Crashplan and backup

Over the years I have used various backup providers (Intronis, Vaultlogix, Barracuda, etc). I have even looked at MaxBackup here. I was investigating Crashplan recently, and I am now wondering if I am missing something.

 All of the services I listed above have some kind of per-GB plan, the usual some-amount-of-$$-per-GB thing. I look at Crashplan, and it says 'Unlimited data for $10 a month'.

 Why would I not just install that on all my servers, and benefit from that huge decrease in backup costs? They talk about versions, constant backups, etc.

 Am I missing something here? Why am I paying $30 for 30 GB (or whatever), when I could have 'unlimited' for $10?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I use CrashPlan for backups at home. The $60/year option.
It works OK for about 300 GB of data.

The only con I found so far is that the up/down speeds are not great. It took over 1 week for the initial sync (I have a 100 Mb down / 10 Mb up connection).


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Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
The retail cost of S3 storage is currently $0.03/GB, so a plan of $10/month is equivalent to 300GB.  
I guess that at Crashplan the long tail of small users who use less than 100GB for the "My Documents" default, subsidize the small number of heavy users.
I also wouldn't be surprised if they move the older backup sets to much cheaper storage like AWS Glacier. I would do it. The chances of someone asking to restore data older than 3 months are pretty low.
tnormanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input on this.
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