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Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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Carbonite EVault

In a regulated industry where backup recovery is essential and required, Carbonite provides a nice outsourced solution, reducing stress and overhead of most in-house solutions.Bandwidth could be an issue with larger data companies, so an internet based solution would need to be analyzed from the trade-offs of cost and functionality.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.0
Universal recovery
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.3
Live recovery
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.2
Recovery verification
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.9
Business application protection
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.7
Multiple backup destinations
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.5
Incremental backup identification
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.6
Backup to the cloud
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.6
Deduplication and file compression
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.6
Snapshots
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.7
Flexible deployment
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.9
Management dashboard
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.5
Platform support
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.5
Retention options
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
7.7
Encryption
Amazon S3
Carbonite EVault
8.5

Pros

  • S3 provides possibly the most easily scalable cloud storage service on the planet. It feels as though it's been custom build from day 1 with company growth in mind - something any healthy business will surely appreciate.
  • The intricate system of S3 servers across the globe is a great feature for anyone conducting any sort of international business. You get to choose where your data is stored and, as we all know from bounce rates, every millisecond of load time can be the difference between making or losing a sale.
  • Pulling data is another feature we use quite often and it honestly works flawlessly every single time we have to pull anything.
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  • Able to back up production files while in use
  • Easy process for restoring individual files
  • Very reliable software - does not require much attention
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Cons

  • It isn't the cheapest out there for storage, but I think still represents good value for money. You do also have a large array of storage options which can lower the cost if you are willing to reduce reliability/robustness.
  • You can't use HTTPS off the bat with S3, so you almost always need to put CloudFront (or similar CDN) in front of it. Whilst this isn't a problem, it means it isn't quite as quick and straightforward to get going with as perhaps some other services.
  • Whilst generally very low latency, we have observed occasional latency spikes whilst retrieving objects. Assuming you are running a CDN in front of S3 (which you should) then this becomes less problematic, but it probably isn't the best choice if you absolutely must guarantee low latency.
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  • Have the ability to easily copy schedules and configurations from one server to a new one
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Carbonite EVault8.1
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The company will continue to use eVault because it serves all of the backup requirements the company and our customers have.
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Alternatives Considered

Overall, we found that Amazon S3 provided a lot of backend features Google Cloud Storage (GCS) simply couldn't compare to. GCS was way more expensive and really did not live up to it. In terms of setup, Google Cloud Storage may have Amazon S3 beat, however, as it is more of a pseudo advanced version of Google Drive, that was not a hard feat for it to achieve. Overall, evaluating GCS, in comparison to S3, was an utter disappointment.
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Not a particularly fair comparison. Veritas is a product no longer in service (Now Symantec Enterprise Backup). The Veritas solution was a cumbersome AIT Tape backup solution that was very unreliable.
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Return on Investment

  • S3 is such a great way to store things, it's a little hard to measure all the benefits against the other options (Dropbox, hard drives in laptops etc), but it gives a simple place to store pretty much anything.
  • We did replace a traditional LEMP-stack website service with static website hosting in S3 + javascript. This vastly reduced our running costs as we turned all the websites EC2 instances and Load Balancers off. It also meant we didn't have to look after or maintain autoscaling strategies anymore because S3 handles the scaling for us.
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  • Efficient turn-around for all backup restore requests.
  • No hand-holding on regular scheduled backup tasks.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Amazon S3 Editions & Modules
Amazon S3
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Carbonite EVault

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Carbonite EVault Editions & Modules
Carbonite EVault
On-premise Edition
Carbonite EVault Onsite Backup
$0
Carbonite EVault Hybrid Backup
$0
SaaS Edition
Carbonite EVault Cloud Backup
$0
Carbonite EVault Hybrid Backup
$0
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