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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on December 03, 2012

Update: On Feb. 19, 2013, Vembu added new features to SyncBlaze. Click here for details.

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Summary

Vembu Technologies, headquartered in Chennai, India is a well recognized and trusted leader in providing best-in-breed and reliable managed IT solutions. The company has been regularly featured in CRN’s Annual Emerging Vendors list and has won some of the most coveted awards like the ‘Deloitte Technology Fast 50’ and ‘Red Herring 100 Asia’. It was also a finalist in the VAR Business Tech Innovator Award and in the Windows IT Pro Award for Interoperability.

Vembu offers StoreGrid, a data protection solution, and SyncBlaze, an online file sharing and collaboration solution to existing and potential channel market. The products are affordable and available for a 30-day full feature trial download from the website of the company. It is marketed through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Managed Hosting Providers (MHPs) and Value added Resellers (VARs).

Vembu’s SyncBlaze is a scalable, flexible, robust and affordable solution tailored to meet the needs of small and medium organizations for instantly sharing and collaborating on their business content. SyncBlaze users can synchronize or access their office documents, presentations, bookmarked web pages, meeting notes and any other kinds of documents from within the application interface and their mobile devices.

Ease of use for the end users and tighter security for the IT admin are in principle, the core aspects of SyncBlaze’s content management technology. Users can categorize, capture, organize, and manage documents from multiple sources. A powerful search engine dynamically creates the necessary metadata and indexes for e-discovery of documents from all kinds of devices. Data created in a variety of applications including Google Apps, embedded multimedia and social media, bookmarks, RSS feeds or notes can be stored and retrieved with absolute ease.  Data can be accessed from anywhere and from any kind of computing device or mobile device at any time.

SyncBlaze promotes business productivity without compromising security. Files can be shared as a link within or outside the user domain or other group members or groups of users can be invited to collaborate on a specific document with a few clicks—irrespective of whether the device in use is a workstation or a tablet or a smart phone unit.  However, information access and sharing is governed by role based, policy defined protocols that can be tweaked into the SyncBlaze’s administrative application settings.

SyncBlaze is a sophisticated and effective alternative to FTP servers and File servers.  Administration of the existing on premise IT infrastructure and requisitioned infrastructure in the cloud is made simpler with secure centralized provisioning.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value Added Resellers (VARs) will find that SyncBlaze is highly customizable, brand-able with multiple deployment options and they can confidently offer their customers a powerful content management platform that promotes their identity in the market.  The MSPs and VARs can help customers leverage cloud infrastructures available with third party IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) providers or adapt the solution to infrastructures available with the MSP keeping in mind the specific requirements of the individual customer–such as, level of control over data or visibility over users.

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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on October 23, 2012

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Summary

Vembu Technologies founded in 2004 by Sekar Vembu — the current Chief Executive Officer— and his team of management graduates and technology experts, is headquartered in Chennai, India. The Company frequently figures in CRNs Annual Emerging Vendors list and has won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award and the “Red Herring 100 Asia” awards. It was a finalist in the VAR Business Tech Innovator award and in the Windows IT Pro Award for Interoperability. The twin offerings of the company —StoreGrid (data protection solution) and SyncBlaze (online file sharing and collaboration solution) — are affordably priced for the customers —Managed Service Providers, Managed Hosting Providers and Value Added Resellers.

Since its inception in 2004, Vembu’s award winning cloud solutions have delivered tangible value to over 3500 partners worldwide who manage, protect and administer over 50 PB of business critical data. Vembu takes great pride in its core values, the most important of which is that of always placing its customers’ & partners’ interests first.

StoreGrid Service Provider Edition (version 4.2) –the data protection software– being reviewed here is robust state-of-the-art, award winning backup software marketed by Vembu Technologies to provide flexible, cost effective and reliable managed cloud services to small and medium enterprises.

StoreGrid Service Provider Edition can be seamlessly and instantly deployed or configured to create a peer to peer storage grid out of existing space on available hardware on the local area network (Intranet P2P Backup Mode, Client Server Backup Mode etc) or on a remote server outside the network. User customizable data encryption, compression, versioning, backup scheduling and block level or file level data restores—are part of the packaged offering. Users can purchase a license to use the software and the services from Managed Service providers or authorized resellers of the company and expect to be fully (and even obsessively) supported through the installation, management and maintenance phases of their relationship with the service provider and the original creator of the software.

