Top Free Server Backup Software

Check out our list of free Server Backup Software. Products featured on this list are the ones that offer a free trial version. As with most free versions, there are limitations, typically time or features.

If you'd like to see more products and to evaluate additional feature options, compare all Server Backup Software to ensure you get the right product.

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(583)4.3 out of 5
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Acronis Cyber Backup sets a high bar for new-generation data protection with innovative security features. It protects all company data sources on 20+ platform regardless of the size or location of the data. It proactively prevents ransomware attacks with unique AI-based technologies that avert system unavailability caused by 99.99 percent of ransomware attacks. Acronis Cyber Backup ensures business continuity by immediately and reliably restoring any piece of data. It offers a single, intuitive

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Acronis Cyber Backup Advanced is designed for medium to large environments and provides data protection and fast, flexible disaster recovery for... Read review
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First requirement for our organization was to have backup which allow us to save backup on our own cloud. I really like that we can have control... Read review
(327)4.5 out of 5
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MSP360 is a leading cross-platform cloud backup and disaster recovery solution. MSP360 is integrated with major public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. MSP360 Backup comes with powerful, easy-to-use backup and disaster recovery capabilities, including file-level and image-based backups, disaster recovery to virtual machines in the cloud, data compression and military-grade encryption using customer-controlled keys. Customers can run MSP360

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It is the only software (among free and paid) that allows to create backups in any way you need - from and to cloud and even cloud to cloud... Read review
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I really like the wide variety of cloud backup options and the ability to take a full system image direct to cloud without needing a local disk... Read review
(194)4.3 out of 5
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SolarWinds® Backup is a cloud-first data protection service for servers, workstations, critical business documents, and Microsoft 365, all managed from a centralized web-based dashboard. SolarWinds was created for the cloud, so it is optimized for fast, efficient data transfer that minimizes network bandwidth usage. Storage in our private cloud is included, with more than 30 data centers worldwide. *** For a limited time, Bring us Your Backup Bill and save! Pay up to 20% less than you're payi

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SolarWinds Backup is easy to use, easy to deploy, is cost effective and works well for us and our clients. Read review
Kevin C.
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SW makes it incredibly simple to backup servers and workstations. Compared to other backup solutions that my org has used, there's no drama, no... Read review
(202)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$199 Socket

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a data protection solution that is designed to protect virtual, physical, cloud, and SaaS environments. Features include: support for live apps and VSS, GFS retention, file-level, and object-level recovery, global deduplication, compression, AES-256 encryption, automatic reports. The backup destination can be anywhere: in the same location, in an offsite location, or in the cloud (Amazon S3/Wasabi/Microsoft Azure). You can send multiple secondary copies of your

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A very easy software to deploy, in our case on a NAS - Synology Hardware. It is working great. The User Interface is very intuitive, we didn t... Read review
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Very fast backups + built in deduplication saves storage space. Very reliable, we've never had any failed backups with Nakivo. Support team is very... Read review

Altaro VM Backup is an easy to use backup and replication software solution to back up and restore both Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines from within the same application. Eliminate hassle and headaches with an easy-to-use interface, straightforward setup and a backup solution that gets the job done every time. Altaro VM Backup is intuitive and feature-rich - and you get outstanding support as part of the package.

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The new user interface is much cleaner (recently upgraded from v6 to v8), everything is easy to find and when first installed, the wizard guides... Read review
olivier o.
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You can set it in a minute and forget about it.... Extremely fast and efficient in required storage space (thank to compression and... Read review
(114)4.2 out of 5
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Our integrated all-in-one physical appliance, backup software and cloud empowered DR services are intrinsically simpler, faster and better.

