Saturday, March 08, 2008

Carbonite: Off-Site Backup for Everyone

I've been testing Carbonite backup for a little over a year now. The price is certainly right: about $50 a year. For your dollar you can backup as much data as you want to, no limits. It works. It's simple. It's priced right. It's secure. I'm a fan.  If you have computers or laptops with important data then you'll want to consider Carbonite to back them up. Historically backing up a laptop that you don't see very often was difficult. Now it's simple.

This backup system is specifically designed to backup PC's or laptops, not servers. I know that you're going to ask, "Why not servers?" Because it doesn't understand how to backup open files or mounted databases. This would leave out the most important pieces of your server, like Exchange, Sharepoint, SQL and your accounting application. It also saves its files in a single location, whereas as server class off-site backup always replicates to multiple data centers. Sure in a pinch you could use it but we'd have to jump through some hoops to make it work just OK and I'm not a fan of band-aid solutions. You might get away with it in the short term but they always come back to bite you.

Let me show you how easy this is to use:



It's a point and click interface and it doesn't get in the way of your work. Right click on a folder and choose backup this up. That's it you're done. Carbonite will do the rest from that point forward.

I like this program so much that I've agreed to be interviewed for their marketing purposes on an occasional basis. So far I've been interviewed by 3 different trade magazines. In exchange, we're getting a little discount off the price and of course superior support. It's important to me that we have good contacts within the support system of the vendors whose products we choose to recommend beyond the usual, just call this number. These relationships are what allow us to provide you with superior service. Even though we're small we work toward being recognized as an important customer to our chosen vendors and leverage that relationship on your behalf.



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