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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on October 10, 2012

This review focuses on CTREA C200. However, the review also equally applies to CloudPlug, C400, and C800, as they all use the same web interface and codes.

Summary

CTERA Networks has been in the news in the recent months for a variety of reasons. The company was named the Champion and Trend Setter in Cloud Backup Gateways by the InfoTech Research Group in their vendor landscape report titled “Cloud Backup Gateways.” CISCO in its Partner Summit in April 2012 announced that they have embedded CTERA software (under E-Series Cisco UCS platforms) in its Integrated Services Router(ISR) G2 platform for improving access, availability and security of cloud applications. Swisscom IT Services launched cloud storage services that are powered by CTERA networks.  CTERA Networks announced the availability of Apple iOS and Android Mobile App for secure file access and sharing in the cloud.

This privately held company is headquartered at Petah Tivkah, Israel and Palo Alto, California and has a number of offices in other parts of the world. It offers a range of highly cost effective, hybrid data protection solutions to small and medium enterprises.

CTERA’s solution combines a cloud-side management platform (CTERA Portal) with managed appliances and software agents that together deliver a comprehensive storage, backup and file sharing solution that is a hybrid of local and cloud storage, bringing together local performance and the scale and accessibility of the cloud.

The solution is sold through a network of resellers and MSPs (not directly by the company) and typically includes an appliance such as the one reviewed here and annual or monthly subscription to cloud services that depend on the service provider. CTERA’s aim is to empower its partners to be active in providing managed cloud services.

The NAS Storage products include, CloudPlug (no bigger than an AC adapter weighing 300 g), and the C-Series (with 2, 4 and 8 SATA 1TB drives named as C200, C400 and C800).  CloudPlug sells for $199, which includes one year of 10GB of online storage. The price for the C-series starts at $499 with a few bonuses attached on purchase, such as a 10GB of online storage for 30 days. Additional 10GB of online storage can be purchased at $9.95 a month or $110 a year. These are indicative prices (MSRP) and may vary according to volumes and the service provider.

The network attached storage appliances facilitate clientless backup of local desktops, laptops, servers, and other hand held computing devices. The devices have to be configured with the appropriate application aware CTERA agents for the backup to kick through. CTERA Workstation agents work only with Windows 7, Vista or XP and Server Agents work with Windows 7, Vista, 2003 SP1, 2008 or 2008 R2 Server, Linux (SUSE/RHEL/Ubuntu). 20 workstation agents are automatically included in the package. Additional agents can be purchased.

NTFS, FAT 32, EXT3 and NEXT3 file systems are supported with the default file system being EXT3.

File sharing is enabled with Windows File Sharing (CIFS), Apple File Sharing (AFP), NFS, Time machine, Rsync and WebDAV. UPnP and Bonjour discovery are used for network discovery in Windows and Mac systems respectively.  Re-sizeable logical volumes can be created. Thin provisioned multiple snapshots can be taken with Next3.  AES 256 Volume encryption is used to encrypt data. Microsoft Active Directory support is available. Full text search is facilitated. The Web based user interface requires MS Internet Explorer 7 and above, Firefox 3 and above, Chrome 5 or newer.

User management is role based. Users can be assigned rights and permissions and provided with disk quotas. Usage data can be logged, viewed and monitored in real time remotely. Custom email alerts and reports can be generated per user per usage basis.

The device is optimized for incremental cloud backup with data compression and 256 bit AES encryption, SHA-1 finger printing and secret passphrase. Data is transferred over 128 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Block level and global level deduplication is automatically triggered on backup. Previous file versions can be retained in “nested snapshots”. Backups can be scheduled to kick start automatically or can be manually initiated. Multiple users can synchronize their systems with the files stored in their cloud backups simultaneously.

Backups can be seeded offline. Backup sets can be constructed by selecting specific folders or defining file attributes. Open or locked files are also backed up.  Project based and time limited invitation based collaboration is facilitated for all kinds of backup. The backup in the cloud can be accessed from anywhere, anytime and restores can be initiated using Windows Previous Versions, Virtual Cloud Drive, Local appliance, Web Interface or using the CTERA Portal.  Data can be recovered bare metal to same or similar hardware as the source from which the data was backed up or to a Virtual machine.

