CrashPlan, the popular cloud-based backup service, has decided to stop offering its ‘for Home’ product for consumers. Instead, the company will focus solely on business customers.
While existing CrashPlan at Home users will be able to use their plan until it expires, the service is no longer accepting new customers, and current users will need to find an alternative in the near future. CrashPlan for Home will be permanently shuttered for all users on October 23, 2018.
CrashPlan offers multiple cloud backup plans for various needs, one of which was CrashPlan for Home. With it, customers could automatically backup their videos, photos, and other files. Though the CrashPlan for Small Business option isn’t going anywhere, existing Home users will need to migrate from Home to Small Business if they wish to remain with CrashPlan. The shut down is the bad news; the good news is that CrashPlan is offering a 75% discount to its customers who make that transition.
Alternatively, CrashPlan has also partnered with Carbonite to offer its Home users discounted service through the latter company’s own backup service. According to Carbonite’s welcome page for CrashPlan users, those who transition from one service to the other will get a 50% discount from Carbonite.
Other alternatives remain, however. Backblaze is another popular option, and it is currently welcoming CrashPlan users who are in search of a new home. Google Drive also offers cloud storage, though it’s more expensive at $10/month for 1TB versus Backblaze’s $5/month unlimited option. Apple users also have a cloud storage option via iCloud, which costs $10/month for 2TB.