Cloudbacko vs CloudBerry Backup

If you’re not satisfied with Windows built-in backup tools and looking for third-party backup solutions, plenty of time-consuming software comparisons should be made.

In this article we will ease this process for you by comparing Cloudbacko Home with CloudBerry Backup. Both applications allow Windows desktop user to securely backup file system to the cloud storage, while the list of supported features and integration to storage services are different.

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Amazon S3 Support
Amazon Glacier Support
S3 compatible Support
Azure and other nonS3
FTP/SFTP Support
File share support
File System Backup
Client Side Encryption
Bandwidth Throttling Schedule
Backup Scheduling
Backup Consistency Check
Backup Lifecycle
Mac/Linux Support
Email Notifications
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User Experience

Both solutions guide user through setting up a new backup plan with step-by-step wizard. One of its steps in CloudBerry Backup is specifying files in a selected folder or on a hard drive that need to be backed up. You can back up only specific types of files, for instance, databases, .jpeg or .psd files, etc. On the same step you are also able to include only files that are modified since the exact point of time and exclude operating system files, empty or hidden files/folders from the plan. To exclude files or folders from backup plan in Cloudbacko, you should uncheck each file manually — there’s no automation options.

advanced file type filter in backup plan setup wizard

Each time you create a new backup plan with Cloudbacko and chose Amazon S3 as a destination, you have to specify AWS Access Key and AWS Secret Access Key. In real life this means you have to always keep a credentials at hand, which may result in serious security concerns. CloudBerry Backup allows setting up your AWS account key pairs once and then use Amazon S3 as a destination point for new backup jobs.

amazon s3 account setup in backup plan setup wizard

Another advantage of CloudBerry Backup is a simple restoration management. Once you create a restoration job, you can save its configurations within the application. This way you can run it multiple times in case of consequent disasters or mistakes without need to set up the restoration plan over and over again. All defined restoration jobs can be further changed or cloned. In the similar situation Cloudbacko user has to run a restore wizard over and over again.

Amazon Glacier and Amazon Standard I/A Support

While both solutions support Amazon Simple Standard Storage, Cloudbacko can’t work with Amazon Glacier, Amazon S3 RRS and Amazon Standard I/A classes to decrease storage costs for the backed up data. By contrast, CloudBerry Backup user can determine which AWS storage class to use for each backup plan from the setup wizard window.

Lifecycle Policies

Lifecycle policies help to further decrease storage costs by transferring outdated backup versions to cold storage. For example, previous version of full backup can be automatically transferred into Amazon Standard I/A class after new version appears. This data could be further moved into Amazon Glacier when other backup versions become available. CloudBerry Backup user is able to configure lifecycle policies for each file or folder within backup plan, while setting up object lifecycle is impossible with Cloudbacko and user should change storage class for outdated backup generations manually via AWS console.

Backup Scheduling

CloudBerry Backup allows schedule backup jobs to be automatically performed in a specific time (e.g. on 9:00 on weekends). This feature helps users to reduce bandwidth consumption during working hours. Job scheduling is not available in Cloudbacko Home.

backup job scheduler

Bandwidth Throttling Schedule

CloudBerry Backup also allows scheduling bandwidth limitations. This helps users to reduce bandwidth congestion during working hours or situations when another application should have priority over backup. Cloudbacko users are not allowed to control its bandwidth consumption, therefore it’s better to use it separately from applications that need full bandwidth for stable work.

Pricing and Licensing

Both solutions are freeware for non-commercial use, but also have Pro versions with enhanced features. CloudBerry Backup Pro costs $29.99 per license per computer, while Cloudbacko charges $39 for a Pro version. Licenses are perpetual in both cases.

Considering all points above, CloudBerry Backup overcomes Cloudbacko Home, because it allows:

Tweaks on setting up new backup plan, including specific file types for backup and types that shouldn’t be transferred to a backup destination.

Backup scheduling and bandwidth throttling schedule that both help to avoid bandwidth congestion making it possible for other applications to use as much bandwidth as they need on specific hours or dates.

Deeper integration with AWS storage services by setting preferred storage classes from within the setup wizard and managing object lifecycle and retention policies.

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  • Multiple Cloud Storage Support
  • Bandwidth Throttling Schedule
  • AWS Import/Export Support
  • Email Notifications
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