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How to keep CrashPlan from disrupting your home network

Protecting Stanford data is a requirement for endpoint compliance; the central CrashPlan offering is the recommended solution. Our licensing agreement allows home computers with personal data, plus work computers with Stanford data, to be protected.

As we in the Bay Area continue to shelter in place, many people have brought their office computers home to continue working.  Most residential internet service providers offer much faster download speeds than upload speeds. As a result, data backups will take longer to perform at home than on the campus network.

Because the default configuration allows CrashPlan to use all available network throughput to complete a backup, if you have substantial volumes of data to protect at home you might find your streaming services, Voice over IP (VoIP) calls or video conferencing sessions disrupted during backups.

How to have a better backup experience

What CrashPlan will do

  • If an initial backup is still pending, the default compression makes network usage more efficient.
  • If you already have a full backup, CrashPlan will back up only the changed bytes of any given file, plus newly created data.

What you can do

Resources for administrators

  • Optimize bandwidth with the CrashPlan Bandwidth management methods and resources.
  • Connect with other CrashPlan users and admins at #cop-crashplan Slack channel that’s shared across the Stanford Enterprise Slack Grid.