NAS systems are “network attached storage systems”, which store a wide range of data in one place, while maintaining a constant internet connection. These systems can largely benefit from a cloud backup solution, which will keep all of this data protected and replicated in case of damage to NAS devices.

The team at Best Cloud Backups has provided a list of our top five picks for NAS cloud backup solutions. In the following chart, we have broken down each product’s features into four important categories (pricing, ease of use, support and technology). Whether you are looking for the most affordable solution, the highest level of security, or the fastest service, you will be able to find the perfect solution based on your individual priorities.

Best cloud backup comparison table:
Acronis True ImageCarbonite Safe Server BackupData Deposit BoxCloudberryCrashPlan
Pricing
  • 30-day free trial
  • $4.17 USD/month (limited storage)
  • Lifetime subscriptions available
  • 15 day free trial
  • $6-$50 per month (depending on the number of devices)
  • Discounts available for long-term contracts
  • 14 day free trial
  • Pay for use only
  • Unlimited devices and operating systems
  • $.10/GB USD
  • $20/month USD min.
  • 15-day free trial
  • Set price of $49.99 or $299.99 depending on product
  • Users must purchase a third party cloud storage solution to pair with this product
  • 30 day free trial
  • $5.99/USD month for unlimited storage
Ease of Use
  • Centralized management
  • Simple interface
  • Detailed data information available
  • Manual file selection
  • Centralized management
  • Mobile applications available
  • Simple interface
  • Slow initial backup
  • Initial backup must be done manually
  • Quick setup
  • Centralized management
  • Mobile applications available
  • Simple interface
  • Automatic continuous backups
  • Centralized management
  • Mobile applications available
  • Manual pairing of third party cloud storage solution required
  • No password key
  • Complex installation and backups
  • Centralized management
  • Requires Java installation
Support
  • Active forums
  • Online product guides
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • Request form
  • Phone support
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • Online knowledge base
  • FAQ articles
  • Phone support
  • 24/7 live chat
  • Email reports
  • Phone and email support
  • FAQ page
  • Instructional videos
  • Social media
  • Email support
  • Online forums
  • Live chat support (not available during trial)
  • Phone support (not available during trial)
  • Troubleshooting instructions
  • FAQs
  • Phone and email support
  • Live chat
Technology
  • Image backup
  • Mobile backups
  • 256-bit encryption
  • TLS/SSL protocols
  • Versioning
  • Limited storage
  • AES-128 encryption
  • Private encryption available
  • Unlimited data storage
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Limited file types supported
  • Continuous backups
  • Versioning technology
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Military grade encryption
  • 256-bit encryption available (depending on paired storage service)
  • TLS protocol
  • Versioning
  • Protected authorized access
  • 448-bit local encryption
  • Versioning
  • Private key
  • Uses Java for data storage
  • Deleted file retention
  • Backs up data to external drive
Summary of Pros
  • User-friendly management
  • Detailed data information
  • Excellent support resources
  • Quick backups
  • Unlimited storage
  • Excellent security features
  • Ample support resources
  • Reasonable price for storage and technology
  • Ample support resources
  • Excellent security features
  • Easy and accessible product
  • High speed
  • Excellent customer support resources
  • One-time price
  • High security features available
  • Low price
  • Unlimited data storage
  • Comprehensive customer support resources
  • Unlimited versioning and deleted file retention
Summary of Cons
  • Limited storage and devices
  • High price
  • Manual file selection
  • Complicated initial backup
  • Limited file types
  • High price for the features available
  • Limited data storage
  • Slow zip file restoration (large files)
  • Manual setup
  • Additional cost of third party storage solution
  • Phone and live chat support unavailable during free trial period
  • Requires third party download
  • Complex interface
  • Difficult to navigate

 

Summary

Of the top five cloud backup solutions we have listed, Acronis True Image offers the most inexpensive product. However, in terms of value, we believe that Data Deposit Box offers the most useful features for NAS systems at a fair price.

The products on our list, which offer the highest level of user-friendliness are Carbonite Safe Server Backup and Data Deposit Box. However, Carbonite may be tedious for NAS device owners to set up as the initial backup process is fairly complicated and takes a long time to complete. Data Deposit Box offers continuous backup technology, which is perfect for NAS device users who frequently create data, and wish to have the product automatically backing all of their files up in the background.

NAS devices are common among all types of users, including those who are not particularly tech-savvy. For this reason, it is important to have a cloud backup solution that offers a range of customer support resources. Carbonite Safe Server Backup, Data Deposit Box and CrashPlan all offer comprehensive support resources including direct contact, and online articles for guidance. Although CrashPlan offers impressive customer support resources, the product is difficult to use, which may cause NAS device users to seek support more frequently than desired.

Carbonite Safe Server Backup offers many valuable technological features, however one of the product’s major drawbacks is its limited file types, which could be a problem as NAS devices normally store a wide range of file types. Data Deposit Box offers a product that will keep NAS data protected, and perform in the background without much work required from the user.