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10 Online Backup Services for Small Businesses

For small businesses, online backup services offer more than just storage space in the cloud. Complete solutions provide a variety of features to protect your system, including file management, encryption and security, multi-device syncing, mobile access, local storage integration, and even FedEx delivery of a recovered hard drive when you need it most.

Here is a list of backup services for small businesses. All of these services offer relatively inexpensive plans. Several of the services offer free plans.

IDrive

IDrive.

IDrive.

IDrive is an inexpensive platform up with plenty of bells and whistles to backup, monitor, and restore your system. IDrive automatically recognizes the modified parts of files and backs them up, syncing in real-time across an unlimited number of devices you link to IDrive. Transfer and store your files with 256-bit AES encryption, using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers. Use the secure local storage, with speedy backups and restores, as a complement to your cloud backup. Price: Free plan offers 5 GB of storage. Premium plans start at $44.62 per year for 1 TB.

SOS

SOS Online Backup.

SOS.

SOS is a backup system that focuses on security and has other nice features. All SOS apps encrypt your files using 256-bit AES before transferring them to the cloud. Each user is protected with a unique key that is not stored or saved in the SOS cloud. Once files arrive, they are encrypted with a second layer of 256-bit AES encryption. SOS has infinite storage with no limits on file size or type. SOS holds every past backup version of every file forever. Price: Plans start at $7.99 per month.

Backblaze

Backblaze.

Backblaze.

Backblaze features continuous backup for unlimited file size, unlimited data, and more. Backblaze automatically backs up all additional external drives. Restore a file, folder, or all your backed up files from any web browser. Access your files through mobile apps. Encrypted files are transferred over a secure SSL connection to a Backblaze data center where they are stored encrypted on disk. Recover your files by having a hard drive or flash drive sent to you via FedEx. Deleted files are retained for 30 days. Price: Plans start at $50 per year.

CrashPlan

CrashPlan.

CrashPlan.

CrashPlan, from Code42, is a system designed for effortless backup. With laptop and desktop performance in mind, CrashPlan works silently in the background so users can keep working. Files are backed up automatically as they change, giving you access to every version of every file, including deleted files. Easily manage all devices and servers. Monitor backups and storage utilization via automated alerts and notifications. Protect every version of every file, forever, with no limits on type, size or number of files. Price: Plans start at $5 per user per month.

Carbonite

Carbonite.

Carbonite.

Carbonite is a popular backup service that lets you back up your system to the cloud automatically and continually in the background while you work. Before leaving your computer, your files are encrypted using 128-bit encryption. Mobile apps allow you to sync, share, and access files, including docs, photos, and media files. Carbonite offers a valet remote-assist service to launch your backup. Business users have the option to have a copy of their backup shipped to their door. Price: Plans start at $59.99 per year.

Mozy

Mozy.

Mozy.

Mozy is an online backup system from EMC, offering backup solutions for individuals, small businesses, and enterprise. Customize your automatic backup schedule to meet your needs. Automatically back up files locally to an external drive in addition to the cloud. Use the mobile apps to access your Mozy Sync folder. Mozy offers a 256-bit AES personal encryption key or a 448-bit Blowfish key and unlimited versions for up to 30 days. Mozy offers a free plan, as well as premium tiered pricing. Be sure to consider your storage needs, as larger plans can be expensive. Price: Free plan offers 2 GB of storage (more for referrals). Premium plans start at $109.89 per year for 10 GB.

SugarSync

SugarSync.

SugarSync.

SugarSync is a backup system that allows you to sync just a few folders or sync all your folders. Automatically sync files across computers. Files are continuously backed up in real-time, providing access to your folders anytime, anywhere, from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. Files are stored in an encrypted format using 256-bit AES. Price: Free plan offers 5 GB of storage. Premium plans start at $7.49 per month.

SpiderOak

SpiderOak.

SpiderOak.

SpiderOak is another backup service focused on security, with comprehensive features to safeguard your entire system. All files saved on its servers are visible only to you. Automatically back up on your schedule. Sync your files data across all your devices, even select specific folders, and see the files in real-time. SpiderOak allows unlimited versions saved forever. Create password-protected share rooms and send folders or files to whomever you choose. Price: Free plan offer 2 GB. Premium plans start at $7 per month for 30 GB.

OpenDrive

OpenDrive.

OpenDrive.

OpenDrive is an affordable backup solution for individuals and small businesses. Create a custom plan for your backup needs, with a wide variety of storage, bandwidth, and user amounts. Sync files and folders on your computer or external storage device temporarily or permanently with OpenDrive. Share files and folders with anyone or add users to your OpenDrive account to access them directly. Directly link or embed any of your files for use in emails, websites, or social networks. Sync backup files across computers connected to any account. Price: Free plan offers 5 GB. Premium plans start at $6 per month.

Zoolz

Zoolz.

Zoolz.

Zoolz is a practical, low-cost backup service, designed for the long-term storage of your external, internal, and network drives. Set scheduling, file filtering, open file backup, upload speed limit, and more. Restore a single file or a complete system. Zoolz encrypts files before they leave your machine, then securely transfers and stores them on encrypted servers using 256 AES. Double your backup protection, by saving a local copy to an external drive. Price: Plans start at $14.99 per year.

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Comments ( 2 )

  1. lstegemiller June 19, 2016 Reply

    Qbox is another great tool to use to back up your files! If a file ends up with corruption for any reason, the administrator can very simply “roll back” the file with just a couple of clicks to any one of the last ten “versions” (updates).

    Using Qbox will avoid the headaches and loss of time related to a corrupted file.

    For more information, visit their website at http://www.qboxplus.com

  2. PaulBlitz October 13, 2016 Reply

    Great article! Very insightful! Since you have clearly done your research very well, which of these would you personally go in for?