As you may know, I'm always on the lookup for a good backup soluion. First I thought I had it with Jungle Disk
. It's neat.. but quite pricy per GB for lots of storage. Also, it has a tendency to actually not work properly. Such as just uninstalling itself without letting anyone know. Something I don't want to worry about in backup solutions.
Then I found Wuala
. Which was awesome since it allowed you to share your own disk space for Wuala to use in return for free cloud storage! In a previous post I mentioned, however, that they are stopping this ability in their service. Which makes it a lot less useful.
"What now?" I wondered... and continued to look. And ran into Carbonite
. Sponsor of several of my favorite TWiT podcasts. One flat rate and then you could upload/backup as much as you wanted. "Wonderful!" I thought. Until I actually started using it and tried to mark some directories in C:\ProgramData for backup. It plain out refused. Some googling later I realized that Carbonite is very
selective in which files it actually does backup! People were furious on the net about them losing half their data because they were of some file type that Carbonite didn't feel like backing up and without them even mentioning a word of this in any backup logs or in the application. This is arguably how they can do the flat rate thing. Very naughty! FAIL!
At this point I thought "It's just no use. All backup solutions suck one way or another. I don't dare open my heart to yet another backup fling. It just hurts too much when it lets me down." And then I remembered that +Mattias Kindborg
had suggested a service he apparently heard of from +Anders Persson
which was called Crash Plan
I can tell you that maybe, just maybe, I am yet again in love
! (as "in love" you can get with a backup solution). All I can say is: It seems Awesome!!!
* Very detailed ways of specifying what you want backed up (ability to set up different backup sets)
* No secret file type exclusions (like Carbonite) (But filter expressions if you DO want to exclude stuff!)
* Platform Independent (Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris)
* iOS/Android apps for doing stuff (unknown)
* Continuous backup (if you want)
* Version handling ("keep x versions the last y days, z versions the last u weeks, keep v versions the last w months.." All customizable)
* Bandwidth throtteling/scheduling
* Intelligent error reporting/mailing telling you when some backup is not working out as it should.
* Nice status information in the UI
* Encryption of all data. Either with passwords or with more advanced encryption keys.
* Ability to backup to different locations:
* To folders on your machine
* To other computers you own (with CrashPlan installed, up to 10 machines per account)
* To other computers of your own friends (with CrashPlan installed) (Don't worry. All the data seems to be encrypted! :) )
* To CrashPlans' online storage centers
All of the above except for the last part is FREE
! And even the last one is totally acceptable in price if you would want to use it. From $1.50/mo for 10GB from one computer to $6/mo for 2-10 computers, unlimited storage.
I'm syncing 250 gigs to my parent's computers as we speak and they are syncing to me. Most awesome!
Haven't tried any restoring yet, but I I'm sure that will work fine.
Oh and they also offer more advanced versions of their service for businesses called CrashPlan PRO and for enterprises CrashPlan PROe with individual user accounts, administration interfaces to monitor employee's backup progresses, etc. Pro versions do not allow friend sharing, however, it seems.
Did I mention it's really pretty?+Jonas Fredriksson
, time to test this one as well! :)
And the rest of you, I now command you to get this as well and bask in its awesomeness...