Cloud Backup Cost Comparison Calculator : Unitrends vs Amazon and Google

Many organizations have recognized that cloud based backup is a superior solution for storing copies of backups for long term retention and disaster recovery.

Data is growing exponentially and with the cloud storage cost per GB for as low as 1 cent per month with some hyper-scale cloud vendors, that may seem like your most affordable option.  And, for some customers it is the right option, which is why Unitrends supports archiving backup copies to Amazon and Google clouds as a standard feature.

But when you add network egress fees, data retrieval fees, and the compounding storage of data for long term retention, your total cloud backup costs may shock you.  Additional factors such as the ability to get you data back quickly may not be so obvious but can be just as costly to your business.

Unitrends Forever Cloud is a purpose-built cloud for backup and recovery, designed to securely and cost effectively retain your backup copies for an infinite amount of time.  Forever Cloud is priced at 10 cents per GB per month. Therefore, a common question is “how can Forever Cloud be cost effective compared to Google and Amazon at 1 cent?”

Forever Cloud is purpose-built for data protection and recovery.  Therefore it has a number of features and benefits that are simply unavailable with the general purpose hyper-scale cloud.   However, the main reason Forever Cloud can be more cost effective is the difference in what you pay for.  With Forever Cloud, you only pay for the amount of data you want to protect, not for the amount of raw cloud storage that is consumed.  Regardless of your daily change rate or other factors that affect how much raw cloud storage is used, your cloud backup costs stay the same.    With other cloud solutions, you pay for each GB used in the cloud.  As your backups grow over time, so do your cloud backup costs.  Also, Unitrends never charges fees for retrieving your data or network egress, which can also increase your bill.

The calculator below can help you understand the cost comparison of Unitrends Forever Cloud vs. Google or Amazon.  Plug in your own numbers for your use case and see how cost effective Unitrends can be and how 10 cents can actually be less expensive than 1 cent for your backups.

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  1. I guess that you have an error in your calculator, in an scenario that you save 200 TB for all year without changes in the data and without retrieves and no compression, the calc shows a price of 0 to Google/Amazon, and that’s not true.
    They charge and aprox of 2000 each month for that static data.

  2. The only calculator I see is “Simple Operations”, which does not help me at all. Is there an advanced version which I can use?

    1. Sorry, I broke it Nate. I’m working on rebuilding it. I’ll reply here when it’s back up so you’ll get a notification email to use it.

      1. Hi Ken, I am updating this Calculator to link to the new one where the shortcode no longer displays.

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