Backups are all the rage these days. At least, they are all the rage at Backpack Tactics. We believe strongly in a good backup strategy. The best way to accomplish this is with cloud technology. We’ve previously discussed cloud backup in general, and we’ve covered particular cloud backup services in the past, such as Crashplan. Let’s compare a couple of the popular services that work well for small businesses or nonprofits: Mozy and Carbonite. These products fit well for home/individual users, too, but I’ll be comparing their small business or nonprofit versions–that is, the “pro” versions of Mozy and Carbonite.
What they have in common and how they differ
Both of these services run in the background on your computer, watch for changes or additions to designated folders and files, and automatically and securely back them up to your online account behind the scenes. They don’t interrupt you while you work, and they don’t require you to “remember” to backup–it’s completely automatic. Once you set it up, you can forget about it. They are comparable in price, too, as you can see below. Here’s a summary comparison of the key features.
Mozy tends to be better for slightly more advanced users because it has a less generous version history (30 days rather than 90) and has more advanced file selection features. It also has a modest nonprofit discount, making it more economical for nonprofits in some cases.
Carbonite tends to be better for users that are less careful and more likely to need that 90-day version history. There are fewer file selction options, but is, partially for this reason, easier to back up. Carbonite would be more cost-effective for an office (for- or non-profit) that has many computers but not very much total data.
Some other backup services have very competitive pricing with similar services. Cloudberry (which uses Amazon S3 as their storage container), Spideroak, and Jungledisk (which uses Rackspace as their storage container) are a few that come to mind. They could be great alternatives to Mozy or Carbonite. We’ll cover some of these services in a future comparison post.