CTERA devices are not power guzzlers. The CloudPlug consumes 5W max and the C-Series require 50W, 250W, and 256W max for its C200, C400 and C800 devices, respectively.  The operating environment must be maintained at 0-40°C (32 to 104°F), humidity of 5%-90%, non-condensed.

CTERA hybrid storage solutions are ideal for distributed environments in which there are a variety of storage services to be managed (such as backup and recovery from diverse computing devices, cloud on ramping, and file sharing and collaboration) and monitored from a central location securely and effectively.  Even enterprises that are new to mobile access will find this service easy to deploy, manage and monitor.

The different Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices marketed by CTERA use similar installation wizards and software interfaces for access and management of the device and the cloud backup connection. So, the learning curve is short and users can acquire expertise in the use of more than one CTERA device by just familiarizing themselves with one device. However, the company believes in supporting its customers and even hand holding them until they find their feet. Elaborate help files, FAQs, videos and usage tips are available on the website of the company for troubleshooting or learning. The device also comes with an installation manual that contains a pictorial and textual step by step walkthrough of the installation and configuration process.

CTERA is definitely recommended for small and medium enterprises looking for a hybrid solution for their storage and disaster recovery needs.

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(2.5 Stars out of possible 5 stars)

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2012

Summary

Those who cannot be bothered with mastery over technology will find MyPCBackup an attractive option. The Online backup tool created by the Hampshire, UK based company of the same name, is simple to install and even simpler to use.

MyPCBackup is a recent addition to the cloud backup Industry. This Public Limited Company was established in 2010 by Daniel Richards with a clear agenda to create and deploy a Online backup tool that meets the needs of individual users with unlimited storage wants and limited budgets. The website almost screams out the fact that storage is unlimited (with a ceiling clause–on how much data can be uploaded per month–tucked into “terms and conditions”). The number of licenses that can be obtained by a single user is also unlimited. Users can sign up for multiple licenses for a single storage account. A free trial offering urges the user to give it a “try” before making the “buy”.

The feature page on the website informs the user that the tool allows backup scheduling, versioning, automation, permits synchronization of multiple computers, and anywhere, anytime access to files and folders. Bandwidth throttling and idle backup are a definite “inclusive” in the feature list.

Any kind of computing device can be hooked on to the online backup account. Users of Windows, Mac, iOS/iPhone or Android will just have to download and install the automatically pre-identified, appropriate agent on their device. A Linux version of the software is in the pipeline. Backup of network drives is not yet permitted, however the website promises the introduction of Business plans in 2012 that will permit backup of network drives soon.

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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on October 2, 2011

Summary

Cloud backup is here to stay. Whether private users or enterprises wish to protect their data, or service providers wish to launch a data protection service for their customers, NovaStor equips them with reliable solutions that are easy-to-manage and to implement.

NovaStor, an award winning data protection specialist with a focus on exploiting cloud technologies, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland makes an all out effort to understand the needs of its customers and develop a range of products that address every possible data protection and availability need that can be visualized. All facets of data storage–data protection, data recovery, long-term compliant and secure storage of data — are important to them. NovaStor’s NovaBACKUP portfolio includes data protection solutions for single workstations, servers, Microsoft SQL, Exchange, virtual environments on Hyper-V or VMware, heterogeneous networks, as well s platforms for providing public and private cliud backup as a service. Prices start at $49.95 for protecting a single workstation and ranges to cost-effective license models for network backup, datacenter protection or platforms for public and private cloud backup.

NovaStor has its development centers at Hamburg, Germany and Agoura Hills, California, USA. NovaStor’s customers are private users, small and medium sized companies and large institutional organizations. Selected data backup and restore products for workstations, servers and medium-sized networks are currently available for download in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Simple Chinese.

A 15-day fully-functional trial version (of NovaStor’s backup software for workstations, servers and virtual environments), is available for download from NovaStor’s website. The .exe file that needs to be downloaded for the trial (we picked NovaBACKUP Business Essentials for single servers with Microsoft Exchange and SQL ) is fairly small sized at 158 MB and downloads quickly. The installation process is simple and takes only a few minutes. Once the agent has been downloaded and installed on the system, users have all choices for onsite backup and recovery processes as users can schedule local backups on local drives or network devices. To incorporate cloud backup in the standard backup processes, users may sign up for online storage with one of the NovaStor recommended partners. Both onsite and offsite data protection may then be managed from the same interface.

