CLOUDBERRY BACKUP review


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Version 2.5.0.39
Developer Cloudberry Lab
Website https://www.cloudberrylab.com


ABOUT CLOUDBERRY LAB

Established in 2011 by a group of experienced IT professionals, CloudBerry Lab™ provides cloud-based backup and file management services to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

CloudBerry’s offerings include powerful, easy-to-use backup management capabilities and military-grade encryption using customer-controlled keys. Customers can choose to store their backup data with more than 20 online storage providers, including Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, HP Cloud, Rackspace, IBM Softlayer and others. CloudBerry also partners with thousands of VARs and MSPs to provide them with turnkey, white-label data protection services. CloudBerry Lab is an Amazon Web Services Advanced Technology Partner.

The software currently works with more than a dozen third-party storage vendors, including Amazon S3 and Glacier, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, OpenStack, Rackspace, HP Cloud, Backblaze B2, and many more. CloudBerry Lab does not offer storage; you have to secure that yourself from a third-party storage provider.

CloudBerry Backup comes in two versions:

  • Freeware: Designed for personal use, it has a 200 GB storage limit and is (as its name states) free.
  • Pro: Unlimited storage and advanced options for encryption and compression for $30. The Pro version also comes with a 15-day trial.

 

INSTALLATION & SETUP

Installation of Cloudberry Backup is easy, just drag the application icon to your applications folder and you’re set. Cloudberry Backup being a backup tool for almost any cloud based storage, only needs the login credentials from your separate bought cloud storage.

These days, an offsite backup is typically uploading data to a site on the internet and is called: cloud backup. Simply put, CloudBerry Backup for Mac serves as a conduit between your Mac and your cloud storage provider. You set CloudBerry Backup to which files you want backed up where and when, and Cloudberry Backup takes it from there. In addition, there’s an option to back up data to a hard drive connected to the Mac. The initial interface presented is shown below.

Some things you need to know about Cloudberry Backup. In other words, what you get and what you don’t get ( Cloud storage itself ).

RELIABLE CLOUD STORAGE THAT YOU CONTROL
With CloudBerry Backup you decide where to store backups: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or other.

DIRECT DATA TRANSFERS
CloudBerry Backup doesn’t process your data on 3rd-party servers, all data transfers occur between the source instance and a storage account you control.

RESTORE IS ALWAYS FREE
You don’t need a CloudBerry Backup commercial license to restore your data. You can configure your data retrieval right from the product activation screen.

 

MAIN FEATURES of CLOUDBERRY BACKUP

Well Cloudberry is fully equipped with all possible cloud storage services.

  • Scheduled Backup Build flexible Mac backup schedule for files and folders.
  • Incremental Backup Backup only new and modified files after the initial full backup.
  • Block level backup Backup only modified or new portions of files to add them to existing online data pool.
  • Command Line Interface Use the Command Line Interface to integrate backup with your own routines.
  • Compression Reduce data overhead, decrease storage costs, aid bandwidth and accelerate backup completion with optional compression.
  • Retention Policy Set up retention options to enable automated deletion of outdated data from your storage. Keep only actual versions of your backups.
  • 256-bit AES Encryption Encrypt backups with up to 256-bit strong keys on source side. All data sent to the cloud is encrypted using the SSL protocols to protect while it is in transit.
  • Email Notifications Set up customizable email notification feature to track each run of your Mac cloud backup and restore plans remotely.
  • Local Backup Backup Mac to cloud storage of your choice or set up local backup if you want to send only a subset of your data to the cloud and keep the rest on your local backup storage.
  • Network Locations Backup Back up your network locations including network shares, NAS devices, mapped drives, etc.
  • Symlinks support Maintain correct file structure and backup only what you need.

TO BE EXPECTED SOON

  • Full system backup Centralized backup of all files and settings of your Mac.
  • Support for Apple File System snapshots Seamless backup of files in use.
  • Support SFTP as a storage destination Backup to a network resource via SSH-secured FTP.
  • Support SMB as a storage destination Backup to a network resource via SMB/Samba.
  • Pre- and post actions Configure additional actions prior or after the backup job.
  • Detailed report Discover the detailed picture on the results of the previous backup jobs.

 

HOW TO SETUP a BACKUP

Once you have selected and aquired (a paid account, or not) your cloud storage service provider, you provide the credentials to CloudBerry Backup. These details (such as Access Key, Endpoint, Bucket, Container, etc.) vary by provider, and CloudBerry Backup will ask for the details it needs, based upon the provider you choose ! Good, as this is only for more experienced users and not for novice users. Setting up the details is something that needs knowledge. There is no Dropbox or Google Drive to select from the services list. Checking the list of providers, I feel this application is not really for the average Mac home-user but rather for a business or a professional user who keep their data in a safe place beside the common Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud which is far better integrated in your Mac system.

With the Pro version of CloudBerry Backup, you can choose to compress and/or encrypt your data and take advantage of features that the cloud storage server may offer, such as server-side encryption. The encryption that CloudBerry Backup performs is done on your Mac before your data is uploaded to your cloud storage via the HTTPS protocol.

 

These are the steps to set your BACKUP:

 

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These are the steps to perform a RESTORE

 

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VERDICT

The verdict for Cloudberry Backup for Mac is positive overall. It supports many cloud services, and is loaded with features. The Pro version adds (local) compression and encryption of your data before uploading to the cloud. It all works rather well and the Assistent helps you out when creating a backup or restore plan. The overall interface is not really my cup of tea, but it works well for what is was designed to do, and provides all information. The support for Apple’s new AFS file system is according to the website a coming feature. An absolute must knowing Mojave will be released on 24 September 2018. Cloudberry Backup is most useful for those having multiple cloud services running. Not recommended for novice or casual users, but good for any professional.

 

CLOUDBERRY BACKUP

$ 29.99
9.4

256-bit AES encryption

10.0/10

Image-based backup

10.0/10

Many different platforms

9.0/10

Data deduplication

10.0/10

Restore images as VMs in the cloud (Amazon EC2 or Azure VM)

9.0/10

Cloud backup and direct cloud-to-cloud backup

9.0/10

Local backup

10.0/10

Compression

10.0/10

Interface

8.0/10

PRO'S

  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Image-based backup
  • Many different platforms
  • Data deduplication
  • Restore images as VMs in the cloud (Amazon EC2 or Azure VM)
  • Cloud backup and direct cloud-to-cloud backup
  • Local backup

CON'S

  • No included storage
  • Requires third-party storage
  • Not for casual users

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