The ability to backup and protect one’s data and digital files in an offsite environment has been one of the great advancements in technology over the past decade. Users of PCs, laptops and mobile devices are contracting with cloud storage providers for such services in record numbers.
The issue for most potential customers is having to sift through so many different providers in order to find the right fit to match the customer’s needs.
In order to help potential users understand the process of comparing cloud storage providers, this review will focus on comparing two very popular cloud storage providers, Carbonite vs Crashplan (Click Here To Read The Full Review).
This comparison will focus on the some of the most important criteria such as application support, key features, transfer speed, security and pricing. Through this process, it should become clear to prospective users which criteria are most important to them.
To begin with, Carbonite focuses its support on Windows and Mac, while Crashplan covers those two as well as Linux and Unix if the customer wants to use Java. That said, this isn’t really a big difference as few people actually use Linux and Unix. When it comes to mobile apps, Carbonite has a significant advantage.
Both providers support iOS, Android and Blackberry. With Android, Carbonite allows the ability to both access files for viewing, and to actually upload digital files such as videos and photos. Across the board, Crashplan only allows users to access and view files with their mobile apps.
- File Syncing – Both services are void of backup plans for multiple devices unless the user chooses the Crashplan family plan. However, Carbonite is currently working on a software interface (Currents) that allows clients to sync between different devices that they have downloaded this software onto.
- Friend Backup – While it may not end up being a popular feature, Crashplan offers users the ability to designate friends who are allowed to use their backup storage space to store data files. This feature turns on whether or not Crashplan is able to prevent these friends from viewing the other digital files occupying the same storage space
- Interface Simplicity – These two providers fall at opposite ends of the spectrum in this area. Carbonite has developed an interface that is very straightforward and easy to use. They have accomplished this by eliminating irrelevant options and stuck with the basics. With Crashplan, they have added so many options that even doing simple tasks such as selecting files for transfer becomes a bit of a nuisance.
- Backup Options – Crashplan allows for backing up of all file types plus the backing up of external hard drives and USBs with all plans. Carbonite offers these capabilities only as extra options at an additional cost.
Unfortunately, both of these products upload and download at a speed slower than many other providers. The only thing that sets these two apart is that some users have expressed issues with completing backups on large files with Crashplan.
While both providers protect users data with file encryption and required passwords, Crashplan only provides minimal 128-bit Blowfish encryption unless the user purchases the higher priced plans. Carbonite has a very thorough double-encryption process, plus they require extra security question answers to access certain features for all plans.
Pricing for unlimited storage space with these two providers is quite similar with one major difference. All Carbonite plans allow backup for one computer only. Crashplan offers a family plan that allows for up to 10 computers with the unlimited backup. The price on this plan is comparable to the highest priced plan with Carbonite.
The differences between these two plans are not numerous, but they are significant. Carbonite appears to be easier to use and a bit more reliable. Crashplan offers advantages with its family plan and with the more extensive backup options. Both providers offer a viable solution for users depending on their specific needs.