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Matthew’s Favorite Things

Our CEO/co-founder Matthew Dornquast recently mentioned a few of his favorite CrashPlan features/functionalities released in the last 18 months:

  • No limits: versions, size, archives, retention–all completely unlimited
  • Silent, continuous operation: stays out of your way, and it never forgets to run
  • Customizable backup sets: let users–or IT–choose where their data goes and when
  • Multi-destination backup: for ultimate security and data protection
  • Minuscule amounts of bandwidth: client-side data de-duplication and compression save calls to the server, keeping your network humming
  • Real-time management / controls / policies: define groups, roles, access and more, on-the-fly, from our powerful and intuitive Admin Console
  • Intelligent battery/power-savvy: PROe is built for laptops; when your battery gets low, CrashPlan suspends itself, preventing a sudden shutdown
  • WAN/LAN whitelisting: IT leaders can decide what data gets backed up over certain networks, providing convenience and security

As soon as he said “favorite things,” I briefly flashed to the famous song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.


Then, watching the Tony Awards Sunday night, I idly noticed many of the themes in classic Broadway songs echoed similar concepts in enterprise endpoint backup. Far fetched? I beg to differ. Here’s my playlist for “The CrashPlan Musical Revue”:

  • “Memory” from Cats – An ode to data lost before a user started using CrashPlan.
  • “Miracle of Miracles” from Fiddler on the Roof – A celebration when data thought lost is restored by CrashPlan.
  • “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from The Pirates of Penzance – An exhaustive list of all the features of CrashPlan.

Okay, so I might not ever raise a curtain in Manhattan, but at least this idea—along with all of my actually good ideas—is securely backed up.

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