PCR’s guide to cloud storage solutions

Most devices come with a limited amount of cloud storage but what are users meant to do when all of that runs out? PCR picks out some of the best options for keeping data safe and secure in the cloud while presenting flexibility.

Quest Rapid Recovery

Distributor: Exertis

Take the complications out of backup and recovery with the Quest Rapid Recovery. With next generation AppAssure software which provides security for data, apps and systems, this cloud management solution is capable of running quietly in the background without disrupting users – even in the event of a power outage. 

Specs: AppAssure software, simple connectivity to the cloud, complete GUI for ease-of-use.

SRP: Starting from £1,220

StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX

Distributor: Exertis

Provides quick recovery and backup as well as migration. For customers looking to run just one backup and recovery software solution on all their machines in a mixed environment.

Specs: Supports Linux and Windows systems, disaster recovery protection, system migration.

SRP: Starting from £63 for desktop license

Acronis True Image 2017

Distributor: CMS Distribution

Acronis True Image 2017 is the ideal choice for customers looking for personal backup software. With a touch-friendly online dashboard and protection for Windows, mobiles and Mac – recovery of data or complete migration is made simple with this cloud-based solution. 

Specs: Mobile backup for Android, iPad, iPhone, protection for one computer, back up for external drives, NAS devices and shared networks.

SRP: £34.99

Microsoft Office 365 Home subscription

Distributor: Entatech, Exertis, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, West Coast

This one year license for Microsoft’s suite of office applications includes 1TB of OneDrice online storage that can be accessed from virtually anywhere on up to five devices. Users can install Office Mobile on iPhone and Android smartphones. The package also comes with 60 minutes of monthly Skype call time. 

Specs: Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X version 10.6 or later, iPads running iOS 7.0 or later, Windows Phone 7.5 or later, Android OS version 4.0 or later.

SRP: £79.99

WinZip 21

Distributor: Exertis, Ingram Micro, Sigma

WinZip 21 Pro delivers renowned compression and encryption, together with time-saving file handling power. WinZip 21 Pro now connects to all popular cloud platforms including Google Drive, Box and Dropbox, and offers more control when you Zip and encrypt data.

Specs: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

SRP: £42.95

Acronis Backup

Distributor: CMS Distribution

Cloud and on-premise data protection for small to medium sized businesses, an excellent choice for back up and recovery. From Microsoft Azure, VMs to Amazon EC2, the Acronis Backup offers protection across most IT infrastructures.

Specs: Protection for Microsoft Windows or Linux servers, laptops, iPhone, Android, and iPad devices.

SRP: £718.80


CMS Distribution: 0208 805 1000

Entatech: 0333 101 1000

Exertis: 0845 094 8828

Ingram Micro: 0871 973 3440 

Sigma: 0136 465 5200

Tech Data: 0125 678 8000

West Coast: 0118 912 6000

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