CloudBerry vs. Arq Backup

With so many choices, it can be difficult to choose the best backup solution that meets your particular needs. If you’re an IT professional, you need a robust, feature-rich product. Here we provide a comprehensive feature comparison of the Arq backup product with CloudBerry Backup.

Each of these products will provide basic, secure basic cloud-centric backups for both individuals and enterprises. There is, however, quite a difference in the number and types of features.

Feature comparison

For convenience, the feature summary table below provides a quick overview of how Arq features compare with CloudBerry Backup. Continue reading to learn about our in-depth review and feature comparison.

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Amazon S3 Support
Amazon Glacier Support
Broad cloud-provider support (beyond AWS, Google, Microsoft)
Filters — include or exclude by file type, timestamp, and file size
Image-Based Backup
Real-time backup
Hybrid backup
MS SQL Server and MS Exchange Backup
Client Side Encryption
No-encryption option
Bandwidth Throttling Schedule
Backup Consistency Check
Versioning and Lifecycle
Compression
AWS Snowball Support
MacOS Support
Linux Support
Email Notifications
Free upgrades
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In-depth feature comparison

In comparison with CloudBerry Backup, it’s important to think about the impact in regard to lack of Arq support for a number of key features:

Limited support for cloud platforms: Arq only supports four major cloud storage platforms, Amazon (AWS S3/Cloud Drive), Dropbox (Amazon-based storage), Google (Cloud Storage/Google Drive), and Microsoft (OneDrive). Other products such as CloudBerry offer support for many other platforms.

No real-time backup: The lack of real-time backup in Arq is a serious limitation, since loss of critical files and data becomes a serious risk between scheduled backups.

Filter limitations: With Arq, a user can filter by file or folder name, but it’s not possible to apply a filter to a backup that would permit the user to restrict by file type, modification date, or file size.

Only one backup copy possible: In Arq, there is no flexibility on retention policy, so only one copy of the backup is taken.

Few configuration settings: Arq doesn’t offer nearly as many advanced user settings such as can be found in CloudBerry Backup. It seems that most of the presets and configurations in Arq are quite simplified, and targeted toward basic or mid-level backup users. Generally, the Arq design doesn’t seem suitable for IT professionals. There is no support for image backups, MS SQL Server backups, or Linux. Though the Arq website contains a number of reviews, but most of them appear to originate with private users. Taking all of this together, Arq is best for private or small-business use.

Usability, user interface, and reliability of client software

When we consider ease of use, flexibility, and reliability of a backup solution, our impression is that Arq has a number of serious limitations. When configuring AWS storage, Arq forces the user to create a new bucket that is restricted to Arq backups only. Also, compression (LZ4) and encryption (AES-256 bit only) are mandatory. There is no option for non-encrypted or uncompressed backups.

With Arq, you must create a password. If you forget this password, then you don’t have access to your backup data. Backup and deduplication are block-level only, and we also notice that Arq seems to lack quality documentation and help resources.

Speed Tests

In our performance test, we took a backup of 40 MB folder containing various types of files to AWS S3. To ensure equal test conditions, we set the CloudBerry to use block-level backup and apply compression, which is how Arq always does backups. The performance test was done on the very same Windows machine, in an identical network context.

These are the elapsed times for each backup:

  • Arq - 1 minute, 50 seconds
  • CloudBerry - 2 minutes 4 seconds

Restore time statistics are not available in the Arq product.

The degree of compression is nearly equal for both products, since in both cases the initial 40 MB of data was compressed to 16 MB.

Major Disadvantages of Arq in comparison with CloudBerry

For those readers who want to get to the heart of the comparison, here is a list of the glaring omissions from the Arq backup product:

  • File backup only
  • No option for MS SQL Server or MS Exchange backups
  • No Linux support (Mac and Windows only)
  • Support for only 4 cloud platforms
  • Purchase doesn’t includes minor release upgrades (any upgrade is 50% of purchase price)
  • Design limitations for IT professionals (no advance settings available)

Significant advantage of Arq: In-app price selection

Arq does have a very nice feature in its Mac version. When configuring AWS S3 storage, the user will see a table that presents storage classes and the corresponding price rates. This is convenient for the customer so that it’s unnecessary to remember plans and prices.

Download a free trial and compare for yourself

If you’re looking for a robust and comprehensive backup solution, it’s important that you test each product directly and consider which features will help you manage backups most effectively.

Free trials are available for CloudBerry Backup — including Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, and Ultimate Enterprise. If you decide to purchase, the price can be as low as $29.99 per desktop license.

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  • Multiple Cloud Storage Support
  • Bandwidth Throttling Schedule
  • AWS Snowball Support
  • Email Notifications
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