As any good IT professional will tell you, it’s extremely important to perform backups on a regular basis. Until this point, I’ve used a combination of network backup to Charlene’s computer and online backup with Mozy. Until this point.
On Monday, Mozy announced the discontinuation of their $4.95/month unlimited backup plan. It’s being replaced with a new set of backup plans that will make it significantly more expensive for me to do business with them. I’m talking a price increase of nearly 900%. This is simply unacceptable to me.
Needless to say, I’m on the hunt for a new backup provider. At this point, I’m seriously considering either Backblaze or CrashPlan.
I don’t know either company personally, but I do know the persona Backblaze portrays on their blog, and I like what I see. They seem like a very genuine and sincere company. I like the fact that they’re very open about a lot of things, including their infrastructure and a bit about their encryption strategy for keeping data safe. They were even community-oriented enough to ask their users/readers for input on their new offices. I like it!
CrashPlan is a bit more of an enigma to me. They do have a blog, but it’s nothing special. They do seem to be getting rave reviews on Twitter, so that’s a good sign.
PC Magazine points out that neither company is very old, though CrashPlan is more established than BackBlaze.
I guess we’ll see what happens. I’ve gotta do some more digging before I make a decision. I really hope this is the last time I have to re-backup my files. Backing up 400+GB over the internet isn’t very fun.
You are not alone in your decision to move away from Mozy. I have many, many clients that I will now have to help them move to a new system. THe majority of them are home users that have between 30-100gb of data. Mostly photos, music and personal videos. I have found Backblaze to be a reliable system. I had a few clients using them already so I am going to be moving the rest over as their Mozy subscriptions come due.
Crashplan is ok, but more complicated. Not a problem for some people but Backblaze is certainly easier.