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- Cost - Feature sets for small shops - Support.... okay but... depending on Read review
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I like the fact the it is easy to use solution. Because it is a appliance (virtual or physical) so in just a few hours you can start doing the... Read review
(234)4.6 out of 5
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About Veeam Backup & Replication Veeam Backup & Replication is a complete backup and disaster recovery solution that is hardware and cloud agnostic. It aims to help businesses achieve comprehensive data protection for ALL workloads — including virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads. With a single console, the vendor aims to help users achieve fast, flexible and reliable backup, recovery and replication of all applications and data. Backup capabilities -Fast, reliable application-aw

David M.
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Veeam program is actually easy, simple to operate and capable of duplicating job on remote servers, and that is extremely surprising. It simply... Read review
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Recovery of individual files is fast and simple. Backups are reliable. They offer the offloading of backups to a cloud provider, but it's not super... Read review
(122)4.2 out of 5

Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) delivers data protection and disaster recovery for every type of workload. Backed by heterogeneous, image-based technology that protects to and from any target, it’s the first of its kind to combine enterprise-ready features without the complexity of traditional enterprise solutions. Deployment modalities include software, physical appliances and hybrid cloud. Easily turn on and off capabilities as needed, and scale hybrid business continuity topologies, l

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Single console to manage all aspects of software. Clear interface. Read review
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You can access backups directly and even boot servers from the backup. Read review

What makes this product unique - Protection for 20+ platforms including physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile devices. Having one solution for all systems reduces complexity and costs, especially when compared with deploying multiple backup tools for different types of systems. - Top-notch backup and restore speed. Proprietary archiving technology, the result of 15 years of ongoing research and innovation that’s based on the asynchronous data-access engine, allows best-in-industry backup and re

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Acronis Backup Cloud is straight forward to setup, full of functionality and cost effective. There is a comprehensive multi-tenanted system to... Read review
Victor K.
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Single pane of glass portal, ease of use to get backup status for all tenants, and easy integration into other systems. The solution works, it can... Read review
(87)4.1 out of 5

Vembu BDR Suite is a portfolio of software products that cater to the backup and disaster recovery needs of organizations. It helps in protecting their data hosted in both physical or virtual environment. The products under the Suite address the data protection needs of organizations of any size–from a simple IT setup of the small and medium businesses to the highly sophisticated data centers. It is also optimized for Service Providers looking to provide BaaS and DRaaS to their customers. The pr

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First and foremost the value you get for the price you pay is great. Vembu is a competitive product to Veeam and Nakivo, yet the pricing is much... Read review
(56)4.4 out of 5
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As businesses are adopting a “cloud-first” strategy, data protection is one of the first IT functions to migrate to the cloud. However, it can lead to a number of challenges. With a thoughtful cloud strategy, business can achieve the best results. With Druva PhoenixTM, businesses can achieve data protection and management for their data center workloads with a unique cloud-native approach. Delivered as-a-service, Druva Phoenix combines high- performance, scalable all-in-one backup, disaster reco

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Peace of mind. I was slow to adopt to "cloud" solutions, but it has been great thus far. Read review
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Druva Phoenix simple to set up and it has worked for us when we needed it. We moved from another well known cloud backup system that didn't allow... Read review
(81)4.2 out of 5

Asigra is an Enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) software platform that MSPs host and operate themselves as part of your services portfolio. And because MSPs own it, they control the customer relationship, the margins, and the pricing, which makes the MSP more valuable to a potential buyer. MSPs are partly valued by their number of secure customer relationships — one where they own what they sell, and they control the price, quality, service and customer communication. This is unlike

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To be honest, there were some features that we liked. However, the performance of the product and high overhead of a single threaded solution were... Read review
Jeremy W.
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Having used Asigra for over 15 years I know that if it's been set up correctly by an experienced trained engineer then it will restore what you... Read review
(31)3.5 out of 5

Barracuda MSP is designed to manage how IT providers deploy data protection strategries to SMB customers.

