With CrashPlan Pro, all data is protected with 448-bit encryption before it ever leaves the computer.
Data protection and backup software developer Code 42 Software
creators of CrashPlan and CrashPlan ProE, backup software for home and
enterprise, announces the availability of CrashPlan Pro, a cloud backup
service for the small and midsize business market. Designed
specifically for the backup needs of SMBs, CrashPlan Pro is engineered
to work unobtrusively, delivering automatic continuous backup, both
online and to attached drives. CrashPlan Pro's simplified, Web-based
management dashboard enables managers to monitor all user backups,
conduct real-time management, and control company-wide backup settings.
With CrashPlan Pro, all data is protected with 448-bit encryption
before it ever leaves the computer, meaning sensitive business data is
secured in the cloud. CrashPlan Pro also features cross-platform
support for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris (both client and server),
multiple destination support, support for laptop backup, de-duplication
and comprehensive reporting. CrashPlan Pro is available currently to
customers in the United States and Canada, with worldwide availability
is expected in Q4, 2011.
There are two pricing plans available - unlimited storage per
computer, or an unlimited number of computers for a chosen amount of
storage. Unlimited storage is available for $7.49 per month to back up
a single computer with unlimited storage, and unlimited computer plans
range from 50GB to 4TB averaging less than $5/computer/month. The
average cost was based on average of approximately 20GB of data per
computer, according to a company release.
CrashPlan Pro regularly monitors and verifies backup archive health,
so when a problem that prevents backups is detected, CrashPlan Pro lets
users know about it immediately. Businesses also receive backup status
reports and notifications about backup health, storage and user backup
activity. For as long as a business has a CrashPlan Pro
subscription, the software, as well as CrashPlan Pro Online will
automatically update whenever there is a new release. CrashPlan Pro
also automatically updates all the users in the company.
"We didn't want to simply rebrand our consumer product and call it
-business,' nor did we strip down our enterprise product and rename it.
Instead, we started with a blank slate and asked, -What do businesses
really need?'" said Matthew Dornquast, founder and CEO of Code 42
Software. "What every business needs is the security and reliability of
an enterprise product combined with the ease of use of a consumer
product. And of course they'd like to have support from people who
really know backup, available via phone, email and live chat. That's
exactly what we're delivering today."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.