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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on September 20, 2011

Note: Our 2010 review of KeepVault is found here

Summary

It is a year since we last visited KeepVault with an intent to review. There have been many changes since then; and an enhanced version of the online backup, synchronization and conversion software has now been released by Proxure as KeepVault version 4.0 with support for Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7. A WHS connector for Mac to PC connectivity is an interesting new feature.

A common code base continues to streamline development of the software in the company. The easy to use interface with high level data management APIs, modular design with cross platform support, small footprint and robust encryption and compression technology ensures that KeepVault Version 4.0 remains an attractive option for consumers and MSPs alike.

Additional features in the new version include Server 03/08 support, SBS 2011 & Storage Server 2011 clients, differential backups and versioning, time stamped versioned file uploads, proxy support, administrator locks for enhanced security, online administrator console for anywhere, anytime access with an ability to create sub user accounts for departments of the enterprise or groups of users. Access to backups via iOS, Android and other mobile devices is now possible with potential for cross device restores.

The enhanced technology enables online storage for individuals and small and medium enterprises. Users can enjoy ubiquitous and remote access to their data. Confused with KeepSync? The backup and recovery service has not become complex with the release of the new version. The agent download, installation and configuration remain simple. The process can still be handled, with ease, by the novice and the newbie. Setup Wizards guide the process of installation and recommend default user settings to help users strategize/ optimize data protection schedules.

User settings can be tweaked by expert users to take advantage of high speed uploads (up to 2 M bits per second) or ultra high speed uploads (up to 5 M bits per second); schedule time-stamped or continuous backup; backup to a local drive in parallel; encrypt data with 128 bit or 256 bit encryption (this is new) and upload large files with no additional/repeated effort. Configuration settings can be fine-tuned for triggering error notifications via SMS, email, System event logs. MAC and PC systems can be connected with WHS KeepVault Connector.

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4 star rating 3X Online Offsite Remote Cloud Backup Appliance Review

(4.0 Stars out of Possible 5)

Originally Reviewed on April 17, 2011, but updated on August 10, 2011

Update on October 26, 2012 – 3X has been acquired by Trustyd. For details, click here.

Update on November 11, 2013 – 3X and its new owner, Trustyd, have gone out of business.

Summary

The 3X Systems Remote Backup Appliance (3X RBA) is unlike any other remote backup and disaster recovery solution available on the market today. The 3X RBA is an all-in-one, data backup appliance that combines hardware and software into an easy to use appliance. The appliance automatically locates authenticated client endpoints and performs incremental backups over the Internet. Organizations can back up any mix of servers, desktops and laptops and since the appliance remains offsite, at any location the user desires, the system provides offsite disaster recovery as well. Users will appreciate the fact that they own the appliance and don’t have to worry about monthly, recurring fees or additional endpoint fees. In addition, for companies concerned with the security and privacy of their data, the security features of the software combined with the user having control of the physical location of the appliance at all times, creates a unique private cloud backup option.

The 3X proprietary vault architecture has been created by 3X Systems, Columbus, Ohio, USA. 3X Systems was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Alan Arman with a clear mission stemming from a lack of practical and affordable data backup products in the SME marketplace. His mission was to create a reliable offsite backup solution that is automated, easy to use, and affordable.

The solution consists of a Windows agent that sends backup data from the client to the appliance and works with all versions of Windows as well as agents for Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server. The appliance links to a collection of agents working on clients that can be located anywhere on the globe –even behind firewalls – via a locator service using a unique key that ties each client to a particular 3X appliance.

3X has designed three different appliances models –named 500 Series, Tera Series and Enterprise Series– to deliver enterprise level features to small and medium businesses.

The 500 & Tera Series include two redundant drives on RAID 1 and are offered in cube and 1U rack mount form factors. The Enterprise Series is offered only in a 2U rack mount configurable with three to eight hard drives on RAID 5.

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4.5 star rating Asigra Cloud Backup review

(4.5 Stars out of Possible 5)

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2010

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Summary

KineticD, of Acpana Business Systems, Inc, is the new Avatar of Data Deposit Box. New, added features distinguish it from its earlier version. The fine tuning and release of a newer and more technically elegant version of their software underscores their commitment to providing their customers — small, medium and growing enterprises — with the best of the breed backup solutions.

