Code 42 Software was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Minnesota. The company has solid roots in the IT industry. Code 42’s backup program, CrashPlan, offers plans for individuals, families, businesses and enterprise users which are highly secure and dynamic. CrashPlan works with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Users are given several options as far as the location of where the backup is stored - locally on an external drive, in the cloud or even on another computer.
As the business product is one with many more features and better explained on its own, for reason of clarity, the information presented in this review is targeted to the personal products unless otherwise noted.
Backblaze is a computer backup provider which is based in San Mateo, California. The company was founded in 2007 and is centered upon giving customers a simple and effective way to backup their systems securely and effectively. The company offers cost effective packages, which are some of the least expensive in the market.
Acronis International GmbH, commonly known as Acronis was founded in 2003. The company is headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, but has offices in the United States, Singapore and Russia. The company is well-known for their development of security software. Acronis purchased GroupLogic, Inc., which expanded their ability to integrate security and backup for mobile devices. Acronis True Image Cloud is their home cloud backup product. Acronis sells software designed to perform backups and store the files on an external drive, which is not discussed in this review. The specifics for this review are strictly for Acronis True Image Cloud.
ADrive was founded in 2007. The founders of ADrive are long-time experts of the security industry, and they took everything that they learned with their experiences and created ADrive to help users put their files in the cloud to protect against loss of files. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California.
SOS Online Backup has been providing their customers computer backup services since 2001. The company changed their name to Infrascale, Inc. in 2012 and has expanded their product line, with SOS Online Backup remaining as their backup solution. The company is headquartered in California.
SugarSync was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Mateo, California. The company offers backup plans for individuals and business both. Like many others in the industry, the focus is less on a true backup of entire drives or system files, but on saving documents and media. SugarSync was a leader in cloud collaboration early in their history, but have fallen behind several other companies, who offer better features at a lower price.
Backup Lizard is a white label reseller of Livedrive’s cloud storage and backup. They offer Livedrive’s product at a discounted price, which is one of the most competitive in the industry. Livedrive is headquartered in the United Kingdom and is owned by J2 Global, Inc. Among J2 Global’s family of brands are: eFax, KeepItSafe, eFax Corporate, Onebox, eReceptionist, MyFax and eVoice.
My PC Backup was founded in 2011 by JDI (Just Do It) Companies. The company has several other backup providers among their conglomerates, including Just Cloud and Backup Genie. While each of these companies have their own entity, there is much that they have in common. JDI Companies is not exclusive to the technology industry; they have several brands in many industries. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom and was fined in the UK for deceptive practices for one of their companies - an online dating service, JDI Dating Ltd. JDI Companies was acquired in 2015 by The Endurance Group international, which owns a large network of web hosting and VPN (Virtual Private Network) providers. The Endurance Group International is headquartered in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. My PC Backup has often been compared to malware, which it is not. The software is difficult for some users to uninstall and often customers do not read the terms and conditions for the software bundles (which include My PC Backup), so they are not aware of what they are receiving, both giving the customer reasons to question the software.
OpenDrive was founded in 2008 after the company’s owners needed a solution to large-scale storage in the cloud with the ability to collaborate with colleagues. Their company is headquartered in Southern California and they are proud to operate 100% in the cloud, as a modern workforce. OpenDrive is highly versatile and very customizable with apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and even tools for developers. OpenDrive boasts clientele such as Ancestry, T Mobile, ReMax and Office Depot/Office Max.
SpiderOak was founded in 2007 and has focused their company’s products upon protecting the safety of their users information. SpiderOak is a leader among online cloud backup and storage providers for individuals and businesses. The company is located in Illinois. SpiderOak’s backup product is known as SpiderOakONE.