Code42, the company behind CrashPlan, has announced that it’s ditching home users. CrashPlan for Home is being killed off, with Code42 instead focusing entirely on enterprise and business customers. Thankfully, Code42 is giving all CrashPlan for Home users plenty of notice.
It’s essential to back everything up one way or another. Most of us have some sort of local backup in place, regularly copying essential files to an external hard drive. However, that’s not fool- or fireproof. Which is why many of us now back things up to the cloud too.
Code42 Abandons CrashPlan Home Users
Cloud backups work extremely well, running in the background, saving everything to a server somewhere you’ll never visit. Unfortunately, CrashPlan for Home, one of the best-rated and well-regarded cloud backup services, has decided home users are no longer worth it.
Effective from now, CrashPlan for Home users will no longer be able to renew their subscriptions. Instead, they have the time left on their subscription (plus 60 days) to find an alternative cloud backup provider. And CrashPlan for Home will cease to be on October 23, 2018.
Important Code42 news today that impacts CrashPlan for Home subscribers. Learn more. https://t.co/ZyEXRbsi96
— CrashPlan (@crashplan) August 22, 2017
This news hasn’t gone down well with CrashPlan for Home users who are now left looking around for an alternative service. They’re frustrated that having spent a long time looking for a suitable cloud backup solution, and eventually settling on CrashPlan, they’re now being abandoned.
From CrashPlan to Carbonite or Backblaze?
If you're waking up to news of Crashplan exiting the consumer business… pic.twitter.com/pYbwjWphuc
— Backblaze (@backblaze) August 22, 2017
Code42 is recommending CrashPlan for Home users switch to CrashPlan for Small Business or Carbonite. However, Backblaze wasted no time in reaching out for CrashPlan customers, offering them the chance to try its service for free. Either way, it’s satisfying to know that there are plenty of ready-made alternatives out there. Including Google Drive’s Backup and Sync.
Do you currently use CrashPlan for Home? If so, how do you feel about Code42 shuttering the service? Were you happy with CrashPlan for Home? Or did you experience any issues? Which service do you think you’ll switch to using now? The comments are open below!
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