[UPDATE: In 2016, Carbonite renamed its Carbonite Pro solution to Carbonite Core. Throughout this article, we will continue to refer to this plan as Carbonite Pro.]
This is a common question asked by some of our site visitors: Should I use Carbonite Pro for my business? Our answer: It really depends on the number and type of hardware or devices that you are planning to backup.
As we have explained in detail in this article about Carbonite Business, the company has has two main product offerings: Carbonite Office and Carbonite Home.
Within the Carbonite Office solution, there are three plans to choose from: Carbonite Pro (now renamed as Carbonite Core), Carbonite Power, and Carbonite Ultimate. We’ll be going into details about these plans in this article.
The Carbonite Officer plans were both developed with the small- and medium-business (SMB) market in mind while the Carbonite Home plan, which was originally developed for personal use, has been expanded (due to strong demand) to home-based businesses and home office use.
Your choice of which of these plans to use for your business will be explained in this article so read on.
Do You Have A Home-Based Business Or A Home Office?
If you are a home-based business or have a home office and plan to backup only one computer, then your best option is the Carbonite Home plan. With this plan, you can backup unlimited data for a fixed affordable price (starts at only $59.99) a year. Again, you read that right, unlimited backup for a fixed price per year per computer. This supports Mac and Windows computers. If you plan to back up two computers, you will have to pay for two subscriptions for this as this plan does not allow for sharing of backup and storage space.
Now, if you would like the two computers to share backup and storage space and manage and monitor the files for both computers under one browser-based dashboard, then you might like to consider the Carbonite Pro plan for your business. Read also: How to save money with a Carbonite offer code
If you are a home-based business or have a home office and plan to backup only one computer, then your best option is the Carbonite Home plan.
You can learn more about Carbonite Home solutions here.
Do You Plan To Backup Multiple Computers For Your Business?
If you have two or more computers or devices that you would like to backup and manage centrally under one browser-based dashboard, then the Carbonite Pro plan may be the right plan for your business. With the Carbonite Pro plan, you can back up an unlimited number of devices to a shared backup and storage account.
The Basic plan, which starts at $269.99 a year, provides your business with 250 gigabytes (GBs) of storage. Of course if you need more backup space, you can add more to this at an affordable price of $99.99 a year per 100 GB.
If you have two or more computers or devices that you would like to backup and manage centrally under one browser-based dashboard, then the Carbonite Pro plan may be the right plan for your business.
The unlimited number of devices that you can backup with your Carbonite Pro Basic plan includes desktops, laptops, workstations, external hard drives, and Network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
Does Your Business Use Windows File Servers?
You might be asking: “What is a file server?” A file server is actually a computer that is attached to a network whose main purpose is to provide a location for shared access of computer files or business data. These computer files or business data can then be accessed by workstations that are connected to the computer network. Find out from your information technology (IT) guys if you use a Windows file server.
Now if your businesses uses Windows file servers and you would like to back these up too, then you will need to go with the Carbonite Pro Prime plan.
Now if your businesses uses a Windows file server and you would like to back this up too, then you will need to go with the Carbonite Power plan. This plan cost $799.99 a year and provides 500 GBs of shared backup storage space. You can also add additional backup space if you need at an affordable price of $99.99 a year per 100 GB.
Do You Plan To Backup Unlimited Servers, Databases, And Live Applications?
If your business uses servers, databases, and live applications (such as SQL, Exchange, or Oracle) that you also want to be backed up in addition to all your multiple computing devices, then you might like to consider the Carbonite Ultimate plan. This plan can also backup Hyper-V, which is a hardware virtualization component of the client editions of Windows NT.
The Carbonite Ultimate plan costs $999.99 a year and provides your business with 500 GBs of shared backup storage for unlimited computers and devices. And yes, if you need additional storage space, you can add to this too ($99.99 a year per 100 GB).
If your business uses servers, databases, and live applications (such as SQL, Exchange, or Oracle) that you also want to be backed up in addition to all your multiple computing devices, then you might like to consider the Carbonite Ultimate plan.
You can learn more details about the Carbonite Pro plan here.
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