Best Cloud Backup for NAS 2017

With Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, files can be stored on a server, and accessed by multiple users at the same time.

They serve as excellent repositories for large amounts of data, network hubs, and data sharing stations.

Which is why it’s so important to back them up, and why we’ve selected the five best cloud backup services for NAS devices.

NAS devices are like big HDD drives that can transfer files over a network. NAS uses the Ethernet Port on WiFi routers to transfer files.

They’re popular among professionals working with large media files, small offices, shops, and enthusiasts.

A Network Attached Storage drive is made up of the following components:

  • Hardware
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Operating System

Central storage of data means there probably isn’t a backup copy, which could lead to a lot of problems.

With NAS, computer and mobile devices can also be backed up to central storage, which is why backing up is doubly important.

While many people use NAS as their local backup solution, it’s also important to have an off-site backup, to ensure your data is always safe and protected from the follies of fallible electronics.

Also, since NAS devices usually store a large amount of data, you’ll need a cloud backup service which is affordable.

Best Cloud Backup for NAS Devices 2017

Rank Company
Score
Price Link
1 Winner
www.carbonite.comOverall Rating
$ 5.00 per month Unlimited GBStorage All Plans Visit CarboniteCarbonite Review
2 www.crashplan.comOverall Rating $ 5.99 per month Unlimited GBStorage All Plans Visit CrashPlanCrashPlan Review
3 www.livedrive.comOverall Rating $ 8.00 per month Unlimited GBStorage All Plans Visit LivedriveLivedrive Review
4 www.elephantdrive.comOverall Rating $ 9.95 per month 100 GBStorage All Plans Visit ElephantDriveElephantDrive Review
5 www.idrive.comOverall Rating $ 4.34 per month 1000 GBStorage All Plans Visit IDriveIDrive Review

How This Article is Setup

Before leaping into the top five, let’s first be clear about how this article is setup and what it is.

This article is not a review of each service, though there are full reviews of each one linked via the “Read review” button.

I firmly recommend you check them out.

Instead, what we’ve got here is a summary of the backup provider, a snippet about why we liked it, and a list of pros and cons.

Kind of like quick, mini-reviews.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s go ahead and check out the top five best cloud backup solutions for NAS devices.

1. Carbonite

Carbonite doesn’t backup NAS devices through its basic plans; you’ll have to get a subscription to its Pro or server plan, which starts at $269.99.

Carbonite supports NAS backups only through Windows, and only billing owners or administrators can select NAS files the same way as computer files.

Carbonite also recommends that you configure  sleep and hibernation settings on the NAS device.

So that it’s always connected to the internet, making it easier for Carbonite to backup data.

While testing, I also found out that Carbonite doesn’t back up NAS files immediately, like it does standard system files.

Instead, a scan is done every one to 24 hours, and the files are then uploaded in batches.

Carbonite does provide unlimited storage plans, but the Pro plans (which have NAS backups), only have limited storage.

Why We Like it

Overall Rating


Carbonite has some pretty nice features, like:

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • File Explorer integration
  • Backup scheduling
  • Encryption key
  • 128-bit Blowfish local/server 

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

2. CrashPlan

Unlike Carbonite, this cloud backup service supports NAS devices Windows, Mac, Linux and even Solaris!

CrashPlan provides unlimited storage along with an array of options, one of which is NAS backup.

CrashPlan is the only cloud backup service on this list that supports Solaris.

Now, to connect a NAS device to CrashPlan, it has to be mounted first.

The service does not directly support mapped drive backups on Windows, but, there is an indirect way of accomplishing this task.

For Mac systems, users can directly mount the NAS drive — CrashPlan supports OS X 10.7 up to 10.10.

Ubuntu provides its unique method for mounting drives.

And once you’ve done it, all that’s left is to learn how CrashPlan backs up files from a mounted NAS drive.

Solaris works in the same way as well.

