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CrashPlan: Bravo Analysis by Sam C. Chan
 
First Published: Jan 15, 2014
Last Updated: June 20, 2016
Announcement Aug 21, 2017
<<< as captured by BTC 6/20/2016

Products

Personal Use FREE FAMILY INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS  
Official Name     CRASHPLAN+ CRASHPLANPRO CRASHPLANPROe
Business Use     Home Business Enterprise

Overview

Price $0 $14 ($12.50) $6 ($5)* $10/computer $ = custom
# of computers n/a 2~4** up to 10x* up to 200x 100~100,000+
Clients: Mac, Windows, Linux y y y y y
User Online Portal - y y y y

Destinations

"CrashPlan Central" - y y y y
External Hard Drive y y y y y
"Private Cloud" - - - - y
"Friends" y y y y -

Administrative Features

Real-time dashboard / reporting n/a - - y y
Manage other users n/a - - y y
Individual login accounts n/a - - y y
Group users (ACL/policies) n/a - - - y
Custom installers (.MSI) n/a - - - y
Master / secondary server n/a - - - y
REST API n/a - - - y
Versioning/Retention n/a 90 days?*** unlimited
Archiving (keep inactive sel.) n/a - - - full control

* fee per-month per-computer, hence 10 x $6 = $60

** multiple computers but single login account with full access (no isolation possible)

*** supposedly eliminated, as a  feature upgrade. Used to be the distinction between Standard and Premium

Summary of Options

  • 14+ marketing names, some no longer actively used
  • 9 SKU# (current specific plans to sign up for)
  • 7 distinctive plans (product name)
  • 5 feature levels bundling
  • 2 tiers of infrastructure
    • consumer, using 4.x software
    • commercial, using 5.x software
Product Naming Demystified
  • Standard + Premium   >>>   Individual  >>>  Crashplan+  >>>  CrashPlan for Home
  • Business   >>>   CrashPlan PRO
  • CrashPlan PRO  <<<   is really multiple Home with master dashboard & reporting
  • Enterprise   >>>   CrashPlan PROe   >>>   Code42 CrashPlan    (interesting latest trend)
  • Free   essentially a 30-day trial of Home + upgrade nags, w/ a submitted copy beyond your control

Competitors

  • Carbonite, Backblaze, Mozy, IDrive, SOS
  • Zetta, LiveVault, CommVault, EMC, Veritas, Azure, IBM, Rubrik, Glacier

 

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