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Best Online Cloud based backup solution for a server

Posted on 2013-10-30
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I'm looking for a cloud based backup service for about 500GB of data on a Windows 2012 server. I use Carbonite for my home PC's and am currently doing a trial with Carbonite with their server version. What I like about Carbonite is that it puts that green dot on files and folders to let you know it is successfully backed up. What I hate about is it seems to randomly skip some files for no good reason including some Excel files and some of the default settings (like skipping video files) are scary.

I'm looking into iDrive which looks promising and is also reasonably priced. SOS and Crashplan do not have server versions.

anyone have any other suggesstions?

Thanks Experts!!
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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After reviewing dropbox, google drive, ms skydrive, icloud and a few others including idrive, I ended up testing dropbox, google drive and ms skydrive with 2 gigs of data, I ended up with dropbox.  I did noticed that both google and ms did not sync every file.  What I did was not scientific, but it worked for me.  What I like about dropbox, is I don't have to worry about backing up because it is done on the fly.    There is also a saved copy of the file every time you save the file.  If you are working on a document and made some type of error that you wish you would have had a back up for, you can go to the dropbox website to view your files and see every revision you ever made.  As long as you pay for the service, each revision stays online and does not go towards your total space.
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by:shahzoor
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you may consider sugarsync as well
http://www.sugarsync.com/sync_comparison.html

go for a business solution which comes with lots of options
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by:crdixon
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I don't think I can run SugarSync on a Windows server. What I don't like about DropBox is that you are basically surrendering all the Windows permissions in favor of DropBox's sharing functionality. My wish list would go something like this...

1. Be able to right click on any folder and add it to the back up set.
2. All Windows Server permissions remain the way the are.
3. For someone in a satellite office, they could just add a simple short cut to the home office folder and it would sync locally. I realize Windows does this already but it would be nice if it could failover to the backup service in case the home office server is down.
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We went with Carbonite.  compatible with both servers and workstations. Simplistic user interface with green dots showing what is successfully backed up. We have over a 1/2 TB so far. Easy to check the status of all backups. Its inexpensive peace of mind. I trust it way more than tape drives.
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by:crdixon
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Really simple to use and reliable.
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