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.