Backup Genie Review

 

Company: Backup Genie

Website: www.BackupGenie.com

Service: Online Cloud Backup Service.

 

Introduction

Backup Genie is one of the newest players in the online backup market, having been established in 2011. Perhaps a result of their youth, they seem to have developed a culture of innovation. Already, the features they offer are competitive with any other online backup company, and every week, they seem to be coming up with something new. Therefore, if your company requires some feature from your online backup provider that you can’t find anywhere else, you’re likely to find it at Backup genie.

Features of Backup Genie

Speaking of innovative features, Backup Genie’s automatic backup system does something really special. A lot of the other online backup service providers don’t even have automatic backup – they only offer scheduled backups. So, just having an automatic backup feature to begin with is somewhat special already, but it gets even better than that! Even among the companies that do have automatic backup, you are often still interrupted from time to time with annoying prompts. What’s special about that feature from Backup Genie is the fact that those prompts have been entirely eliminated.

There are also plenty of other clear examples of innovation among the features that Backup Genie has to offer. For example, with Backup Genie, you are able to sync files across multiple devices. Not only that, you are able to share specific files and folders with friends, co-workers, and family members in whatever manner you see fit. Perhaps one of the “coolest” features that Backup Genie offers is the ability to stream audio and video files!

Of course, in the midst of all of this innovation, it’s important to point out that Backup Genie certainly hasn’t dropped the ball when it comes to security. Quite the contrary! They have contracted with Amazon S3, which offers some of the most well respected server security in the industry. Plus, they have plenty of redundant hardware with additional copies of your files in case anything happens.

Pros

In addition to the ones we’ve already mentioned, there are quite a number of other advantages to doing business with Backup Genie:

Speed

There are a number of variables that can affect the speed of backup operations. However, tests have shown that Backup Genie is capable of speeds well in excess of the current industry standards. As a matter of fact, whereas most other online backup services are capable of speeds ranging from one hundred ninety to two hundred megabytes per second, Backup Genie clocks in at 250! Granted, it will slow down if you’re running lots of other programs, but the capability is there.

Pricing Flexibility

If you don’t think you’ll need unlimited storage, Backup genie allows you the flexibility to choose from a 75 gigabyte plan ($4.45/mo.) and a 250 gigabyte plan ($6.95/month). However, their best deal, by far, is their $9.95/mo. unlimited storage plan. Especially for businesses with large amounts of data to store, this is simply an unbelievable deal. What’s more, the company offers a thirty day money-back guarantee, so if you discover during that time that there’s something you don’t like about them, you can get a refund.

Ease of Use

Online backup services have developed something of a reputation for being more than a little complicated to use. Often, simply installing the necessary software to begin with can be a real pain in the neck. However, this need not be the case at all. With Backup Genie, installation is a cinch. What’s more, it’s still easy to use after that, too. Sometimes, in their haste to make sure you have access to all of the features you would ever need, online backup providers forget to design their software in a way that’s user friendly. Backup Genie has bucked that trend quite admirably, and created a beautiful balance between functionality and intuitiveness.

Extensive Functionality

However, just because Backup Genie is easy to use doesn’t mean it isn’t fully functional. It is. For example, you have complete freedom to specify exactly which files, folders, and drives you’d like to have backed up, and on what schedule. As a matter of fact, you can set those schedules at any time, and the backups can be performed completely or incrementally, whichever you need. You can even specify which file types to include in (or exclude from) any specific backup operation! The software also keeps logs for you so you’ll know which files have been backed up.

File Sharing

We mentioned this feature already, but we’d like to elaborate on it a little further. There are also a few other online backup companies that offer file sharing, but when you try to actually do it, things get tricky, to say the least. The file sharing capabilities that Backup Genie offers boast point-and-click simplicity. Simply select the file (or files) you want to share, type in the email address of the person (or persons you want to share with, and they are instantly notified of their access to the file!

Cons

Of course, there are a couple of things about Backup Genie that we aren’t crazy about:

No Trial Period

Unlike most of their competitors, Backup Genie does not offer a free trial period during which you can evaluate their service. However, the money-back guarantee which we mentioned earlier does provide you the security of knowing that, if things don’t work out, you’ll be able to get a refund.

Limited File Sharing

Currently, you are only able to share files with other Backup Genie users. However, we have heard some rumors that the company is working to change that. So, it would be worth checking back with them every now and then if this is important to you.

Conclusion

Backup Genie’s commitment to innovation is very impressive. This extends to their availability via mobile devices. However, that does not mean that they don’t do the basics well. They do. In fact, there isn’t much not to like about this company, and with such low prices, there is really no reason that you shouldn’t give them a try. We believe you’ll find them to be more than able to meet your online backup needs.

For further information, visit BackupGenie.com.