Duplicati vs CloudBerry Backup

Choosing the best backup for your needs can be tough. After all, you’re looking for the perfect solution, not a solution that leaves you begging for a certain functionality.

Below we offer a side-by-side comparison of Duplicati and CloudBerry Backup. While each of these solutions will adequately provide both individuals and enterprises a secure online backup to general cloud storage, their features and opportunities do differ.

Note: For this article we used Duplicati 1.3.4 which is claimed to be the latest completely stable version.

Duplicati CloudBerry Backup Free CloudBerry Backup Server
Amazon S3 Support
Amazon Glacier Support
Multiple cloud storage support (Azure, Google Cloud and other)
FTP/SFTP Support
File-Level Backup
Image-Based Backup
Client Side Encryption
Bandwidth Throttling Schedule
Backup Consistency Check
Versioning and Lifecycle
Compression
AWS Import/Export Support
Mac/Linux Support
Email Notifications
Price Free Free $119.99
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Cloud Vendor Support and User Experience

CloudBerry Backup supports 20+ different cloud vendors such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud allowing user to widely use the advantages of free storage tiers.

The solution comes with a full graphical interface where backup plans could be set and edited. Backup Storage tab allows user to monitor backup folder contents both local or in the cloud.

Duplicati is known for its minimalistic interface: after the installation user specifies the first backup plan, then the app minimizes to the tray. Tools such as backup plan editor are available by clicking on the icon and choosing the right tool. Duplicati supports only Amazon S3 cloud storage as a backup endpoint.

Duplicati does have some weak points in terms of their user experience. They’re still a solid choice, but it’s important to be aware of certain drawbacks, like:

  • It’s a web-based application, so there could be issues when using certain browsers, like IE.
  • Configuring a backup takes much longer, as you have to enter details such as bucket name, bucket region, storage class, and folder path.
  • When configuring a backup to S3 you’re forced to rename the bucket name, which adds random (UUID) characters, this makes searching more difficult.
  • If you do something incorrectly, or attempt to make a change this results into an error and the system has to perform a “Repair” option which is located in a hidden menu. This option only finds the issue, which can create a host of problems later on.
  • When you run a backup the result is always a .zip file, even if you don’t have compression enabled.

Backup Methods

CloudBerry Backup supports file-based backup method through free desktop version and image-based backup for Windows Servers with MS SQL Server or MS Exchange Server in Pro version.

Users can chose whether to perform differential or incremental backup type. Duplicati supports both backup types, but offers only file-based backup method.

In comparison to Cloudberry, Duplicati lacks the following backup features:

  • You can choose a bucket region, however not all regions are listed, so it needs to be entered manually.
  • There are fewer filter options when looking through older backups, for example: “modified since”, etc.
  • There are fewer scheduled backup options, like the lack of a real-time backup, or the ability to run missed scheduled backups upon reboot.
  • You can’t backup on a file basis, only block backups. Since blocks aren’t AWS compatible you can’t review the file structure with an AWS console.
  • No image-based, or file-level backup.
  • They only offer AES-256 encryption.

Scheduling for Bandwidth Throttling

Bandwidth throttling allows users to improve bandwidth consumption by using full bandwidth for backup in the off-hours (e. g. weekends).

CloudBerry Backup allows you to set up a scheduling for bandwidth throttling that limits the backup or retrieval speed in a specific date and time period.

On the opposite Duplicati lacks this functionality, while supports throttling itself.

Speed Tests

In order to run this test we backed up a 40.2 MB folder with different file types to AWS S3. To make this test equal across the board Cloudberry was running the block level backup feature.

Here are the results:

Duplicati CloudBerry Backup
No compression & No encryption 17 s. 9 s.
(30 s for file level)
With AES-256 encryption 19 s. 17 s.
With compression 20 s.
(zip compression, level 9)
7 s.
(13 s. for file level)

With and without compression a backup with Duplicati has a file size around 16 MB. Without compression a backup with Cloudberry was about 40 MB, and the compressed version resulted in a file of 16 MB. Cloudberry does require greater space for backups, but that will only occur if you choose not to enable compression.

Pricing and Free Notifications

CloudBerry Backup comes in free version for Desktops and Pro version with few enhancements. The price is $29.99 for a permanent license for a computer with multiple purchase discount. Both versions send email notification about every major event during backup.

The Duplicati is an open source project supported by IT-enthusiasts. It’s completely free and comes without notification features. In terms of offering an enterprise solution they offer low reliability, in terms of having a team behind you - only FAQ’s and documentation.

If you’re looking for a robust and comprehensive backup solution, don’t take anything on trust. Compare Duplicati with CloudBerry Backup free version by yourself and chose one that helps best with own use cases.

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