Online Backup for Small Business
MozyPro can automatically back up your critical files that reside on desktops, laptops, or servers. The company's software is compatible with both Windows and Mac (including Mac-based servers), and it can also back up data from ubiquitous Windows server applications Exchange and SQL. Mozy charges a flat rate according to the amount of storage you consume rather than the number of computers you need to protect (though there is a surcharge if you need to back up servers).
Price: 30-day trial; $40 per month for 100 GB on unlimited computers; $12.99 per month add-on to back up servers; discounts available for 1- and 2- year subscriptions
Price: 30-day trial; $229 per year for 250 GB on unlimited computers (no servers); $599 per year for 500GB (includes servers); each additional 50 or 100 GB is $55 or $99 per year, respectively; discounts available for 2- and 3-year subscriptions
CrashPlan Pro doesn't limit its support to Windows and Mac computers; it works with Linux and Solaris systems as well. It also has a unique pricing scheme that lets you choose between backing up an unlimited amount of data per computer or an unlimited number of computers for a given amount of data.
Price: 30-day trial; $9.99 per month per computer for unlimited data, or $34.99 per month for 100 GB on unlimited computers (discounts available for 1- and 2-year subscriptions)
Most online backup services—including the ones listed above—stick to backing up files and folders rather than entire computers, so in the event of a complete system failure you have to re-install the operating system and applications before restoring your data. Acronis Backup and Recovery Online will create complete images of workstations, servers, or virtual machines, which can get your business back up and running faster.
Price: 60-day trial; Workstation (250 GB) $99 per year; Server (1 TB) $749 per year; VM (2 TB) $1,499 per year
Joseph Moran is a veteran technology writer and co-author of Getting StartED with Windows 7, from Friends of ED.
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