Overall Satisfaction with CrashPlan
We used CrashPlan to backup the mobile computer of the travelling employees. We don't use it much anymore because of the Google Drive and Dropbox synchronization tools. It isn't for a specific department, but for a specific needs. For the local employees, it's easy to save on a local intranet or DFS, but when you work on the road, you want to work locally.
- It is multi platform. You can't be Windows or Mac only anymore, every employees should choose their best tools.
- It's easy to use. Anyone can log on and restore files.
- It's pretty advanced. Schedule, encryption, bandwidth, selections!
- It's pretty expensive.
- Precious work won't be lost. You'll never know when you overwrite a file by mistake. Go thru the versions.
- No large server to manage.
- Not time consuming.
If you don't need the old computer (Crashplan backs up only user files by default anyway) you may want to go with a synchronization system. Having the file both online and synched on multiple computers makes it easy to work on. No matter when or where, you can work on your important files. CrashPlan will only back up. However, with those tools, you only sync one folder (or need complex configuration). With CrashPlan you'll get the documents, favourites, desktop, etc.
I think CrashPlan will fit all scenarios since the configuration is very granular. You can configure multiple destinations, and receive backups of other computer. What does that mean? You don't need a large server to store the backup, you can backup peer-to-peer and optimize your computer drives. There are no additional costs for the storage.