Computer backup for a professional service is fundamental to preserve all company data such as files and folders. To do this, you have several options: local, private, external or cloud-based backups.
For those that are willing to save money, there is plenty of free backup software that can easily fit a corporate environment.
With our comparison of the best backup services, you can get an overview to find the best free solution for your business.
Backup: Why you should prefer the online version
What to save
A backup solution handles different documents, whether they are reports, photos or videos. Furthermore, a professional will need to protect also his business tools: software, office suites, installed extensions, etc.
Local vs Cloud backup
For your backups, different archiving options are possible. It could be a matter of:
- external hard disk, on-site or from a service provider. We define this physical, private or delegated backups
- cloud storage, through cloud computing. In this case, your data is hosted on a dedicated server. We define this private or public cloud
The Limits of Physical Backup
By choosing hard disk storage for your data, you are not protected from damage to the devices used for its storage. Following an accident, such as a flood, fire or shock, a hard disk can be damaged and become unreadable, preventing data recovery.
Online backup and freedom of movement
Online backup is cloud-based and eliminates the risks associated with hardware deterioration. By storing content in the cloud, you get permanent accessibility. Through any Internet access, you'll be able to consult, edit or import your items. There is no need to be in the office or to use a particular computer, the accessibility no longer depends on the location and the devices used.
Online backup and sharing
In addition to the mobility advantage of online backup solutions, their access has the advantage of being shareable. Protected by an access code, password or accessible via a specific link, items remain available for users. So, this backup solution becomes a collaborative tool.
Online free backup tools
In the beginning, the free backup market was mostly thought for domestic solutions. Nowadays all the major software houses managed to provide some free versions that can easily be adapted to business.
Among best-known solutions:
- HubiC: the OVH hub in Cloud mode, with 25 GB of storage for free
- SugarSync offers a 30-day free trial period
- VMware, is another well-known American tool
- Crashplan is a free solution for private use and paid for companies
- SkyDrive, now OneDrive, is the Microsoft solution
- iCloud is from Apple
Free often means limited
Some of the most famous online backup, sharing and file transfer solutions are only partially free, to get unlimited storage you need to pay:
- Google Drive is free up to 15 GB stored and after that is subjected to a fee
- Dropbox has 2 GB available for the basic version with extra GB in the premium version
Moreover, this kind of solution fits best a company with limited dimensions in terms of documents and employees.
The possibilities of use
When solutions also exist as applications, you can download the app on your tablet or smartphone. There are also platforms for computers that allow offline access. In this case, the solutions allow you to automate the synchronization between different devices.
The best backup software online for business
In a professional context, challenges associated with data backup do not allow any amateurism. Online backup, because of its advantages in terms of accessibility, sharing and security, is the perfect solution for businesses. However, in order to operate in a secure and fluid IT environment, it is necessary to ask for both service and data reversibility.
|Software||Software cloud/on premise||Space||Main pros|
|Iperius||On premise||N/A||High flexibility|
|EaseUS||On premise||16 TB||SQL specialized software|
|Uranium||On premise||External cloud server||Extremely complete|
|Acronis||On premise||250GB - 1TB||
Complete but easy to use interface
|Openbackup||Cloud||10GB-1TB||Many versions to cover all kind of needs|
|GoodSync||On premise||External cloud server||High level of safety|
Solution 1: Iperius
There are several versions of Iperius to better adapt it to individual needs. Here we will talk about the backup tool with online data storage. The cloud platforms used to storage are the most popular on the market: Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon and so on.
Among its most interesting features, we find:
- incremental backup to FTP,
- ZIP compression,
- automatic backup,
- secure protocols FTPS and SFTP.
Solution 2: EaseUS backup
EaseUS backup is a solution suitable for both professional and personal purposes. It leverages on reliability and simplicity in usages. The three main activities of this software are backup, clone and recovery. It exists in different versions according to the needs and it is compatible with Windows operating systems.
Solution 3: Uranium
Uranium is a solid and reliable backup service. Over the years, it has developed a certain reputation and has had the opportunity to grow thanks to its experience on the market.
It is a complete solution that can backup a multitude of files (from classic folders to virtual machines) on different types of storage such as hard drive, NAS, server and cloud.
Made in Italy, today it is available in 100 countries and 13 languages.
Solution 4: Acronis
With Acronis, you do not only have a backup solution, but a more general data protection service. Although it offers considerable functionalities, it is very easy to use. The main functions of the program are:
- disaster recovery,
- file authentication.
Furthermore, it has native integration with tools such as Odin, Plesk, HostBIll and etc.
Solution 5: Openbackup
Openbackup emphasizes the fluidity of backup processes so as not to damage or compromise the work of your employees. The software ensures that the bandwidth is not saturated, doing its job in the background. The web client guarantees you high availability on all your elements.
Solution 6: GoodSync
GoodSync is also world-famous. It is extremely flexible and adaptable to various platforms and solutions. In fact, it is compatible with the main desktop and mobile operating systems (Linux, Windows, Mac, Android OS) and with the principal cloud services on the market.
- Among its outstanding features:
- bandwidth limitation,
- automatic backup,
- block-level data transfer and much more.
Solution 7: ShareFile
ShareFile, by Citrix, automatically performs incremental backups with versioning. These cover all content associated with fixed workstations. The provider commits to data loss insurance and its Service Level Agreement (SLA) of more than 99.5%.
In conclusion, we had an overview of the options you can find in choosing backup software. Cloud or private? free or professional? now you have all the information to choose the best solution.