Why We Like it

Overall Rating

CrashPlan has very basic and affordable plans, starting at $5.99 per month for unlimited storage,

But what makes it all the more surprising are the number of features provided.

You can customize how and when backups get done.

CrashPlan also has 448-bit local encryption and 256-it server side encryption.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

3. Livedrive

Livedrive comes with unlimited storage space, but to backup NAS devices, there’s an $8 extra fee every month — which isn’t much for unlimited storage.

This cloud storage service gives you a bunch of features to manage your backups and of course, NAS backup is one of them.

You do get unlimited storage space with LiveDrive, but to backup NAS devices, you have to pay $8 extra every month, which really isn’t much since you get unlimited storage.

While NAS backup option is provided in all business plans, it is not provided in the Briefcase plan, which is the file syncing plan.

The best part about LiveDrive is that you do not have to install or mount your drive.

A Windows user can directly see NAS drives as mapped drives.

LiveDrive has backup scheduling, incremental backup and can retain over 30 versions of a file.

Why We Like it

Overall Rating

Having data centers in Switzerland is a huge plus.

You don’t have to worry about the NSA snooping through your data.

There is no local encryption like in Carbonite or CrashPlan.

But there is 256-bitserver-side encryption.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

4. ElephantDrive

ElephantDrive was specially developed for NAS drives, so you can rest assured, that this cloud backup service will fit the bill.

ElephantDrive provides the first 2GB of storage space for free, so the service is easy to try out.

Functions like file sharing, archiving and automated backups are onboard. ElephantDrive also has web access and mobile apps, apart from its desktop app.

But, they don’t have as many features as the desktop app.

Paid plans start at $9.99 per month for 1000 GB of storage space, and the highest plan available is for $39.95.

The plans are obviously a little expensive, especially when you’re not getting unlimited storage.

ElephantDrive is meant primarily for NAS devices; you could use it for regular system backups, but I find it a bit too expensive for that purpose.

Why We Like it

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ElephantDrive comes pre-installed on a lot of NAS drives, and it has apps for:

  • Seagate
  • Thecus
  • Vault
  • D-Link
  • Drobo
  • Western Digital
  • Synology
  • Netgear
  • QNAP

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

5. IDrive

IDrive gives cloud backup and file syncing in one service, so you never have to worry about juggling data between different cloud storage services.

 

To backup a NAS device on IDrive, it has to be added as a mapped drive on your system, and then you can access it from IDrive’s desktop app –just like all the other drives.

There are also browser-based apps for Netgear, QNAP, and Synology. 

There is 256-bit encryption on the site and users can set personal encryption keys.

Data is encrypted on the server side as well.

The only thing you’ll miss is unlimited storage.

But better yet, it allows unlimited machines to connect to a single account at no extra charge.

This feature could be very useful for NAS devices, which are usually connected to multiple systems.

Why We Like it

Overall Rating

IDrive has all the necessary features (and more) you could want from a cloud backup app, including:

  • Scheduling
  • Incremental backup
  • Bandwidth throttling
  • File synchronization
  • Syncing

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

In Summary…

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices usually store a large amount of data, and even a small system failure could lead to significant problems.

Which means both time and money are going down the drain, that is why cloud backup is essential.

While I have tried to put down five of the best cloud backup for NAS, the right one will depend on:

  • Your requirements
  • Amount of data being backed up
  • Your budget

My advice is to read a full review first, try out a plan’s free trial period or account, before making any final decisions.

And as always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment below!

 

Rank Company Score Price Storage Link
1 Winner
Overall Rating $ 5.00 per month Unlimited GB www.carbonite.com
2 Overall Rating $ 5.99 per month Unlimited GB www.crashplan.com
3 Overall Rating $ 8.00 per month Unlimited GB www.livedrive.com
4 Overall Rating $ 9.95 per month 100 GB www.elephantdrive.com
5 Overall Rating $ 4.34 per month 1000 GB www.idrive.com

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