It's never easy when a vendor decides to pull the plug on a widely used service.
Symantec recently announced that Backup Exec.cloud, the company's hybrid and cloud-based backup service, will soon reach its end of life.
Although customers have until Jan. 6, 2015, to migrate to a new service, plenty of backup and data recovery service providers have taken the opportunity to offer Backup Exec.cloud users with more-robust and affordable options.
Here are five great alternatives to Symantec's Backup Exec.cloud service, which will help make the transition a little less painful.
Axcient, a disaster-recovery and business continuity solutions provider, recently unveiled a new program specifically for Backup Exec.cloud customers.
Those customers will find that Axcient's service is miles ahead of Symantec. Other than file backup, Axcient's cloud platform mirrors a company's data, applications and entire IT infrastructure on the cloud. Axcient also claims that companies can eliminate data loss, keep critical applications running, and ensure employee productivity at a fraction of the cost.
To help Backup Exec.cloud customers immediately make the transition, Axcient is offering a migration campaign with a free setup and implementation package worth $2,000. This includes services such as environment discovery; system design and best practices recommendation; setup, deployment and testing assistance; and acceptance sign-off. The package also includes free service during the migration period.
Axcient's migration program will involve virtually zero downtime and comes with a Dedicated Backup Exec migration specialist.
2. BUMI (Backup My Info!)
BUMI, a managed online backup and recovery solutions provider for small to mid-size businesses (SMBs), announced its Symantec Trade-Up program offering Backup Exec.cloud customers three alternative solutions:
- BUMI There, a fully-managed, turn-key cloud backup and recovery service that does not require any onsite equipment, allowing businesses to outsource their entire backup system to the BUMI cloud.
- BUMI Here, which allows organizations to create their own private clouds for backup and recovery on their existing IT infrastructure.
- BUMI Everywhere, a hybrid cloud backup that offers onsite data protection with offsite mirroring and setup.
All plans come with proactive monitoring and support from BUMI's engineering team.
The company's Symantec Trade-Up program includes complimentary backup and recovery consultation, a migration plan with best practices recommendations, and two months of BUMI There cloud backup service for free. To participate, users will be required to verify their Backup Exec.cloud service and must sign a 12-month agreement.
Zetta, a three-in-one backup, archiving and disaster-recovery solutions provider, offers Backup Exec.cloud customers higher performance and reliability at discounts of up to 50 percent.
Zetta's all-inclusive pricing includes complete cloud-based, off-site and local backup; Web-based disaster recovery from any location; 5TB backup speeds; and 24/7 U.S.-based, engineer-level phone support. Unlike Backup Exec.cloud, Zetta also offers SQL, Exchange and VM plug-ins at no extra cost.
To help users transition from Backup Exec.cloud smoothly, Zetta is currently offering a 20 percent discount on its annual cloud backup contract. Backup Exec.cloud users may also apply any unused Backup Exec.cloud balance of up to six months to Zetta's service.
Quorum, a one-click backup, recovery and continuity provider for small and midmarket businesses, is offering its Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution to help Backup Exec.cloud users implement a more-robust alternative.
Unlike Backup Exec.cloud, Quorum's advanced recovery technologies give businesses access to virtualized data centers at a lower cost and complexity. With Quorum's DRaaS solution, businesses can "clone" critical data and systems data on an up-to-date, ready-to-run virtual machine. Businesses can run this machine locally or on the cloud that. In the event of a disaster, it can immediately take over failed servers for instant recovery and reduction of downtime and loss.
The service also offers additional features, such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and automatic and on-demand testing, at no additional cost.
KeepVault, an online backup software and service provider, offers an easy, secure and affordable alternative for Backup Exec.cloud customers.
KeepVault's real-time backup solutions are ready out-of-the-box, but can also be fully customized to fit a business's needs. The service gives users complete control, enabling businesses to create categories and to either select continuous backup or schedule the types of files that should be backed up and when. It offers unlimited upload and download speeds for faster backup, though users can also limit bandwidth usage.
KeepVault backs up data at its secure, online Tier3+ data centers, and encrypts all data before transmission. Users can also chose an optional simultaneous backup to a USB or network drive. In addition, customers can access their KeepVault files from anywhere, using any Web browser or iOS, Android or webOS device. Domestic support is available by phone or email.
KeepVault pricing starts at $7 a month, with no per-server fees or bandwidth costs. KeepVault is also currently offering Backup Exec.cloud users 32 percent off with a two-year plan.