Carbonite Vs Mozy Vs SOS : SOS Online Backup Wins the Speed Test

March 9, 2012

There is a lot of talk about initial backup speeds – and usually these conversations are in the context of “initial backups are slower than molasses”. This is because a system designed to do small back ups is being asked to do a very large backup – like a business might do. It’s also because many online backup software solutions don’t want to move backups to the cloud quickly. It’s more expensive than moving it at a “slow as molasses” pace.

You know the old phrase “slow and steady wins the race”? That definitely doesn’t apply to online backup.

SOS Online Backup is designed to do fast initial uploads. We understand that you’re putting your data in the safety of the cloud because you want it to be secure. Getting data up into the cloud faster allows it to be secured and protected much more quickly.

SOS Online Backup conducted an off site speed test against Mozy home software and Carbonite home software. The results were surprisingly stark. SOS Online Backup won the speed test. SOS Online Backup was able to do an initial upload 20.2 GB of data in  just 23 hours and 29 minutes. 

We certainly recommend factoring in initial upload speed into determining the general quality of the online backup software you purchase for your home or business. A slow initial upload will mean that there may be additional hurdles and limitations yet to be discovered.

Click here to review the technical specifications of this off site speed test.

Have you heard? SOS Online Backup just launched a 15GB secure online backup plan for Android backup and PC backup! Download it in the Android market today for just $3.95 (this price is  good through March 12th).


UK Survey Shows Poor Backups are Putting Businesses At Risk : Online Backup for Business

November 18, 2011

Today Vanson Bourne released a study which showed that on average most businesses in the UK backup data only once per month. One tenth of the 1,000 businesses surveyed backup only once per year.

Businesses are displaying a worryingly lax attitude to backup which could cause problems in the event of a disaster, as it will make data recovery much more difficult and time consuming.

A recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne on 1,000 UK companies revealed that the average firm only backs up data once a month, while one tenth only backup once a year, making them vulnerable to lost data.

The firm explained that by leaving it this late, businesses often have a huge amount of data to back up, leading to a bottleneck situation which can mean that backups take a considerable length of time or even, in worst case scenarios, fail altogether.

Furthermore, should firms be hit by a disaster or equipment failure prior to their backup, they may find data recovery is much more complicated, meaning the time it takes for them to get back up and running is increased, costing them money.

It’s very possible that your business is at risk for data loss even if you believe to be backed up. SOS Online Backup’s software platform includes SOS ForeverSave and unlimited versioning for all products. These two features provides full backup and recovery for files and folders. As soon as changes are detected in a file or folder, SOS jumps into action and saves a version of that file. With SOS Timeline Recovery, SOS users can go back to any point in time and restore a version of a file.

If you’d like to learn more about online backup and keeping your business data secure, contact an SOS backup specialist at 877.896.3611.


The Disaster Recovery Plan: Small Business is Real Business Too

November 15, 2011

I’m amazed at how many of my small business clients don’t treat their fledgling companies like a real business.  By that I don’t mean that they should have a matched 401k, pension plan and a company Christmas party.  I simply mean that they don’t realize that some of the needs of big business are exactly the same as their own needs.

When pressed, most tell me that their business doesn’t have the resources to fulfill all of these needs.  That’s when I tell them that they might need to pick and choose, but some needs are universal and have to be addressed for the long-term survivability of the business.

One of the most critical of these is some sort of disaster recovery plan.

“But that’s for big businesses.  I’m just one guy with one laptop and a dinky office.”

I hear that quite a bit, believe me.  See how this scenario plays out for your small business:

I was sitting down talking to Jared about his small business IT needs and he had given me some of the arguments above.  I do business with Jared myself, as I’ve grown to trust him as well as he trusts me.

“Jared, I don’t think I got your invoice from last month and I want to get you a check.  Can you tell me how much I owe you?”  I asked.

“Sure, just let me…”

I interrupted him by pushing the lid of his laptop closed.

“Sorry, your hard drive just crashed.”

Jared looked at me, smiling at my joke.

“No, really, what are you going to do now?”  I asked.

Jared paused for a second, so I pushed him further.

“What else can’t you do, and how long until you would be able to do those things again?”

So I’m asking that question of all small business owners.  “What can’t you do, and how long until you would be able to do it again?”

Maybe “Disaster Recovery Plan” sounds too much like a big business thing.  Let’s just take that first step to getting there, data backup.  A solid backup plan should be just as important as liability insurance, good accounting and customer service to a business.

If you’re like most of the small businesses I work with, something you definitely will be looking for is a plan that doesn’t require you to put on another hat.  You wear enough already.  This is why I push most of my clients toward an online backup solution.  Install, choose what to backup, look at the reports.  It couldn’t be much easier than that.

— The Backup Master


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