Todd A.
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Centralized management; ease of setup; effective notifications. Also, the ability to grant customer access so that they (the client) can see the... Read review
Jim B.
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The product is great. We've had great success with file-level, SQL and VMware backups. Read review
(44)4.6 out of 5
Entry Level Price:269€ Lifetime license

Iperius Backup is a powerful backup software for Servers and PCs. Trusted by thousands of companies in more than 160 countries. The interface gives you the feeling of user-friendliness and the program core keeps the appeal and the power given by the pro-level features. Iperius backup represents the perfect balance between value and cost. Check out all the pro features: drive Image (proprietary engine), database backups (SQL Server and MySQL), ESXi (even free) and Hyper-V virtual machines. Clou

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back scheduling and various backup options provided by the software and customer support Read review
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The integrity of the backup after downloading files from FTP and network locations, it performed quickly without, slowing down my system.... Read review
(18)4.1 out of 5

BackupAssist is the leading-edge provider of affordable Windows Server Backup and DR software. Used in over 165 countries, our award-winning software helps businesses avert financial ruin when disaster strikes. NEW!!! - Our latest software includes: * 365 - an Office backup software * WFH - workstation and work from home cyber resilience solution * ER - Disk-to-disk-to-cloud backups, for recovery anywhere. Express Recovery, Easy Restore, for Enduring Resilience. Fully automated and lockdown f

Gerardo David D.
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The price. Your money really worth it, even the scope of this solution is limited Read review
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The single screen control is very user friendly. It's convenient that you can choose to back up your data to both onsite and offsite. The free... Read review
(15)4.8 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$2 per device/month (USD)

We make out-of-this-world, white-label backup software for IT service providers. • Disk Image/Baremetal, Files and Folder, SQL, Hyper-V backup and more! • Free support and replication. • Backup to your own storage or cloud. • Simple, per-device pricing. No surprises.

Anna Karina H.
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I like it specifically because it is a very versatile and easy to use software, it offers a very intuitive interface so it is not necessary for an... Read review
Catherine A.
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Comet Backup I like without a doubt because it is a very modern and easy to use backup software, it offers great advantages like being able to keep... Read review
(10)4.1 out of 5

Uranium is a light and reliable backup software for the protection of your personal and business data. It is an easy-to-use and flexible software to perform hot backups of Hyper-V and VMware ESX/ESXi/vSphere virtual machines and also can create backup images of your system disks that can be restored in case of disaster (bare metal restore). Uranium is a powerful solution for tape backups and performs hot backups of MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server databases and Exchange servers.

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This software has some good basic features for a free version Read review
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Uranium Backup, despite its overwhelming interface, has excellent features to carry out backups. It is a powerful program with configuration... Read review
(13)4.7 out of 5

Axcient x360Recover is the most cost-effective BCDR solution for Managed Services Providers (MSPs) and the SMBs they serve. Data protection and business continuity should not be out of reach for any business, and Axcient’s mission is to Keep Business Running. Easy to manage, x360Recover boasts Chain-Free, AutoVerify, and PSA/RMM integration. These three technologies mean there is no chain management, data is checked for corruption before backup, and ticketing and billing processes can be fully a

Garry A.
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eFolder's synced tool cloud file sync service is great for MSPs. It is highly customizable and very affordable. Read review
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With eFolder, you choose the encryption passphrase for your backups, meaning that not even the employees at eFolder would be able to get at the... Read review
(15)4.5 out of 5
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Veeam Backup for AWS delivers comprehensive AWS-native backup and disaster recovery that's fully-automated, cost-effective and secure to quickly overcome ANY cloud data loss. - Stop babysitting backups with fully-automated Amazon EC2 backup and DR using native Amazon EBS snapshots for frequent recovery points and lightning-fast full- and file-level recoveries. - Control cloud costs with industry-first backup cost calculation to avoid unexpected expenses, changed block tracking and backup to Am

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Veeam backup as the industry leader on AWS with the most malleable platform. Read review
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Building on what Veeam have been offering for several years now, having a product THAT JUST WORKS is peace of mind when running production... Read review
(6)4.6 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$ xx9 CPU Socket

