When small-to-midsize business owners begin the process of evaluating Carbonite product offerings, they often find that the choice comes down to either Carbonite Pro Prime or Carbonite Server Backup. And that leads to questions about the key differences between the two solutions.
Generally speaking, if you're looking for a quick and simple solution, you're likely better off with Carbonite Pro Prime. But if you want more features and opportunities to customize, Carbonite Server Backup is the choice for you. But let’s dig deeper into the information you’ll need to make the right decision.
File servers vs. databases
To understand one of the key differences between Carbonite Pro Prime and Carbonite Server Backup, it’s important to first understand the difference between a file server and a database.
A file server is computer that is attached to a network and used as a central repository for sharing all types of files, including documents, audio files, photographs, movies, images and more.
A database is a collection of information that is organized so it can be easily accessed, managed and updated. A database server – such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle Database – is the technology that ensures the information within a database can be easily accessed and used by people and applications.
Carbonite Pro Prime allows users to back up file servers in the cloud, but it does not offer the ability to back up database servers. If your business needs to back up one or more database servers, Carbonite Server Backup is the better choice for you.
Another key difference between Carbonite Pro Prime and Carbonite Server Backup is that Carbonite Pro Prime offers users the ability to back up files to the cloud only. That’s opposed to Carbonite Server Backup, which allows users to back up data locally, to the cloud, or both.
Carbonite Server Backup’s hybrid approach offers the ultimate in redundancy and peace of mind. With hybrid backup, users can recover files quickly from a local copy while ensuring that the data is also protected in the cloud in case the local site experiences a disaster.
The Carbonite Pro Prime plan costs $599.99 per year and comes with 500 GB of cloud storage space. Users have the option to purchase additional storage space if needed. The allotted cloud storage can be shared between an unlimited number of laptop and desktop computers, external hard drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, and Windows file servers.
Additionally, Carbonite Pro Prime offers support for HIPAA compliance, a free valet install, U.S.-based customer support that’s available seven days per week, and the ability to access files remotely via free Carbonite apps.
Carbonite Server Backup plans start at $799.99 or $899.99 per year and come with either 250GB of cloud storage space or 500GB of cloud storage space, respectively. Users have the option of purchasing additional storage space if necessary. The allotted storage space can be shared between an unlimited number of physical or virtual servers, databases, live applications, Microsoft Hyper-V deployments, NAS devices and external hard drives.
Carbonite Server Backup plans include support for HIPAA Compliance, a free valet install and access to our U.S.-based customer support team. Carbonite Server Backup allows you to back up both local and cloud-based backup targets.
Carbonite Server Pro Bundle: The best of both worlds
Another option worth considering is the Carbonite Server Pro Bundle, which combines all aspects of the Carbonite Pro Prime and Carbonite Server Backup.
With Carbonite Server Pro Bundle, users get all the features you’d find in a Pro plan with the added benefit of server and database protection. This plan starts with 500 GB of cloud backup for your servers, databases, live applications and business computers. And you can always add additional space at any time.
The Carbonite Server Pro Bundle starts at $999.99 per year and – as with all Carbonite solutions – discounts are available if you purchase a multiyear subscription.
One final thought: It’s important to note that all three plans – Carbonite Pro Prime, Carbonite Server Backup and Carbonite Server Pro Bundle – can support any amount of data. You can buy extra storage packages that start at $99 for 100GB per year.