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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 is great for individuals or small businesses who want to run large/unlimited backups at a low cost. The price coupled with great customer service make this a company I hope to stick with for a very long time. Be prepared for large backups to take a good deal of time to complete (though this will also vary dependent on your internet connection). If you find the desktop client to be underwhelming or confusing, just chat with an agent to resolve your issue
Liz Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

This software is well suited for companies that want to be very in control of their backups but need a simple tool. It could be convenient for them to just buy their own node, locate it in a different location, and set up the jobs for their machines to backup to the cloud with the specific plugins. However, it would not be convenient for companies looking to have a tool that needs to be secure and compliant, and that need to have different other options for business continuity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Universal recovery
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Live recovery
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
7.5
Recovery verification
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
7.7
Business application protection
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
Multiple backup destinations
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.3
Incremental backup identification
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
9.0
Backup to the cloud
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7
Deduplication and file compression
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
9.2
Snapshots
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
7.6
Flexible deployment
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
7.1
Management dashboard
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
7.0
Platform support
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.9
Retention options
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
9.4
Encryption
Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Dell EMC Avamar
8.7

Pros

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

  • Code42 is an extremely powerful and flexible backup program with multiple options of what files to backup, how often to back them up, how much CPU should be used during backup operations (both when a user is present and away), how much bandwidth should be used during backup (again both while a user is present and away), and a multitude of other options.
  • Unlike a number of other cloud-based backup services, Code42 can backup network drives (such as those from a Synology NAS) - this makes setting up a backup system a lot more simple and cost-effective, as you can connect multiple network drives to a single computer - and backup both that computer and the attached network drives.
  • Code42 keeps your backup history indefinitely. This means that if you delete a file, a year goes by, and you need to recover that file, you can use Code42 to do that. Most other cloud-based backup services only keep history for around 30 days before deleting them from the backup archive.
  • Another powerful feature, Code42 allows you to not only back up to the CrashPlan Central cloud, but also to an external drive or network drive. Essentially, you can use Code42 as an all-in-one backup solution for both local and cloud backups. The local backups are heavily compressed with data deduplication to save space on the backup destination, thus allowing you to keep a long history of backups.
  • The cloud-based backups can be heavily encrypted with a custom made encryption key that even Code42 can't recover.
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • Avamar performs data deduplication on the remote host. This greatly reduces the amount of traffic that each backup requires. This even applies to the virtual environment through change block tracking. Backup times are reduced from hours to minutes.
  • The management interface makes it easy to configure and maintain data retention periods. Many times certain data must be kept for an extended period of time. There is a specific menu for managing retention periods.
  • The system is able to recover itself from a hard failure with virtually no loss of backups. There is a checkpoint taken each day that provides a recovery point in the event of a catastrophic failure. Since this is a node based system, the loss of more than one node could require a recovery be performed.
  • While another grid must be purchased, the replication utility allows all backups to be replicated to another grid at a remote location. This ensures the resilience of the backups in the event there is the loss of the primary data center.
  • Also works on HCI devices performing image-level backups as in our primary data center environment
  • There is also now an All-in-One appliance for smaller locations
Rodney Barnhardt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

  • The first backup is taxing on the system. Some users report that their computers become almost useless. You can set maximum usage and idle time usage parameters but the original backup is still time and resource consuming. Be prepared.
  • The initial setup is lengthy and confusing. If it weren't for the walkthrough with the technical support administrator, I would never have attempted it.
  • Feedback from the admin portal is non-existent. We had multiple systems whose backups wouldn't start and finally realized, through other means, that we were out of licenses.
  • Users can stop and disable the service.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • The client interface has constant JAVA issues and can be slow and chunky. We have often had issues with current versions of JAVA breaking it so it will not even run.
  • The backup clients are split out for function. Although this makes them light, it also makes it cumbersome to upgrade clients. The naming scheme can also be confusing for the clients.
Tim Knarr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan) 9.9
Based on 2 answers
No other product works as well.
Clifford Goeke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 9.5
Based on 2 answers
I have been using the product for over five years. This has performed so well that with the current system reaching its End-of-Life with EMC next year, I have proposed replacing it with the latest version of the product. Now that it integrates with Data Domain, the cost has been greatly reduced. Instead of the need to purchase many nodes, one Data Domain can replace them creating a significant cost savings.
Rodney Barnhardt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan) 9.8
Based on 3 answers
Everything is great except support for desktop and Mobile Safari browsers
Nathan McQuillen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The system overall is easy to monitor and see your backup/restore status. The user interface could use updating as it relies on Java and any updates to Java cause the interface to stop working need to be reinstalled
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan) 7.7
Based on 8 answers
The good news is that we have not had a need for very much support at all from CrashPlan Pro; however, their support model while adequate does not set them apart from other vendors. CrashPlan Pro has sufficient and adequate support but is not always the easiest to use or find what you are looking for.
David White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

Dell EMC Avamar 8.8
Based on 8 answers
Support is very convincing, always eager to solve issues from the root rather than workaround, don't hesitate to take webex, describe the issues to the core and recommend configuration to avoid further issues. We can ask few questions other than the main issue. They don't hesitate to answer.
Ratnodeep Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan) 9.7
Based on 2 answers
Very easy to follow the install guide.
Michael Stepetic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

We compared CrashPlan with other choices and they were either too expensive or didn't have the backup capacity we required at the time. For lack of a better solution, we were very close to signing with Mozy, and this was years ago when CrashPlan was still a new player in the market. I found them at the eleventh hour and started the product comparison. Mozy couldn't offer us unlimited storage space and when we found that CrashPlan could, it was almost a no-brainer. Carbonite was a close contender as well, but if I recall correctly, they didn't offer enterprise level pricing that we were looking for (note, this was years ago and their current offerings may be different).
Alan Richtmyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

Avamar has simplied the back up approach in their VE edition and is much easier to use than Data Protector. Backing up multiple VMs takes minutes instead of hours now. Creating policies, retentions, and schedules, is vastly improved and much easier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

  • The licensing cost is negligible on our budget, but the return and peace of mind is significant. It has already saved our butts against ransomware viruses and we've lost data in natural disasters before - now we're prepared if it happens again!
Leora &quot;Sparky&quot; Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell EMC Avamar

  • Avamar served our organization very well for many years. It was absolutely the best solution of its day.
  • We did the fork-lift upgrade twice to continue with Avamar. We could not continue to support this model of upgrades.
  • Our final decision to replace Avamar was when the nodes filled with meta-data while we had plenty of data domain space for backups.
  • We've spent too much engineer time babysitting the product.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Dell EMC Avamar

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
8.8
Dell EMC Avamar
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
9.9
Dell EMC Avamar
9.5

Usability

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
9.8
Dell EMC Avamar
8.0

Support Rating

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
7.7
Dell EMC Avamar
8.8

Implementation Rating

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
9.7
Dell EMC Avamar

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