Cloud Backup Comparison: CloudBerry Backup vs CrashPlan and Code42 CrashPlan


With dozens of features and details of internal IT-infrastructure to consider, selecting the right application to backup your data is always a challenge. In this series of articles, we compare CloudBerry Backup and Managed Backup solution solutions with other vendors’ backup products by a number of criteria and features that are important to users, businesses, and managed service providers.

Today, we will take a closer look at CrashPlan backup and Code42 CrashPlan enterprise solution:

  • CrashPlan Backup for Home
  • CrashPlan PRO for Small Business
  • Code42 for Enterprise

In the comparison we will touch upon the following topics:

  • Backup feature set
  • Suitability for managed service providers
  • Management console feature set
  • Licensing

Feature set comparison

Backup Feature Set CloudBerry Backup CrashPlan Code42
Bring your own storage
(AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure etc.)
V X
Built-in cloud storage X V
Local backup V V
Hybrid backup plan V V
Scheduling V V
Encryption with customer-controlled key V V
File-level backup V V
Image-Based Backup V X
Bare-metal restore V X
Physical to virtual restore
(cloud VMs, Hyper-V, VMware)
V X
MS SQL Server, Exchange backup V X
Hyper-V and VMware host-level backup V X
macOS backup V V
Linux backup V X
Management Console Capabilities CloudBerry MBS
Management Console
Code42 CrashPlan
Management Console
Remote Backup/Restore Management V V
User Management V V
Console/product rebranding V X
3rd-party integrations
(ConnectWise, LabTech, Autotask, etc)
V X
One-click Restore to Virtual Environment
(EC2, Azure)
V X
Office 365 backup V X
Google G Suite (Apps) backup V X
Integration API V X
Email Notifications V V

 

Backup and Restore Features

CloudBerry Backup was designed to cover the needs of most IT-environments. The solution supports Windows (both desktop and server), macOS and Linux platforms and is capable of:

  • Scheduled and real-time backup
  • File-level backup locally and to the cloud
  • Hybrid backup
  • Encryption and compression
  • Block-level backup
  • Notifications and reporting

CloudBerry Backup dashboard

However, quality backup needs quality restore features. Today it is not enough to simply restore data on a file level. CloudBerry Backup is capable of image restore to the dissimilar hardware, restore from bootable USB, restore to the cloud - Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure VM.

CrashPlan was designed as an endpoint solution for file-level backup only. The company will discontinue its support of Windows Server OS in 2018 altogether. The solution supports Windows and Mac. It is also capable of:

  • Scheduled and real-time backup
  • Local backup and cloud backup
  • Hybrid backup
  • Encryption and compression
  • Incremental backup
  • Notifications and reporting

Crashplan PRO interface

When it comes to restore, CrashPlan is limited to file-level restore from local or cloud destination.

Storage Compatibilities

As to the backup destinations, CloudBerry aims towards maximum versatility. The solution supports more than 15 cloud storage providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. As to the local destinations CloudBerry can backup to NAS devices and network shares.

CloudBerry supported storage providers

CrashPlan only supports Code42 CrashPlan Cloud Storage as a destination for cloud backups. The upside of that decision is that many of their licensing tiers include free cloud storage. However, being unlimited comes with a price - there are known speed caps that limit the upload/download speed. As for local destinations, CrashPlan supports NAS, SAN, network shares.

Annual Cost of Ownership for Managed Service Providers

CrashPlan solution is clearly aimed at endpoints, so the only possible way to compare CloudBerry and CrashPlan would be to choose only file-level backup solutions.

For that comparison we will take price of 10 licenses for Code42 Standard solution and 10 licenses for CloudBerry MBS Desktop backups. Both solutions offer file-level backup, encryption and compression, scheduling and real-time backup. Both Code42 and CloudBerry MBS have managed backup console and are best suited for managed service providers.

CloudBerry Managed Backup Service
(10 Desktop annual licenses)
Code42 Standard
(10 annual licenses)
License cost $299 $480
Cloud storage 50 GB per user in BackBlaze B2 cloud storage* 50 GB per user included
Total $329 $480

*CloudBerry does not offer cloud storage. However, for the difference in the price of licenses, you’ll be able to get at least 300 GB of storage per user in BackBlaze B2 cloud store.

Conclusion

CloudBerry Backup and CrashPlan are both backup solutions but have less in common than you might expect.

  • CrashPlan is a file-level backup solution designed for endpoint protection, while CloudBerry Backup can do both file-level backup for endpoints and servers and image-based backup for Windows Server and hosted apps.
  • Unlike Crashplan, CloudBerry Backup is a Bring Your Own Storage (BYOS) solution that is fully integrated with public cloud storage services, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. This avoids any vendor lock-in in terms of backup storage.
  • CloudBerry Backup offers higher cost efficiency, when it comes to cloud storage management. Cost of ownership can be up to 30% less than with CrashPlan

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