KineticD, formerly known as DataDepositBox, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has a second office in New York City.

The Non Executive Director & Chairman of the company, Eric Goodwin has forty years of entrepreneurship and is a member of several boards; advisor to Venture Capitalists and management teams that build software applications for small and medium businesses. Jamie Brenzel, is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company and Tim Jewell is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. While Jamie Brenzel, has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking and start-ups; Tim Jewell is the inventor of KineticD. Software design and web interface expert, Rob Schenkel, is co-founder and VP of Technology. The operations of the company are further supported by Neil Selfe, a Non-Executive Director who has years of experience in technology, communications, structured products and financial institutions coverage groups. Another addition to the distinguished group is Peter Carroll; a Non-Executive Director who has successfully established several technology based businesses. Last year, KineticD has added Lee Garrison as Chief Marketing Officer.

The company is democratic enough to offer its customers an option to try its product before they subscribe. A fully functional 14-day trial version of the software can be downloaded and tried out without commitment. Trial users can upload as much data as they think necessary and walk through all the features of the product with varying loads until they are satisfied with the functioning of the offering. At the end of the trial, users can choose to commit their data to the safekeeping of KineticD. All data uploaded during the trial period can be retained if the client so desires. If the client decides to walk away, all data uploaded during the trial will be deleted.

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(4 Stars out of Possible 5)

Update: October 18, 2013 – Securstore’s software has been updated to v12.2, with great new features, such as:

• Software as a Service (SaaS) Backup – Protect data from cloud based applications, such as Google Apps and Salesforce

• Single Pass Recovery for Exchange – Backup once and restore to any level of granularity, define exchange polices based on specific requirements

• Single Pass Recovery for SharePoint 2013 – SharePoint 2010 and 2013 now include item level recovery, the ability to restore individual items from a database level backup, SharePoint BLOB (binary large object) support for backup/recovery, and full support for SharePoint 2013

• VDR (Virtual Disaster Recovery) – Recover faster from local machine failures, convert critical physical machines into virtual copies and fail over to a warm spare in a remote data centre

• IBM SmartCloud – Securstore’s solution has been validated on IBM SmartCloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which means users can backup data to and from SmartCloud, as well as backup cloud servers and data residing in SmartCloud

• Large Data Volumes – Integrate hardware-based data protection methods, such as snapshots for quicker backup and recovery. This simplifies configuration, management and scheduling of backups and restores with a “single pane of glass” view of all snapshots in the environment

• Recover Google Apps Back Into Google’s Cloud – Backup and recover your critical data that resides in Google Apps

• Enhanced Intuitive User Experience – Experience the new modern user interfaces for the laptop, desktop, tablet and smartphone clients

Reviewed on November 26, 2010

Summary

SecurStore, powered by Asigra Cloud Backup Software, is an automated, secure, compliant, and stable; fully supported and managed off-site, online backup and recovery service, established in 1991. SecurStore is headquartered in the UK with data centers in the UK and Iceland, servicing customers located in Europe, USA and India. The company proposes to expand its services to South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

SecurStore offers an agentless architecture and best of the breed encryption, compression and de-duplication software to its customers and believes in reducing costs of storage and recovery while optimizing on software features. The software is platform independent and can perform backup operations from all types of IT environments, which include Windows, Mac, Linux, SQL, Exchange & many virtual platforms. Customers can be confident that even before approaching SecurStore, the solution will support their infrastructure.

The company and data centers have both been certified by British Standards Institute and ANAB for ISO 27001 (The Information Security Standard). Due to strict regulations in place and continual emphasis on security, having this certification enables customers to adhere to, and fulfil any compliance requirements.

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4.5 star rating Asigra Cloud Backup review

(4.5 Stars out of Possible 5)

Reviewed on November 7, 2010

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Asigra Cloud backup is a product of choice for service providers; IT constrained organizations and industries with compliant mandates. This product–created by Asigra Inc– enables service providers to hit the ground running and go to market with ease. It offers a solution that is built around reliability, accountability, efficiency and security. Complexity is leached out of the backup environment as the powerful backup engine, agentless architecture with a central management console, data de-duplication capabilities, compression, encryption, archiving, protection of virtual or physical environments and laptops in the field offered in a single turnkey solution. The product also has significant advantages over traditional solutions by virtue of its agility in adopting and integrating the latest technical breakthroughs in protecting the evolving IT environments at a very low risk to the end user.

