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Review: CloudBerry Online Backup for Amazon S3

CloudBerry Online Backup for Amazon S3, from CloudBerry Lab, makes backing up any computer to the Internet a snap with an easy backup wizard.

CloudBerry Online Backup for Amazon S3, from CloudBerry Lab, makes backing up any computer to the Internet, whether it is a home computer or an enterprise server, a snap with an easy backup wizard. Restoring files is just as easy. Also, with its built-in encryption protocols, CloudBerry is able to keep your data secure as well.

Specifications

Who is it for?

CloudBerry Online Backup provides easy configuration and ready data access to any system administrator through its user-friendly interface. Any critical system can be easily restored with the click of the mouse. Also, with versioning control, CloudBerry is able to retrieve an edit completed more than one revision ago.

What problem does it solve?

CloudBerry leverages the Amazon S3 service to provide ready storage space to companies with a variety of storage needs. The Amazon S3 billing structure is built around "what you need" instead of a fixed drive or tape size. Also, by providing encryption technology, CloudBerry keeps your data safe using your own key/password.

Standout features

  • Storage: CloudBerry uses Amazon S3's almost infinite storage
  • User-friendly: Simple, easy-to-use wizards for backups and restores
  • Encryption: 18 different encryption algorithms

What's wrong

  • Cost: After paying $29.99 for the software, you're still required to pay Amazon for storage on the S3 servers. Cost is scaled to the amount of storage space used, but there are free or fixed-cost products available.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

All business data needs to be backed-up. With CloudBerry Online Backup, you don't have to worry about disasters because your data is off-site at one of the world's largest data centers. Also, the likelihood of data tampering is extremely low with the included encryption algorithms. Finally, CloudBerry is extremely easy to use, which is important for organizations without full-time IT staff.

User rating:

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7 comments
vigremrajesh
vigremrajesh

Many Providers are giving online storage upto 50GB for free of cost. so providing for cost is much more to thing for going for it.

JohnOfStony
JohnOfStony

We backup typically 150 Gigabytes daily. This would be impossible to do online as even with a 50 megabit per second broadband connection, it would hog the line for nearly 7 hours - and that's assuming no other traffic on the line during that time. As for tape - does anyone still use tape? We switched to hard disc backup in 2004 for 3 reasons: 1) capacity of the medium 2) the rate at which tape drives became obsolete 3) the slowness of the recovery process from tape Hard disc capacities have kept pace with our ever expanding storage and backup needs. I doubt that broadband speeds will ever catch up with our requirements.

kevinx326
kevinx326

Check NetCDP at www.netcdp.com

abasha
abasha

How do you expect me to trust a company like CloudBerry with my precious data, when in fact they don`t even disclose where they are located. I suspect that CloudBerry is located in China or some where in Asia, where data privacy laws are not strictly followed.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What service and/or system do you use for offsite storage and backup?

jdawson
jdawson

thank you for your reply. i have serveral servers with over 100 gig of data that chnges daily and incrementals do not help. this size of bckup is impossible with even 2meg of dedicated upload on the isp. i would like to hear of anyone who has a solution. we use external hdds and nas and try to include redundancy and removal to offsite locations. my major problem is how long of a period i can keep backups. currently i try to do one archive at the end of the month and keep two weeks worth of data, but sometimes a problem occurs beyond this time frame and i cannot guarantee a recovery.

cloudberryman01
cloudberryman01

You don't trust your data to CloudBerry, you trust your data to Amazon S3 secure and reliable storage. This is the key point. CloudBerry Lab doesn't have access to your data.

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