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Title says it all. In your opinion which is the best?

Aka the one that works seemlessly with windows 8.
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1 View Post

Title says it all. In your opinion which is the best?

Aka the one that works seemlessly with windows 8.

The three big players are:
AltDrive
CrashPlan
BackBlaze

Each are priced around the same, with savings if bought for a year. All three have clients that you install, and you configure what folders to be backed up. All allow you to throttle bandwidth, and allow for unlimited backing up.

Backblaze will only allow the client to be installed on a Windows Workstation OS, not a server OS (which is why I don't use Backblaze). They charge $5/mo on month-to-month, $4.17/mo for a 1 year, or $3.96/mo for 2 years.
CrashPlan and Altdrive are on-par, in my opinion, but CrashPlan allows you to also backup data from client to client. Let's say you had a friend who had the CrashPlan client installed on his computer, you could both back up your files to CrashPlan's servers for a fee, and/or backup to each others computers for free. Nice, but not useful for me. CrashPlan+ Unlimited is $5.99/mo month-to-month, $5/mo for 1 year ($59.99), and as low as $3.96/mo for 4 years ($189.99).
AltDrive is my favorite and what I use. Their support is great (almost instant response, weekends too), and I love how the client works using Backup Sets. I have different folders backing up with different priorities/schedules, as I see fit. AltDrive is $4.45/mo month-to-month, or $3.71/mo for a year ($44.50). AltDrive's client supports Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as Server editions. I currently use AltDrive on a box running Windows Storage Server 2012 (which is the same kernel as Windows 8, so Windows 8 works as well). I max my upload anytime I let it, and have over 2.5TB uploaded there currently. I know they don't throttle.

CrashPlan shouldn't throttle either, and I'm not sure about Backblaze.

Regardless, they all have free trials so download the client, set a specific folder to upload, and see which you like best in ease to use and upload speeds. AltDrive has their datacenter in Seattle, WA and although I'm in KY, they are the fastest for me. I can max my 5Mbps upload, where as CrashPlan only maxes to ~3Mbps for me. CrashPlan's datacenter is in Minneapolis, MN. Backblaze's datacenter is in San Mateo, CA.

EDIT:
Oh yeah, BackBlaze has an iPhone app, CrashPlan has an iPhone and Android app, where AltDrive has neither. AltDrive is working on one though. I don't need an app, to be honest, since I set it up and forget about it. I use it solely for cloud archiving incase my server craps and my local backups are nowhere to be found. $44.50/year is an easy price to pay for a just in case.

Good luck!
Edited by tycoonbob - 5/25/13 at 12:56pm
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My customer only wants it to protect him against theft. He dosnt care for pretty much anything else.

Looks like were gonna use altdrive is the best.
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1 View Post

My customer only wants it to protect him against theft. He dosnt care for pretty much anything else.

Looks like were gonna use altdrive is the best.

You nor your customer will be disappointed. FYI, they have an affiliate program, so if you use AltDrive and he signs up with your affiliate link, you will get two months free. Backblaze has a similar plan, but they will pay you a small percentage of recurring revenue. Not worth it unless you were a software reseller, IMO.
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