Here we’ll quickly cover the the two big problems many CrashPlan users are facing today and share:

33 reasons why WholesaleBackup is your best Crashplan Alternative and Server Backup Solution

As you may have heard there’s been some big changes with Code42 aka CrashPlan as they shift focus and implementation strategy. This is creating some confusion, frustration and re-thinking of many users and backup service providers (MSPs) next backup platform.

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If your already aware of the situation

1. CrashPlan Home is tombstoned and 2. Windows Server are not supported
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1.) The ‘sunsetting’ of CrashPlan Home Edition

Many were disappointed to learn that CrashPlan was discontinuing services for the CrashPlan Home edition backup service.  [crashplan]

No renewals, No support, No new registrations allowed. 

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screen capture from Code42 / CrashPlan announcing the discontinuation of CrashPlan Home

They offer 3 options for what your next steps might be.

  • Upgrade
  • Migrate to Carbonite
  • or 60 days while you transition elsewhere

What’s interesting about this scenario (believe it or not) is that many backup service providers and MSP’s actually used CrashPlan Home in favor of CrashPlan Pro or Enterprise.

Why?

Here are a few things that come up.

TLDR;

  • Lack of support for the product, e.g.) Windows Servers
  • Limited support for various backup scenarios
  • The software used excessive amounts of resources primarily RAM
  • Updates often caused the software to stop working
  • The software broke after anything changed e.g.) system upgrades, Java updates & CrashPlan version updates – then having to spend hours trying to sort it out
  • The inability to backup from a mapped drive

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Crashplan ending support for Windows Servers from r/sysadmin

2.) CrashPlan ending support of all Windows Servers (including Enterprise)

The other huge issue that has many users and manage service providers scrambling to find a new server backup solution; is the Windows Server end of life support for the CrashPlan Enterprise app on Windows Servers.  [code42]

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Code42 support document explaining the end of life for CrashPlan Enterprise on Windows Servers

Here’s the quote from the official support page:

Code42 applications are designed to back up and secure end-user devices, such as laptops and desktops. They are not intended to back up or secure data on servers. Thus Code42 is ending support for Code42 apps on Windows operating systems that are intended to run on servers. Running the Code42 app on unsupported operating systems may produce undesirable results.

This statement and reasoning was slightly contradicting and bewildering when taking a step back and looking at the big picture…

  1. Because customers utilizing a Enterprise grade backup solution should expect secure data backups at a minimum; whether it’s on a workstation, laptop or server.
  2. The motive behind the CrashPlan changes are to it shifts its focus primarily on Business and Commercial grade backup services.
  3. While at the same time they are killing support for Servers at the Enterprise level because the solution is not secure enough.
  4. Additionally they are ending consumer grade backups which was focused on personal computers.
  5. So that they can narrow-in on small business backup services which consist primarily of workstations, laptops and probably a server or two.

Perplexing

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luckily you can read this thread where one person was able to get some clarification directly from a CrashPlan rep.

Many people are looking for a reliable Server Backup Alternative as a result of this change

File-level backup with versioning from r/msp

We’ve been talking with folks who are all asking a similar question in regards to Cloud Backup Services “Is there a good alternative for CrashPlan?” 

Read Ryan Kite's answer to Cloud Backup Services: Is there a good alternative for Crashplan? on Quora

The problem is real

– Twitter is full of  CrashPlan users that are literally reaching out for help!

– including users who are having a hard time after moving to the new suggested CrashPlan upgrade

33 Reasons why WholesaleBackup is a perfect alternative to CrashPlan for your cloud and server backup solutions

  1. Offering a simple month-to-month licensing model
  2. You can use the Cloud Backup platform or the Offsite Server Backup platform
  3. All are fully white label rebrandable solutions (no co-branding)
  4. Install the backup client on any Windows operating system including all Windows Servers versions
  5. wholesalebackup-server-backup-solutionHost your own offsite backups using the WholesaleBackup Offsite Server Backup platform on your own Windows Servers on platforms like Microsoft Azure
  6. Host the data on Google Cloud or Amazon S3 for ~2 cents per GB, no up charges. You save big!
  7. Ability to backup Microsoft SQL (included no extra cost)
  8. Ability to backup Microsoft Exchange (included no extra cost)
  9. Ability to backup Microsoft Outlook (included no extra cost)
  10. Ability to backup files and computers over networks connections
  11. Ability to backup mapped drives and folders
  12. Ability to backup accounting, POS, medical, dental, legal software applications and data.
  13. Fully HIPAA compliant
  14. Fully PCI compliant
  15. Financial Services compliant
  16. Using AES-256 bit encryption
  17. Generate recoverable disk images for bare metal restores and offsite them using scheduled backups
  18. Intelligent data deduplication
  19. Incremental backups using delta-block differential (only sends the changes)
  20. Ability to throttle the bandwidth the client  uses during business hours
  21. Unlimited free USA based support
  22. Free upgrades
  23. Includes Backup Management Web Console (centralized monitoring and management tool)
  24. Free speedy local backup vault
  25. Self tuning intelligent compression engine (up to 75% file size reduction)
  26. Access to reseller support team and resources
  27. Backup alerts
  28. Backup email reports
  29. Ability to create unlimited  user account for the web console
  30. Ability to create unlimited brands
  31. backup software has native protection against ransomware
  32. custom file retention policies
  33. custom file version retention policies

Truthfully – there’s actually a lot more reasons… 

…but this list was getting long already, please checkout the pricing page for the full list…