Dell DataSafe Review

As the popularity of online storage increases, more and more companies are trying to get in on the action. The latest to join the club is Dell online backup services.

In the beginning there were just a handful of companies offering online storage options. Imation, EMC, Network Appliance and Seagate were battling for the number one spot in the world of online storage. There was much debate over SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network accessed storage) systems, with each provider claiming their system was the best.

Currently cloud computing is one of the main reasons data centers require more capacity. The more people signing up for online storage services, the more this demand for capacity will increase. It also means that more storage companies will pop up, all competing for a larger slice of the market share.

Google, Amazon and Microsoft are already trying to get into the online storage business, so why not Dell?

Dell May Succeed
Many major players in the technology industry buy startups or struggling companies in order to grow larger faster. IBM used this method to break into the online storage business when they hooked up with Netapp and offered their filer series for resale. The only thing that changed after the takeover was that the product now bore the IBM logo.

Dell tried this method by collaborating with EMC, but changed their mind, opting to go solo instead. Dell may be an established company with a stellar reputation, but it will take more than that to lure people away from their current providers. However, if Dell can prove that they provide a better integration with current servers, customers might be willing to take their storage needs to a brand they know and trust.

What Does Dell Offer
Dell online backup (DataSafe) is an online service that backs up all types of files, including photos, documents, music and presentations. Data is stored in a secure offsite data center and protected against corruption, theft and other disasters. They offer an easy one-step setup and file selection wizard to make using their system hassle free.

DataSafe uses AES 256-bit encryption to protect data and 128- bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) during transmission to the data center. Once the data arrives at the secure data center, multiple redundant copies of all encrypted files are created and stored. Data can be accessed through a unique user name and password combination. Dell claims to have a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect data from unauthorized access, use, and disclosure.

There are two parts to the Dell DataSafe Online backup service:

  1. DataSafe Online Software. This software is designed to make file selection easier and allow users to schedule backups at convenient times. By default, remote backups to secure servers will automatically occur once a week. Users can also run a manual backup at any time.
  2. DataSafe Website. This site allows remote access to stored files and sharing of the most recent files backed up. Customers can also use the website to update account information and billing details.

Many new Dell computers such as the XPS™, Inspiron™ and Vostro™ systems come with the DataSafe software already installed. Anyone buying one of these computers can simply activate his account and begin backing up data.

Backups occur silently, behind the scenes, but users can check the status of a back at any time just by launching the software from a desktop icon. Once the backup is complete, there is a confirmation message informing the user that files were successfully backed up. After the initial back up, only changes to duplicate files are stored, saving valuable storage space.

What Does it Cost
Prices are comparable to other online storage services:

  • 2 GB of free storage space.
  • 10 GB for $29.00 per year.
  • 30 GB for $39.00 per year.
  • 50 GB for $49.00 per year.
  • 100 GB for $59.00 per year.

How Dell plans to break into the online storage business is still a mystery. As of now, they have a website mainly only accessible to registered users. Any one considering switching to Dell does not have much information to go by or incentive to help make this decision.

There is the 2 GB free subscription. With 2 GB users can try the system to see if it meets with their needs, and then upgrade later. But, not everyone will want to download the software only to find they don’t like the service.

Maybe Dell is relying completely on their reputation and past performance. Thinking that people will naturally flock to them because they are a big company that has been around for a long time. On the other hand, Google and Amazon are very well established, as well. So, what chance does Dell have of succeeding in the online storage business? Only time will tell.

To sign up and for further information, visit Dell DataSafe.

Plans & Pricing
2GB – FREE
Paid Storage:
$29.00/year for 10GB
$39.00/year for 30GB
$49.00/year for 50GB
$59.00/year for 100GB
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