Editor’s note: Effective 3/14/2016 Magnus Box has gone out of business and is no longer available.
In my professional opinion, many of today’s various cloud solutions do not live up to their claims. After having implemented multiple cloud backup solutions for my clients, I find there are always issues of some kind.
A few cloud solutions make the promise of being “unlimited”, but after purchasing, installing and beginning the process of uploading your client’s data you find the software has a limitation to how much data can be uploaded to your “unlimited” space.
Then there are those backup solutions with their proprietary systems/requirements where a given file path causes syncing errors. This occurs due to the file path character length exceeding the allowed limit.
As a break/fix tech of 15 years that is now moving into Managed Services, I’ve come to a crossroads in my business. I need to be sure that I have a stable and efficient solution in place for all my clients’ back up needs.
Enter Magnus Box.
What Is Magnus Box?
Magnus Box is, in my opinion, the premier cloud storage and backup solution. I found it super easy to fill out their form off their website to purchase/enroll in the Magnus Box storage. Once that was completed, a Magnus Box support member contacts you to help guide you along the process. You are then given a downloadable .exe or .msi installer to use on your client’s machine. Finally, you simply initiate the setup, select your folders (or allow Magnus Box to automatically scan for important files) and schedule its backup timings. That’s it; you’re all set in 3 easy steps! It just doesn’t get that much easier in my opinion.
The interface and dashboard are simple enough for a technician to follow, including the feature of creating sub-accounts for your clients as needed. You are also able to adjust your client’s data size in the event they need to increase their space. Logs/alerts for your client’s accounts are available to ensure their data is backed up properly.
Magnus Box operates off of a strong backbone infrastructure of 42 data centers across the U.S. which alleviates my worry of uptime in the event of a catastrophic incident.
The pricing structure is the lowest of the industry, as far as I know. At the time of this writing 128 GB of online space starts as low as $7.50 and can scale as high as 500 TB. They also mention that, if requested, they can easily scale to half a petabyte.
There’s a lot I love about Magnus Box. Firstly, it allows unlimited devices to be backed up including mobile devices. With your purchase of space with Magnus Box you can hook up as many devices to it as you please: tablets, smartphones, etc.
Magnus Box includes features that really help those of use looking to move into managed services. The first feature is called “Ultrasafe”. With this feature enabled, data is sent in 256 AES Bit Encryption, 128 bit SSL upload/download tunnel. This increases the privacy and security of your client’s data and is fully PCI and HIPAA compliant. The other feature is known as “End Guard”. This feature allows you to configure someone’s backup remotely without having to remote into a user’s machine. It also allows for remote wipe in the event the laptop is lost or stolen and has a locator feature that allows you to locate that machine based off of it’s IP address. This is a great service to add into your managed services agreements.
Some cloud solutions only allow you to go back 30 days to recover a backup. However, as we know sometimes you may need to get something going back further than 30 days. Magnus Box has you covered with unlimited backup versioning so you can go back as far as you like to recover any data that had been backed up.
Magnus Box has an additional product called FileLocker, which is deemed as “The file sharing system on steroids”. This service allows all data to be in sync across all devices with a 256 AES Bit Encryption feature to keep your data safe and secure.
On top of that, Magnus Box support is efficient and a pleasure to deal with. Available via multiple avenues for communication they have truly impressed me with their support.
Finally, Magnus Box provides both partner and white labeling options. Their partner program allows you to resell the product. This not only helps you provide an awesome backup solution to your clients, but also helps increase your bottom line with their aggressive commission payouts. They also have a white label option to help keep your branding in sync across your entire product line you may be selling or reselling.
As much as I love Magnus Box, there are some downsides, as there are with any product out there.
For one, there is no option for unlimited space. Although Magnus Box can scale to whatever size needed by the client there is not an “unlimited space” price option. This may put off some potential buyers when looking for an “All you can eat” option for backup.
Also, the dashboard is not very consumer friendly. When reviewing the dashboard as a tech, it is quite easy to navigate. However, as a consumer there may be a bit of a learning curve in order to better understand the features available within Magnus Box.
Conclusion: Who is Magnus Box best for?
Magnus Box is a cloud backup solution that allows for flexibility, scalability and reliability. Whether archiving, backing up a server, or utilizing this as your “external drive”, Magnus Box has many size options that can scale to your needs.
This is a great solution for technicians to use for residential customers, businesses of all sizes, or as part of your managed service offerings. Plus, their partner program provides good margins for any technician trying to get in to the Cloud Backup game.
Check them out at MagnusBox.com.