Vinchin is a professional provider of data protection solutions for enterprises. It provides a series of data backup, instant recovery, and offsite DR solutions for private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Vinchin Backup & Recovery, the next-generation VM backup solution self-developed by Vinchin, supports the world’s most mainstream virtual environments including VMware, XenServer/XCP-ng, Hyper-V, RHV/oVirt, OpenStack, Sangfor HCI, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and

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This product was very easy to deploy and get setup. We originally started with a Proof of Concept environment and ended up rolling that into a full... Read review
Mario D.
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we have 13 xenserver 7.4 hosts are in need of protection. After 2 months evaluation, we decided to buy vinchin. Because it's a reliable product and... Read review
(4)5.0 out of 5
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SnapShooter is a server backup platform, for native snapshot-based backups from the industries biggest providers, as well as on the server, database, file and application backups.

Pete H.
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Simple to install, cheap to run and trustworthy Read review
(3)4.5 out of 5

VMcom is a backup and recovery virtual appliance for backing up virtual environments. Linux based, it doesn't require any 3rd party licensing. A unique feature of VMcom is multi tenancy. Service providers use this to assign their customers some rights. Currently, it supports VMware. Hyper V is scheduled for 2019. VMcom provides two licensing models. Perpetual with option to buy one of 3 service levels. Perpetual licensing is based on number of CPU to be supported. VMcom also provides

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LDAP integration, multitenancy, nice and simple graphic web interface Read review
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easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy, documentation is written well even for those not so skilled with vmware virtualization, thus customer or first level... Read review
(3)4.8 out of 5
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Metallic™ Endpoint Backup delivers proven, award-winning SaaS data protection for your remote workforce - without the complexity. Built on Microsoft Azure and industry-leading technology from Commvault, Metallic keeps remote workforces protected, ensuring employee laptop and desktop data is always recoverable, compliant, and safe from today’s threats. For more information, visit: -- Metallic Website: https://metallic.io/ -- Metallic Resource Center: https://metallic.io/resource-library --

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Enterprise-grade Backup & Recovery and the SaaS software evolves each month. The Customer Success team has been great! Read review
Roger B.
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Metallic is an enterprise-level backup using the same Commvault backup/disaster recovery solution that major companies globally use today, but it's... Read review

CTERA is the edge-to-cloud file services leader. The CTERA Global File System allows customers to replace legacy file storage systems and gain new levels of multi-site productivity and centralized data management without compromising security or performance. .

Luigi V.
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The CTERA solution is one of the pioneer of the cloud backup solution with special offering in the hybrid backup&restore solution. The solution is... Read review

SQLBackupAndFTP is SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL backup and restore software that runs scheduled backups, runs file/folder backup, zips and encrypts the backups, stores them on a network or on an FTP server or in the cloud, removes old backups, and sends an e-mail confirmation on the job's success or failure, and many more.

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The upside is it's extremely simple, easy to use, easy to setup. Anyone could use it and be up and running with it within less than an hour. The... Read review
(1)5.0 out of 5

vProtect is a proprietary backup and recovery software developed by Storware for virtual machines, containers and cloud environments. The software provides data protection services for: - open virtual machines (Citrix Hypervisor, Huawei FusionSphere, KVM, Nutanix Acropolis, OpenStack, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle VM, oVirt, Proxmox, Red Hat Virtualization, xcp-ng, Xen), - virtual environments built on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, - containers (OpenShift, Ku

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The ease of restoring as it is stored like a copy but better. Love how fast it does the backup. Scheduling is good as well. Read review
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Entry Level Price:$63 per 10 VMs/month

Metallic VM & Kubernetes Backup delivers powerful data protection with the simplicity of BaaS, plus unique storage flexibility, for safeguarding hybrid environments, including: - On-prem virtual workloads leveraging VMware or Hyper-V - Kubernetes-based workloads running in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) or other Kubernetes-based distributions, in the cloud or on-prem.

