Removing Bandwidth Bottlenecks with Code42 CrashPlan 5.1

The highest praise in software is “it just works.” Second highest praise is “the rollout was pain-free.” Our customers say both. “Code42 CrashPlan is easy to deploy and manage.”

In the 5.1 release we continue to move toward a “set it and forget it” technology by including the ability to specify different data transfer rates for peak and off-peak business hours. While the majority of CrashPlan users experience no perceptible difference in device performance during continuous, automatic backup, administrators in low-bandwidth locations are sometimes affected. Bandwidth slows down when numerous machines are backing up during peak hours.

Our university has offices around the state, many with limited network bandwidth. With Code42’s schedule-based bandwidth management we can speed deployment of CrashPlan to these offices, and ensure that CrashPlan backup activity doesn’t slow down the network for users in the middle of their work day.

Diana Williams, senior systems administrator at the University of Georgia

Code42 CrashPlan sending limits are defined as either standard settings or scheduled settings, which is new to version 5.1. Standard settings apply the same values at all times and to all users, while scheduled settings allow admins to throttle bandwidth usage based on time of day to reduce bandwidth utilization during peak hours while maintaining up-to-date data stores.

Code42 CrashPlan 5.1’s scheduled setting allows administrators to specify different data transfer rates for peak and off-peak hours by setting start and end times for peak business hours, and limiting backup data transfer rates for WAN and LAN connections and when the user is active and inactive on the device.

Learn more about defining connection settings for network interface and wireless network exclusions, and TCP/IP buffer size and proxy settings here.

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