Acronis True Image 2013 vs Carbonite Online Backup
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Comparison: Acronis True Image 2013 vs Carbonite Online Backup

Deciding on the best software to backup and store the vital data that keeps your work or your business running can be a tough choice. There are multiple options on the market, varying opinions, and all but the most over-enthusiastic opinions acknowledge that a single option does not suit every user perfectly. To help you make a decision, this article will review and compare two of the leading backup programs: Acronis True Image and Carbonite Backup.

Pricing

The first thing to note about the pricing difference is that Acronis offers its products as a lifetime license purchase for single users, but its services, such as cloud storage or online backup, do require a monthly service fee. If you want Acronis's Cloud service, tack on an additional four to five dollars a month. Carbonite charges a yearly fee that is a bit more than the initial purchase of True Image, but if you compare each with a year of storage included, then Carbonite is less expensive. Conversely, if you just need a piece of backup software on a limited number of computers, Acronis is the more economic option.
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Acronis Online Backup screenshot
Acronis True Image Online Backup interface
Carbonite Online Backup screenshot
Carbonite Online Backup interface
Features and Performance

If you use Mac OS X or Linux, then your decision between the two pieces of software will be much easier. True Image does not include support for Mac, and Carbonite Backup does not include support for Linux. Of course, both programs are available on Windows, which is the primary operating system of most businesses.

Carbonite Backup is designed explicitly to include Cloud service, whereas True Image works with either the Acronis Cloud, on-site storage, or your own networks. With the inclusion of Acronis's Cloud service, the products perform similarly. They each automatically backup your data at certain intervals.

The user interface for both is acceptable with quirks. Neither is perfect, but neither is fundamentally flawed. The automatic features of both means you should not have to deal with the UI too often, regardless of if it is designed well or not.

The key difference in performance between the two is the quality of the file image taken by the Acronis software. The name of the software is not out of place: the image stored is accurate enough to replicate the complete system settings and contents from it.

It is difficult to talk about any single Acronis product without mentioning the large suite of software and services the company offers. With a focus on data backup, storage, and management, there is a tool for any occasion and each is designed to work with each other for more seamless integration.

Overall Analysis

Both pieces of software have their merits, but they are definitely suited for different purposes. Ultimately, both are good options, but the only way to tell for sure which is better suited for your needs and preferences is to take advantage of the free trial offers. In general, Carbonite will be the cheaper solution when you go beyond the most basic license purchases, but the Acronis suite including True Image is more adaptable to a number of business needs
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