Building a cheap alternative for CrashPlan for Home by Martijn Smit 23 October 2017 All other vStuff 3
Hi Martijn! Nice article, but I have a few concerns. As far as I understood the entire Crashplan for Home service is shutdown, including the computer to computer feature. Although with a computer to computer backup your data is saved on local systems, there is still some dependency on the Crashplan for Home cloud service (for example to determine connected systems). FYI: Crashplan for SMB doesn’t support computer to computer backups. Maybe I’m missing something here, so looking forward to your reply :). Viktor
I got confirmation from CrashPlan that communications between clients will be able to continue after they’ve shut down the service. You wouldn’t get the backup summary emails and won’t have the portal, but it looks like backing up to other computers will continue to work. I’m hoping that’s indeed the case and they haven’t changed their minds when the shutdown date comes. ;-)
Okay, didn’t know that and it also surprises me. To determine which Crashplan backup clients are connected to each other you would need some kind of centralized service…the Crashplan cloud. So apparently they leave something up and running. I agree, a risk remains that they change their minds and shutdown everything after all. I’m currently evaluating backup through the native backup app on my QNAP in combination with AWS storage. More details on my blog: https://www.viktorious.nl/2017/10/17/evaluating-aws-s3-and-glacier-as-backup-target-for-qnap/. Works perfectly fine if you have stored your data centralized on a NAS, not so suitable for backing up workstations/clients.