Code 42 Software Releases Backup Platform CrashPlan PROe 3

CrashPlan PROe 3's hybrid architecture supports both public and private cloud storage across multiple physical locations.

Code 42 Software announced the release of CrashPlan PROe 3, its updated enterprise backup solution. PROe 3 features new hybrid architecture, dynamic data balancing, secure mobile access with one-touch update, and new management and deployment tools. The offering is designed to provide enterprises with greater levels of security, flexibility and efficiency with their data backup.

CrashPlan PROe 3€™s hybrid architecture supports both public and private cloud storage across multiple physical locations. Its automatic data balancing enhances the use of available storage and bandwidth within and between servers and data centers. When new storage capacity is added to any node anywhere in the system, it is automatically incorporated and balanced.

In addition, PROe 3's new administration console and dashboard provides a real-time view of the entire system, and makes it easier to administer the backups, whether there are 200 users or 200,000. It shows at a glance the overall health, storage usage and bandwidth usage, and enables administrators to drill down for an enhanced level of detail and control, in real-time, from any browser.

"With CrashPlan PROe 3, we've taken backup from being merely data protection, to actually being a productivity enhancement for the enterprise,€ said Matthew Dornquast, founder and CEO of Code 42. "Individual users will love the secure mobile access, administrators will love the real-time dashboard and management tools, and CIOs will love the security and low total cost of ownership [TCO]."

Additional enhancements in CrashPlan PROe 3 include new mobile apps for Apple iOS, Android or Windows Phone, giving users secure access to their data from anywhere they can connect. The mobile apps feature one-touch update and the same security as the PROe desktop applications.

The offering also incorporates backup sets, which make it possible to specify different groups of files and folders to be backed up on different schedules and to different destinations. In addition, enhanced network controls allow users or administrators to exclude certain networks from being used for backup. The company said this feature helps avoid the use of costly or limited networks when traveling.

The technology also includes new power controls to automatically pause backups when a laptop's battery reaches a certain level. In addition, support for multiple Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) servers is designed to simplify deployment to larger enterprises. CrashPlan PROe 3 is currently available, and new users can download a 30-day free trial. The company noted existing CrashPlan PROe users would receive upgrade details directly from the Code 42 Professional Services department.

The company also provides CrashPlan Pro for the small and midsize business (SMB) market. It features cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris (both client and server), multiple destination support, support for laptop backup, deduplication and comprehensive reporting.

Two pricing plans are 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 an average of approximately 20GB of data per computer.