Overall Satisfaction with Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)
Code42 provides a secure, cloud-based and on-premises backup solution for workstations, laptops, and servers. I am a user and a reseller with about 100 end users in various organizations. It is a low-profile and low-impact installation, easy to configure, and seamlessly and continuously backs up files, providing secure off-site backup with versioning and increments- allowing you to go back to pristine file versions in the case of ransomware. It protects against unintended deletes and lost or damaged computers, virus or other malware infections, and allows a company administrator access to archives in the case of legal or HR needs.
- Protects against ransomware- in a worst-case scenario, you can retrieve all the files in the condition they were in before the attack.
- Good interface- easy for users to restore their own files in case of an inadvertent deletion.
- Highly configurable to manage bandwidth and local resources.
- Can back up to the Code42 cloud and local storage devices.
- Would like to see a way for company admins to lock a user out of their archive to prevent deletion for HR or legal reasons
- Ability to restore earlier versions- critical.
- Recovery of data lost in hard drive failures.
- Confidence in a secure offsite data store.
Have used Veritas, Symantec, Mozy, and Carbonite. Veritas and Symantec Backup Exec from my tape days, and Mozy and Carbonite when I wanted to move to a modern backup service. Code42's interface, cost, simplicity of use, versioning, security, and low-impact sold me. No contest with the other services in my experience.
I use Code42 personally and resell to businesses with as few as two users. One business with 20 users has been a ransomware victim twice and we have recovered everything, files to databases, perfectly. I back up desktops, laptops, and servers, and use it for everything from inadvertent deletes to hardware failures. Backup is important but restores are critical, and the ability to see versions and intact archives and deleted files are well suited to any business that uses a computer. It's offsite and secure and runs in the background without consuming computer or bandwidth resources. I cannot think of any personal or business computer that doesn't need backing up, and off-site, encrypted, and secure archives that run without user intervention that not only allow restores but restoring from earlier versions is important for any scenario.