One lesson the devastating earthquake in Haiti has taught us is that natural disasters can cause billions of dollars in damage anywhere in the world almost instantaneously. If an earthquake of that magnitude were to hit a tech-centric city like San Francisco, millions of computer files would likely be lost in the destruction.
Natural disasters, house fires and hard drive failures are exactly the futile situations for which backup services like Carbonite exist. Carbonite has been providing consumer level backup since its foudning 2006, and now the company is offering competitively priced solutions for small businesses.
Carbonite Pro has an automatically tiered system with the lowest tier at just $10 a month for 20 GB of storage on an unlimited number of computers or servers.Carbonite's consumer level backup plans cost $54.95 per year, per computer, but small businesses often have hundreds of computers they need to backup. Their new service,
If a business exceeds their plan, they are automatically bumped up to the next highest plan, and if they use less than their allotted space, they are bumped down to the lower pricing. The service offers a system overview of storage to avoid unexpectedly breaking into the more expensive tiers.
Carbonite has introduced this program to offer and alternative to their competitor, MozyPro which offers similar pricing plans and features. MozyPro bills businesses at $0.50 per GB, the same pricing Carbonite's tiers begin at, but they also charge a monthly license fee for each computer or server their software is installed on. However, MozyPro will work on Windows and Macintosh machines, while Carbonite will only work with Windows.
For small businesses, backing up data is an important step for setting up shop, and Carbonite looks to be a competitive solution for Windows users that want to backup multiple machines. If your startup lives and breathes on Macintosh boxes, MozyPro or Leopard's Time Machine may be a better backup choice.