Dropbox, Box, iCloud, and now, Google Drive, have the most familiar names. But many alternative services satisfy a variety of storage, backup, and file-sharing needs.
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Symantec's on-premises Backup Exec software has been around a while, but the company recently added an online version, Backup Exec.cloud. It's intended primarily for SMB environments looking for automatic backup without the need for on-site hardware or software. Because it's Symantec, data security is also a big part of the pitch. Pricing is a bit tougher to sort through. Licensing is based on the total amount of storage you need; it is sold as an annual subscription in 10 GB increments. Example scenario: a business with 500 GB of storage would pay $59.47 a year per 10 GB increment--or $2,973.50 total.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?