The latest version 10 of the software takes a technological leap forward by providing groundbreaking and comprehensive protection for laptops, desktops, servers, and data centers. While exploiting the potential of all the latest technologies in the market to create its product, Asigra allows clients the freedom to opt for private or public cloud environments or use the hybrid model to their advantage.

History: Spotlight

David Farajun, the CEO and founder of the company was working on a second-generation operating system for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in the 1980s. A hard drive failure destroyed hundreds of hours of his work. This loss fired in him a determination to ensure that he would never have to face a similar situation again. David searched for and failed to find a foolproof system that would help him guard against disasters of a similar kind. The search also revealed that there were others out there who were also searching for a similar safeguard. Since he could not find a solution, he decided to design and develop one himself. Asigra was the result.

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(4 Stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on August 15, 2010

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Summary

Securing your digital data was never this easy. KeepVault– owned by Proxure Inc, a California based company– walks the walk with the customer analyzing their individual/business needs; offering both online and offline backup technology and supporting the customer with state of art products that work in tandem with their backup software. This makes for multi-level backup of data and secures information repositories against man-made or natural disasters.

With Keepvault.com customers can begin their journey of understanding backup needs by estimating how much backup space they need. The backup Estimator Tool that can be downloaded from the site, analyzes the system(s) to be backed up, instantly and provides an estimate of the amount of space the customer currently requires on online and offline media (like a USB hard drive) to secure their data against disaster. All that the customer must do is, download and install the .exe on the windows system or systems; add up the totals and arrive at the space estimate. [Mac users will have to wait for this facility to be available to them, Beta versions are being tested].

Individual and business customers are offered different flavors of the backup facility in English, Deutsch, French and Spanish (and soon Japanese). While individual users can opt for KeepVault, business users can consider KeepVault Pro & Business.

KeepVault works with Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Windows Home Server (WHS). KeepVault Pro & Business works with XP, Vista, Win7, WHS, and Server 03/08. The maximum typical upload rates for the two products are 1900 kbps and 5250 kbps respectively, one of the fastest we’ve tested. Both products offer continuous data protection. However, KeepVault offers only USB for local backup, while the business version allows USB and UNC path backups. Additionally, the encryption protocol for KeepVault is 128 bit encryption, while the business version supports both 128 bit and 256 bit encryption protocols. Unlike the business version, there is no web access; cross device access restore; administrator features for KeepVault. Error notification is also limited to Email, Twitter and SMS. KeepVault Pro & Business offers System Events error notification and product status notifications (available anytime via secure web access at www.keepvaultpro.com) in addition to the Email, Twitter and SMS notifications.

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Reviewed on October 23, 2009

Summary

Dmailer, located in Marseille, France, is a privately held software company. This OEM Company has partnered with a number of famous brands to create products for the storage industry such as SanDisk Ultra backup Flash drive, Imation UX Series, WX series based on Wireless USB protocol and Verbatim’s exclusive 40th anniversary edition drive. Dmailer Backup version 2.7 was released on September 7th, 2009.

Dmailer specializes in portable backup and synchronization solutions for mobile devices such as USB flash drives, memory cards, external hard disk drives, MP3 players, embedded phone memory, SIM cards and flash memory based cards. Dmailer’s data backup software is an important offering at the altar of online backup storage for consumers, and small or medium organizations.

The software is available for trial download with a 3GB of space and is nominally priced at $25.95 for its Windows, U3 Smart drive and Mac versions. The bundled version containing both Windows and Mac versions of the application is available for $38.95.

The application installation process is very easy and very fast. The application runs directly from the drive into which the .exe file is downloaded. The interface is intuitive and the users can begin using the application by making a few selections and proceeding to back up all their personal data on any kind of storage device both offline and online.

Interestingly, the data can be accessed from the online repository irrespective of the platform from which the user is operating using a web interface, without downloading a local console on to the PC or Mac system that is being used.

The application allows manual, automatic and live backup to any kind of storage device, including network drives. The most remarkable difference with some other backup software is its ability to provide additional data backup and storage on a remote server that is accessible 24/7 via the web. This approach is really smart because we all know that some data are best stored on a hard drive, and some other are best stored online.

