Picking a Winner: Crashplan vs. Carbonite

Published December 3, 2014

carbonite-&-crashplanAre you interested in using cloud storage to back-up your files? A lot of people are resorting to using the cloud because of they feel safer not having their important and/or personal files on their devices, but rather on a program that can be reached from multiple difference devices as long as they’re synced. Nevertheless, it’s important to learn how cloud storage works so you can learn what provider is best for you. A lot of providers out there are known for different things, so knowing what serves your purpose best can not only get you the best program, but the cheapest as well.

A lot of cloud storage users find themselves torn between two main providers: Crashplan and Carbonite. When it comes down to diversity, Crashplan is known as being superior. Carbonite is supported on Windows and Mac, but this leaves Linux and Unix users out to dry. This is why Crashplan is the superior program here because they can support those other platforms. With that said, this is a very small difference between the two, the major differences comes down to their exact cloud storage features and details.

File-syncing is a big element that, for many cloud storage users, can fully dictate their opinions on providers. Neither of these providers have backup plans for multiple devices in their regular packages, but Crashplan has a family plan that does contain this feature, but for a hefty price. Carbonite on the other hand is currently working on an interface that will feature multiple-devices, but this has not come out yet.

Carbonite’s real shining feature is its simplicity and easy-to-use interface; it’s simple, clean, and very straight forward so even the most technologically challenged and use it. Crashplan on the other hand is for the experienced cloud storage user. They have so many options and so much going on in their interface that, unless you’re a very experienced Crashplan user, even some of the simplest tasks can be really hard to do.

Security and speed are two areas when comparing these two providers that are really insignificant. Both providers are known as being relatively slow when it comes to downloading and uploading. There are many providers out there that are faster than these two programs, but Crashplan is notorious for not being the most reliable when trying to backup large files. Both providers feature security encryption software, so you shouldn’t really worry about either of the two programs having security issues. With that said, Carbonite has much more thorough security protection.

All in all the major factor here is Carbonite’s reliability and easy-to-use interface. Both are similarly priced, but with Crashplan having a bit more options if you can figure out their interface.

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