NovaBACKUP Cloud for MSPs is a centrally monitored SaaS backup and recovery solution for MSPs with local and cloud storage that you provide as a service to your customers. Deploy quickly, and easily manage all of your clients from a single interface. With NovaBACKUP Cloud for MSP your client NovaBACKUP software licenses are free - you just pay for the compressed cloud storage across all your client accounts. NovaBACKUP Cloud is account based, which means no need to track license keys. Just con

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NovaBACKUP for Server gives you easy-to-use Windows server backup and disaster recovery software with local and cloud backup storage and central monitoring. Protect your Windows file servers, or opt for both physical and virtual machine, plus application support in a single, all-inclusive solution - both with remote setup assistance and unmatched, prompt support from backup experts. Quickly recover from any data loss scenario. Store an unlimited number of file versions and easily roll-back to

Top 10 Free Server Backup Software in 2021

  • Acronis Cyber Backup
  • MSP360
  • SolarWinds Backup
  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication
  • Altaro VM Backup

Learn More About Server Backup Software

What is Server Backup Software?

As businesses go digital and build their digital presence, they increasingly rely on servers as a key part of daily function. Servers are, in essence, computers with massive storage and processing power that centralize data or computing resources. Businesses use servers to consolidate key data and information for both access and security reasons.

Imagine, though, that a business’ server—or one of their servers—crashes. A hard drive might fail. The entire stack could lose power. Worse, the server might get subjected to a power surge and fry the hardware. If that data wasn’t duplicated somewhere, it could be lost permanently, which could mean serious issues for the business.

Server backup tools are specifically designed for these situations. These solutions can back up all data and files that sit on a server, and some can even be used to directly restore that data to the server after an issue is resolved. At minimum, server backup solutions act as a safety net for businesses, giving them recovery options for their data after an issue occurs. Backups can be kept on a different server on premises or remotely; just don’t keep them on the same server you’re backing up.

Key Benefits of Server Backup Software

  • Copy and save key data
  • Manage backup scheduling at different levels
  • Scale with data requirements

Why Use Server Backup Software?

Have you ever worked on a project on your computer for hours, just to have the program or your computer crash and lose everything? Imagine that happening, but instead of just with that one project, it was with all of your business data.

Server backup—like any other kind of backup—is not valuable for when everything is working normally but, instead, for when something goes wrong. Server backup solutions help to ensure that even when your storage location fails, there’s another location that still has all the data you need. How much of that data is retained depends on how your backups are scheduled. There are valid arguments for making your backups incremental vs. differential, as well as for how often you choose to back your server up. Generally though, the more data you have, and the more important that data is, the more beneficial it is to back up your server as often as possible.

It’s important to note that server backups are different from server replication. Server replication is often constant and live, and can replicate to several servers simultaneously. Server backup, on the other hand, is typically scheduled, run manually or automatically, and goes to one place. Server replication is also built to be an immediate failover, whereas server backup software focuses more on recovering what might have been lost.

Given the benefits, let’s look at why businesses specifically use server backup tools.

Capacity — Other kinds of backup software aren’t built to handle the same volume of data as server backup software. Servers can potentially store hundreds of terabytes (hundreds of thousands of gigabytes) of data, while standard backup solutions cannot.

Peace of mind — It can be incredibly reassuring knowing your key business data is protected. Server backups are essentially a second copy of your servers, which means that as long as the server data was backed up, any of it can be recovered. Plus, with some server backup solutions capable of tracking the history of your backups, you may be able to recover your data to certain historical points beyond the most recent backup, just in case there was data in the most recent backup that is incorrect or could be problematic.

One important thing to note though, especially with server backups: Be aware of whose responsibility it is for the backups themselves. With a cloud backup where your business doesn’t own the server, the onus of responsibility will be on the backup server owner. However, if backing up to another one of your business’ own servers, the responsibility for your server backups is completely in your hands.

Who Uses Server Backup Software?

Any business with a server should be using server backup software for their data. That said, typically, server administrators will be the only ones interacting with the server backup software itself. Verifying server health is part of their daily workflow, and backing up server data is part of that process.

