Best Cloud Backup Service


I’m looking for a good cloud backup and restore service that doesn’t just backup files but provides a mirror image of a server that can be quickly restored, provides backup and restore of VMs and keeps backed data for up to 6-12 months. Looking at approx 2TB data backup.

I have read about Acronis 12.5, Backup Assist, Carbonite and a few others but still can’t make my mind up. I’m pushing more towards Acronis but it seems the most expensive.

Any help much appreciated.
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Dr. KlahnConnect With a Mentor Principal Software EngineerCommented:
I've never believed in cloud backup at a system level.  When the time comes that you really, really need it, the system is so damaged that you cannot restore it because it's corrupt and can't access the network.  Better to stick in a second identical drive right into the server and periodically make a full image.  Then when catastrophe strikes, you swap the drives around and keep going.

Carbonite in particular is deceitful about their cloud service.  The default package only backs up user files, not the system.  You have to pay more to get what should be the standard.

As far as Acronis, ... well!  I used to use it, but after version 8 it became so unreliable that I dumped it and went to Macrium Reflect instead.  Acronis is fine if you want to make backups, though.  So long as you never need to use them.

Every backup package I've seen, Macrium included, charges extra to run on a server.  Keep this in mind.

If you're only going to be using 2TB of backup, you might consider buying a small NAS system and stick two 2TB drives into it.  And back up twice, because invariably when you need it one backup will have a single bad block in it.
LBTechSolConnect With a Mentor Operations DirectorCommented:
for a complete backup solution i would suggest:

1) Local File/Folder & Local image level backup
2) remote replication Files & Folders
3) Remote image level replication

There are a few options out there:
Veeam - Cloud Connect linked ot Azure/AWS
Datto - The will also be able to provide local Hardware and Cloud services
ASR - Microsoft Services to Azure
discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies guys. Macrium Reflect, does this software allow an image to be created ? Never used it before. I've read in a few places that Acronis is much better now, although it is hugely expensive. I have had my doubts about cloud backups and restore for the reasons mentioned, looking at reviews on various websites, Acronis and a couple of others keep coming up with good reviews. The NAS box may well be the way to go though.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Macrium allows doing any number of things, including generating full and incremental images.

(Note that the Server version, unlike the home version, is not free.)

There's a 30-day free trial period, which should give enough time to decide whether it's what you want.
cameron LConnect With a Mentor Product AssistantCommented:
I know aomei backupper server version could create a backup image  and support to restore feature. But from its website, it doesn't provide the cloud backup feature.  You can check it maybe.
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