It provides secure storage and is an easy way of sharing data and sending large files with just a few clicks. The smart algorithms used make efficient use of bandwidth and the data backup and restore operations are commendably fast. The world class, regionally distributed data centers (in Europe and USA) provide for easy, reliable and efficient access to remote data.

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Reviewed on June 30, 2009

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The track record of Memopal is impressive. The company was started in December 2007. The Windows, Mac, Linux and iPhone versions of the application were released in 2008. MemoPal’s applications have evolved and matured into robust efficient backup and storage applications, while some online backup service providers have joined the deadpool, like: Xdrive, OmniDrive, HP Upline, and Yahoo! Briefcase. MemoPal has votaries in Chinese, French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English and several other languages, as it is available to the speakers of these languages in their own native tongue!

Memopal Chief Information Security Officer, Andrea Cecchetti, describes the company’s service as “security and cloud computing” service. The online backup service provides users with File backup, Storage and Sharing services in a secure environment that goes beyond merely copying files from the computer to the storage server. This file system termed as Memopal Global File System (MGFS) is designed to be highly reliable, scalable and is made available at the lowest cost per GB. The features of this technology are:

  • Up to 100 million Terabytes storage
  • Up to 1015 Files
  • Transparent Read-Write Compression
  • Transparent Cipher
  • Native Indexing
  • Hot-Add Scalability
  • Native Hardware Health Monitoring

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(4.5 stars out of possible 5)

Reviewed on October 26, 2008

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Summary

While the vision and mission of a business is critical its success, the security of its data is critical to its very existence in the market. Data Deposit Box offers a non-intrusive, secure backup system that ensures data security with a minimum of investment in IT and IT related resources.

Setting up an account with Data Deposit Box can be completed in two simple steps. The first requires the organization to register for the service and make the necessary subscription. The next step is to download the software and install it on the machines to be backed up. The backup then happens automatically and securely and the organization is free to pursue its business unhampered.

Data Deposit Box is owned and operated by Acpana Business Systems Inc. The company is headquartered at Toronto, Ontario in Canada and has an office in New York, USA.

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Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2008

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Keepit.com is part of a group of companies, under a parent company called Cohaesio. It is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cohaesio’s core competencies in managing infrastructure, support for a large number of customers and complex storage solutions allowed Keepit.com to easily enter the online backup industry.

“The less clicks the better” is the mantra that governs the service offerings of Keepit.com, the online backup service provider. The company strives to serve its customers by ensuring that complication in the software is not the reason why backups fail to happen. Keepit.com’s explicit strategy is to differentiate on simplicity and ease of use, and they certainly deliver on this promise.

There are no unnecessary clicks or complex settings to go through during the set up, backup and restore process.

Presently, Keepit.com offers services in the following languages: English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finish. In the coming months, Keepit.com is planning to add services in French and Spanish.

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MemoPal is positioned as a windows (Mac was released in June 2008; Linux and IPhone versions are on the drawing board) client backup and cloud storage application, launched by an Italian group of software engineers. MemoPal started developing its applications in December 2007 and in short period of time, in April 2008, it officially launched.

Considering the age of the company, we are very impressed with its growth and its track record so far. As some online backup providers, like MediaMax (formerly known as Streamload; and recently known as TheLinkUp), OmniDrive and Xdrive slowly joining the dead pool, MemoPal is growing and excels not only in English, but also in many other languages. MemoPal is currently available in Chinese, French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English. MemoPal is planning to add 24 additional languages in the future to eventually provide online backup solutions in 35 languages, making it the leading site in multi-language services in the online backup industry.

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IDrive, is a service offered by Pro Softnet Corporation, an ASP and Internet Solutions Provider, based in Woodland Hills, CA.

IDrive offers 2GB of free online backup space to its clients with every subscription. For this free 2GB offer, there are no backup and restore restrictions or bandwidth limits or restrictions on file type. The backups are automated, with remote backups of files/folders and IDrive boasts of world-class infrastructure for the data centers and advanced data encryption.

IDrive is one of a handful companies that also provide online backup service for Mac. This review does not include their Mac offering.

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Reviewed on June 27, 2008

Low price, short on features:

It’s good to see the world’s leading PC company getting into online backup.
We believe that in a few years, most PCs will be shipped with online backup.
HP acquired Opelin which they re-launched as Upline, and Carbonite recently
announced a deal to pre-install Carbonite on all Packard Bell computers.

