacky

    DriveHQ is better known for a complete cloud IT solution.

    Cloud Backup/storage is just one small feature of Cloud Computing/Cloud IT service. Cloud service has become a lot more powerful with Cloud Storage and Cloud IT Solution 5.0. It is far more than just storage or backup. Not only you can backup files to the cloud, you can also move your entire file server, FTP server, email server, web server and backup system to the cloud. You can create sub-users and sub-groups; you can set different user roles; share different folders to different users with different permissions. For a small business, Cloud-based storage, backup, sharing and Cloud IT Solution can save you a lot of cost, while offering better, more secure and reliable services that can be accessed from anywhere.


  2. Mo

    We have around 500 laptops/desktop, we wanted to do a business cloud backup for them, and I tested all the products in the list, and sadly only ONE product was truly a cloud business backup from the list and another one I found I think it should be in the list, Mozy Pro and Timeline Cloud, let me explain,
    – First must have complete cloud web console management, where I can deploy define, polices, control the whole backups, as a business I don’t want my employs to worry about it anything
    – Complete Mobility access, iPhone and Android
    – I prefer pure cloud backup, not proprietary storage, like Amazon, Rackspace, Nirvanix, MS, I dont like the idea of my data is stored in some kind of unsecure storage room on RAID 5 disks, we all do remember carbonite lost their data in 2009!!!
    – I prefer Complete Disaster recovery, don’t want to have 2 solutions, one cloud and one imaging
    – Must have Delta or block level backup, where if you upload a PST, you upload the changed blocks
    – No learning curve for the employee, the employee can restore any file without calling the IT Department in case he lost it, if we gave him permission
    – Should never ever interrupt the employee work, for example while giving presentation for clients, etc…
    – Prefer real Deduplication technology!
    – Pricing
    Many other factors
    But After testing both Mozy Pro and Timeline Cloud, we decided to go with Timeline Cloud, for : Cloud Disaster recovery, Using Amazon, Pricing, True Deduplication

    Hope this will help

  3. Ben

    For myself, I personally have been using Sugarsync for a long time now and am more than happy. Not only are they cheaper than most of its competitors, they also offer by far the best product in the market today.

    Also, if you use the following link to sign up for Sugarsync, you now get 5.5 GB of free online storage forever:

  4. Chris

    I tried sugersync personally, its not business, its good for home users, no management no polices, not real business solution, its good as a sync for couple of laptops but its not a business backup, i tried some on the above, carbonite is a joke, mozy good, timeline the best, the others are just products to upload your data to the cloud, i need a solution, not a product

  5. Tony

    Well ive been looking at Cloud Backup solutions for a long time. I have 200 users and many global offices and workstations. Hands down the only solution that works is from SecurStore. I did endless trials and theirs is the only one that met all my requirements. Data is stored in UK plus their cost model is great.

  6. cyril

    Spideroak is the only one I found with command line support under Linux and that can be used without GUI

  7. Steve Shoemaker

    While I agree that back up is only a small part of cloud computing I think it is one of the most important. Accessibility and centralization are very important but the security aspect to me is of the highest priority.

  8. CloudReview

    For enterprise online backup, if you have over 1000 users (employees), manageability is one very important factor. You need to be able to create users, groups and sub-groups. You need to delegate administrative work to sub-group administrators.

  9. Nithya


    Could you advise what would be the pros and cons before considering the backup solution for cloud , currently we are using TSM on premise .. We are planning to move the data to cloud .

  10. Enterprise Features Staff

    Hi Nithya,

    Here are five key advantages of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery:

    1. Simplicity. You can eliminate mundane manual processes & manage your backup environment from anywhere via centralized management portal
    2. Automation. You can automate offsite backups to the cloud which reduces complexity and any human error.
    3. More secure. Despite cloud security concerns, the cloud is sometimes more secure, especially if high security measures are put in place, such as encryption in flight and at rest to ensure your data is protected.
    4. Highly agile. Backup data can scales up or down depending on your storage capacity needs.
    5. Lowered TCO. Save on extra hardware, infrastructure, and power cost, etc.

    Here are some cons, that can be overcome with the right backup provider:

    1. Hidden capital / operating costs that can add up:
    – Many cloud vendors require an appliance to move data from your local storage to the cloud. Opt for an appliance-free solution to eliminate the extra HW cost and maintenance cost for an appliance. In addition, if your data grows, you’ll need to upgrade the appliance if it runs out of capacity.
    – Look for a solution that offers unlimited SW licenses, so you don’t get charged fees per server, laptop, users, etc.

    2. Slow data transfer: Appliance-based backup was used to help solve slow data transfer to the cloud. Look for a solution that includes WAN optimized technologies built-in to speed backups & recoveries.

    3. Cheap cloud backup:
    – If it’s that cheap, it might be too good to be true–there are cloud backup vendors that tout business-level but provide consumer-grade service.
    – Some charge fees only for storage and have a separate charge for backup, as well as restoring data.
    – You need a backup solution that just works – and when it doesn’t, you’ll get charged for service & support (make sure support is included in the cost of the solution)!

    I hope that is helpful.


  11. Vijay

    My company is primarily into imaging, we are using Synology NAS box right now on premises and are looking for offsite/cloud based back up solutions. We just want to back up our NAS box, say about 100TB. It can be a weekly job + manual when ever required. Any one else here from same line of business? Imaging? Photography?Videography? production house? Any advise is much appreciated.

    Thank you,

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