Overall Satisfaction with CrashPlan
CrashPlan has been rolled out to all of our full-time employees. This is around 850-1000 employees total. Prior to CrashPlan, we did not have a reliable means to back up data on the individual computers other than having our end users save to network shares. Synchronizing this data for off-line use has always been messy but now we can safely allow data to be stored on the local hard drives. Additionally, CrashPlan is our primary means for data retention when a user is no longer employed. Data can always be downloaded from the administrative console if needed, especially when access to the physical computer is non existent.
- Once CrashPlan is fully set up and synchronizing, it truly is a "set it and forget it" solution. Backups, by default, happen every 15 minutes and the user only needs an internet connection for this to happen.
- The administrative console is wonderful for IT to support its end users. We can download all user data if needed and centrally control the settings, including what folders/files are backed up, without interrupting the user.
- We originally rolled out the product en masse about a year ago and this was supposed to install CrashPlan quietly and log the user in using their AD credentials. The former worked fine, however, the latter seems to have been sporadic. Most users are working fine but we have found a few cases recently that the data was not being backed up and in one instance, the hard drive failed causing the user to lose important work. We are having to work around this but would have liked Code42 to implement a better means for central deployment.
- The current mobile apps work fine and allow a user to download any backed up file. I would personally like to see them be able to backup the contents of phones and tablets though.
As stated before, CrashPlan is a very automated and reliable means for backing up individual computers. It works on both Windows and Mac alike and encrypts all data being backed up. For the end-user, this product is second to none. The same can be said for IT departments but with the rollout issues that I mentioned before, caution should be applied.