For especially large or complex companies, however, there may be a few more teams or people that would interact with server backup solutions. Some companies have dedicated data teams that might take the backup responsibility off the hands of server administrators as a part of their responsibility to the company’s data. It’s also possible that security teams might be involved with server backup solutions to safeguard the data being duplicated.


Kinds of Server Backup Software

The following are some ways that server backup software distinguish themselves from other solutions.

Free vs. paid — When dealing with server backup software, free backup software can be limited in functionality compared to its paid counterparts, or it might have more limitations around data handling than paid versions. Also, free versions of server backup solutions might be great for giving the software a try, but free versions often gate either the functionality or the data volume the software has available. If looking into a free server backup solution, be sure that it has the capabilities your business requires. Otherwise, look into paid options.

Local vs. cloud vs. hybrid — Server backup solutions are generally built for backing servers up to one of three places: a local server, a cloud server, or some combination thereof. Solutions focusing on one particular option—local or cloud—have been popular in the past, but it’s likely in the future that more products allow the option to back your server up to a mix of the two, as there can be value in balancing cloud and local resources. Some products already offer this functionality through their backup location selection.

Open-source vs. proprietary — Unlike proprietary server backup solutions, open-source server backup software can be modified at the code level to change the functionality of the solution. Open-source software can be stronger from a customization standpoint, but it may struggle in base functionality because it’s generally less expensive or free as compared to its proprietary counterparts. Be sure, if opting for an-open source solution, that any changes you might make don’t alter the security parameters of the solution as well. It would be worth consulting with your data security team when making code changes to the solution to make sure it doesn’t leave your data vulnerable to attacks or leaks.

Server Backup Software Features

While not an exhaustive list, the following are the features you will typically find in server backup software.

Diverse file type coverage — Server backup solutions should not exclude data from backup based on file type. Critical data can be a variety of types—documents, spreadsheets, and more—and an effective server backup solution can handle copying any file type.

Backup location determination — An important aspect of any backup is making sure your data will be preserved somewhere that best fits your company’s needs and security standards. Server backup solutions should allow your company to select their most suitable backup location.

Scheduling and automation — Manual backup can be nice in a pinch, but forgetting to run a backup can make a huge difference in the amount of critical data that is lost in a server failure. With scheduling and automation features, server backup solutions allow you to run your server backups automatically, whenever you need them.

Backup management — Server backup software should allow your business to manage the backups that have been made. While the software may not allow holding backups beyond a certain point, your business should still be able to manage any recent backups, either as reference points or to remove.

Partition selection — Partitions—isolated segmentations within a hard drive that can be independently managed—can be valuable assets for businesses. They help ensure that certain information or data can be separated from the rest to prevent corruption or other issues. Server backup solutions must be capable of handling backing up each distinct partition from a drive so that important data is not lost in a failure.

Data compression — As previously mentioned, servers can store huge quantities of data. Compressing that data while backing up your servers can help reduce the amount of storage space needed for the backup itself, which can potentially save your business money.

Backup type selection — Full backups are often time-consuming, which makes them impractical to run regularly. Server backup solutions should offer the capability to run both differential and incremental backups as ways to keep your data duplicated and safe, without needing numerous hours to run a full-out backup.

Scaling — Some businesses have more server data than others, and regardless of business size, the volume of data your servers have can change rapidly. Server backup solutions should scale with your data needs to ensure your data is always backed up.

Potential Issues with Server Backup Software

Security and encryption — Few server backup solutions come with active security features. When using a server backup software, be sure to work with your data security team to lock down your data backups as much—or more—than the server itself. You don’t want to leave your business’ data vulnerable and up for the taking.

Support — This issue may present itself more with free or open-source tools. When something goes wrong with a software product itself, it’s helpful to be able to reach out to a company’s support team for assistance. Many free or open-source products don’t offer the same kind of support structure as proprietary, paid solutions. Your business may end up consulting open forums of existing users for free or open-source solutions, whereas with proprietary, paid solutions, you’ll likely be consulting with a member of that software company’s support staff.