Backblaze vs. CrashPlan - Comparison of cloud backup solutions

Backblaze vs. CrashPlan – Comparison of Cloud Backup Solutions

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CrashPlan recently announced that it would exit the consumer backup business. As a result, the company will discontinue their CrashPlan for Home product and is advising customers to switch to their business plan or Carbonite. In the search for a viable alternative, I stumbled across Backblaze. In this article, I will compare Backblaze vs. CrashPlan and share with you why I chose Backblaze for my backup needs.

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Backup your data or lose it

Like many others before me, I learned the hard way why backing up data is important. I have lost data a few times but, fortunately, never anything critical. But the loss was enough to teach me the importance of a reliable offsite backup service. About ten years ago, I signed up for Carbonite at the recommendation of a good friend. It worked well for backing up data on my computer’s internal drives. Unfortunately, it didn’t support backing up data stored on external drives. As a result, I switched to CrashPlan, which supported external as well as network drives. I have been using CrashPlan ever since, and my backup archive has grown to almost 7 Terabytes (TB).

Backblaze vs. CrashPlan - Comparison of cloud backup solutions
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CrashPlan exits consumer market

On August 22, 2017, I received an email from CrashPlan informing me that the company has decided to exit the consumer market over the next 14 months. CrashPlan offered two migration options:

  • Migrate to CrashPlan for Small Business in a matter of minutes
  • Start from scratch with Carbonite

I have not had any serious issues with CrashPlan and was satisfied with their service. As a result, I was considering migrating to their small business offering. The advantage of that was that I thought I wouldn’t have to re-upload all my data.

Effective August 22, 2017, Code42 will no longer offer new – or renew – CrashPlan for Home subscriptions, and we will begin to sunset the product over several months.
CrashPlan for Home will no longer be available for use starting October 23, 2018.

I currently have a CrashPlan Family Unlimited subscription that costs $149 per year. It offers unlimited backup storage for multiple devices. The latter isn’t important to me because I only backup my iMac and its externally connected drives. CrashPlan’s Small Business plan costs $120 per year and would thus be less expensive. It’s limited to one computer unless you pay extra, but that would not be a limitation in my case.

CrashPlan even offers a 75% discount for the first 12 months when you migrate your account over. As enticing as that sounded, I still decided to try out Backblaze and stuck with it. Here is why…

Backblaze vs. CrashPlan

I had first heard about Backblaze from John Gruber, publisher of Daring Fireball. He has been using Backblaze for years and liked the service. So I checked it out and noticed that they are much less expensive than CrashPlan while offering more features. While the price wasn’t a major factor, it certainly helped to make the decision.