Code42’s popular CrashPlan remote backup service for consumers, CrashPlan for Home, just got the ax. The company is shutting down its consumer product to focus on exclusively business services next year.
Code42 made the announcement on its website with CEO Joe Payne saying, “The needs of our business and consumer customers have diverged dramatically in the past few years.” Turns out that divergence is so great that the company is getting out of the consumer market.
If you’re a current CrashPlan for Home user the company is adding an extra 60 days to all current subscriptions to give users a little extra time to transition to other backup solutions. CrashPlan for Home is shutting down completely on October 22, 2018, which is presumably beyond when the last subscriptions will expire.
Even if you’re using CrashPlan just for local backups and peer-to-peer backups you’re going to have to find a new solution because those features will stop working, too. To be clear: All of CrashPlan for Home’s features will stop working on October 22, 2018.
Code42 says CrashPlan for Home customers can migrate to CrashPlan for Small Business. The company also struck a deal with Carbonite for users who want to switch to a different cloud-based backup service.
While Code42 has partnered with Carbonite for its transition out of the home user space, that isn’t the only option available. Backblaze has been offering reliable cloud-based backups for years, for example, and is a popular alternative to CrashPlan. DollyDrive is another reliable cloud-based backup service that’s been around for years.
Considering CrashPlan for Home never got got the same love from Code42 as its business counterparts, it’s not too much of a surprise to see it on death row. After years of promises, for example, CrashPlan for Home never even got a native Mac app.