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Reviewed on May 03, 2008

Tries to do too much:

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Hp Upline used to be called Titanize and was the product of a company called Opelin that was acquired by HP last year.  At $59 per year for unlimited capacity, it’s $10 more expensive than Carbonite and $5 more expensive than Mozy Home.  There is a “Family plan” that backs up 3 PCs for $149/yr, and a Business version that starts at $299 per year for 3 PCs.

HP Upline tries to do too much – backup, file sharing, photo sharing, publishing, and so on.  It doesn’t do any of them really well.  We gave Upline 1 star out of 5. As a backup service, it lacks most of the basic features and ease-of-use of pure backup services like Carbonite and Mozy.  For collaboration, file sharing, syncing, publishing, and so forth, it isn’t nearly as slick as the new SugarSync or BeInSync products.

When we first signed up, their whole system went down for several days.  HP said that they had an “isolated problem”, but blogs indicated that a customer who was attempting to restore his data actually got someone else’s data – if true, there’s probably nothing that could be worse for a backup company and not likely to inspire confidence.

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(4.5 stars out of possible 5)

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As the guys who designed the iPod undoubtedly appreciate, it’s hard to design a simple product. In the world of online backup, Carbonite has succeeded to a remarkable degree in making a truly simple service. For the consumer, SOHO, and very small business user, Carbonite is just about perfect, though it is still missing a few features that some users may desire. Carbonite’s “backup for dummies” approach to product design hides what is actually a rich set of features and technology. Carbonite says that backup ought to be like an insurance policy– you pay your money and they protect your data. It is, in fact, almost that simple.

The most recent magazine review of Carbonite was in a four-product bake-off:

PC Plus Magazine, Jan, 08
5/5 stars, Editor’s Choice Award
“Most online back-up services require you to learn a whole new interface, but Carbonite keeps the extra hassle to an absolute minimum. Restoration is just as easy.”

Importantly, Carbonite has the backing of a couple of Silicon Valley heavy-hitter VCs. They have raised a lot of money– $27 million–  and they are clearly out to build a brand name for themselves with paid endorsements from the likes of Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and tech gurus Kim Komando and Leo LaPorte. It appears to be working and the company reports that they’ve had 18 successive months of double-digit month-over-month revenue growth.

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Summary

Mozy and Carbonite lead the market in consumer and small business online
backup. Mozy has two products: Mozy Home and Mozy Pro. Carbonite has yet
to release their business backup service. Both appear to be very well engineered
and solid. From the perspective of the home or SOHO user, Carbonite has a slight
edge due to its simplicity. For the technically sophisticated user, both products
are about equivalent and a decision will come down to a matter of personal taste
in one’s approach to the user interface. Mozy’s approach was to take traditional
IT backup features and boil them down to something manageable for an
individual. Carbonite’s approach seems to have been to ignore everything that
came before in backup, start with a clean slate, and design something new with
the consumer and SOHO user in mind.

Mozy was recently acquired by enterprise storage giant EMC. The good news is
that EMC is a big company and Mozy is not likely to go out of business with a
parent like that. The bad news is that the innovation and drive that has gotten
Mozy this far may dissipate now that the founders and technical wizards are just
drawing a paycheck from the big guys out East. EMC is strong in the enterprise
space, but has a poor track record in the consumer market.

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It’s not clear that SwapDrive really wants to be in the market of selling directly
to end users. Their web site says that “SwapDrive provides aggressive wholesale
storage pricing to our Partners, allowing our Partners to determine appropriate
retail prices, packaging, and marketing strategies for their product or service.”
Their retail pricing, posted on the web site, is off the scale compared with most
of the other services we tested: $500 per year for a mere 2GB of storage.
It would seem that SwapDrive is being careful not to compete with their resellers
who market SwapDrive under their own brands and probably at much lower
prices. 2GB per year for $500 doesn’t stack up very well against vendors like
Carbonite and Mozy which both offer unlimited backup for $50-60 per year.
So, we’ll put aside the issue of value and concentrate on product features and
performance. If we were to take seriously the pricing on SwapDrive’s web site,
we would probably give SwapDrive a much lower rating since it would represent
one of the worst values of any backup service on the market.

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