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Own Your Data: CrashPlan vs Retrospect

On Wednesday, Code42 announced that CrashPlan for Home will cease to operate in October 2018, and customers have a year to migrate to their business solution or a different backup provider.

Companies have to make tough decisions, and I’m sure the Code42 team did not take this decision lightly. CrashPlan was launched in 2007 and was one of the first mainstream consumer-level cloud backup services. But that’s the core issue. Cloud services come and go. It’s a tough business. Relying on one as your only long-term backup strategy doesn’t make sense, because unlike with Retrospect, your backups are always on their servers. You’re renting their backup service.

Retrospect has been protecting homes and businesses for over thirty years, since before Facebook, Google, the world wide web, and certainly cloud backup services. Every copy of Retrospect is a lifetime license to data protection. It doesn’t expire. Buy it once and own it forever.

Unfortunately, CrashPlan does not provide a mechanism for migrating backups out of their cloud service. CrashPlan for Home is a pay-as-you-go service, and when it’s gone, so are those backups. With Retrospect, customers aren’t tied to a single location. They can back up to on-site locations like local disk, tape, and network-attached storage (NAS) as well as to offsite cloud storage providers. If one of those cloud providers announces its service is ending, customers can simply transfer their backups to a different provider. We support eleven cloud providers, with more on the way.

Thousands of homes and businesses around the world depend on Retrospect to protect their data, and if we disappeared tomorrow, their copy of Retrospect would just keep going. Download a free 45-day trial of Retrospect from and test it for yourself. You can use coupon code "CRASHPLAN15" to get 15% off of Retrospect Desktop on our online store.

Own your data.


JG Heithcock

JG Heithcock is GM at Retrospect and has eighteen years experience in the storage and backup industry.