CloudBerry Cloud Storage Service Review

CloudBerry Backup is a powerful whole-system solution to your backup needs for those who already have accounts with popular services like Amazon S3, Windows Azure, or Google Cloud. If you want to make an entire image of your PC or server or if you have a lot of files to backup, then this is the cloud backup provider for you.

This backup solution is aimed at personal users needing a bulk storage solution for imaging their PCs or personal servers or at businesses that have servers of valuable information they want to secure on to the cloud.

CloudBerry Backup – General Info

The primary benefit of CloudBerry as a cloud solution is the fact that you can choose which cloud provider, like Amazon or Google, to back up to. This might be disqualifying for some, though due to the added layer of complexity. The upside is if you’re unsatisfied or would just like to move to a different service, you can do so at no charge as many times as you wish.

Once set up, this software is also a no-hassle solution, meaning it pretty much takes care of itself. If you add or modify files on your PC or server, those changes will automatically be reflected in the cloud backup. Just run one full backup and set a regular backup schedule to back up any modified or added files. You can even back up networked storage, such as NAS drives.

CloudBerry Backup- Plans & Pricing

Plan Price Storage Allotment Features
Desktop Editions $30 1 TB, 1 machine and 1 network device You choose your OS. Each additional OS is another $30. 1 year of free updates included
Server Editions $119.99 – $229.99 1 TB, One server and up to 5 network drives Price depends on the type of server. Windows, SQL, and Exchange servers are supported.
Ultimate (Enterprise) Edition $299.99 Unlimited, as many servers and drives as you want Contains all the features of previous versions.

CloudBerry Backup – In-Depth Review

We’ll now take a look at some of the features of this backup solution and analyze them in depth, so that you can get a good idea if this service is right for you and your individual needs.

File Backup

CloudBerry is a full-system backup solution, meaning your whole system/drive will be backed up and synced with the cloud server. If you’re looking for a service to backup individual files for easy access on the go, then this service is not the one for you.

However, if you’re looking for a great enterprise solution to keep your data secure with an offsite backup or the same thing for precious data on a PC at home, then this service is the one for you.

Upon installation, one full backup of your system is performed. You can then schedule regular backups which will only update any modified files and add existing files. So the only long wait period is the first time around, and it will run in the background so you can continue using your machine while the software backs up your data, although it’ll chug a bit. Data can also be mirrored or copied over to other supported cloud platforms.

Sore points of this software are the storage limit for lower tier offerings and the need to already have access to a cloud storage solution of choice. Their website has a list of supported storage services, but you’ll need to already be signed up for a storage plan with these services in order to use this software. This won’t be free, of course.

File Restoration

Restoration is always free of charge with CloudBerry. You can restore from backup as many times as you want. Restoration is simple as well. You just go into the software application and select the restore plan option from the top menu. You can specify individual files or folders to restore, or you can restore everything in one go.

Security

Security on CloudBerry is mostly dependent on the storage solution you’ve paired with the software. Therefore, it’s very important that you research your cloud solution of choice before making the leap.

As for this software, any data transferred to your chosen cloud platform is secured with 256-bit AES encryption and SSL protocols to ensure safe transit.

Advanced / Other Features

Features are few here. The service emphasizes backup function over all else. In terms of backup, data is compressed by the software, saving space in your cloud storage. Restoring to a cloud VM with Amazon S3 or Azure VM is also possible. We already mentioned backup scheduling and the ability to backup from one cloud storage service to another, creating a further backup. You can enable regular deletion of files of a certain age as well, freeing up space for newer stuff.

The company will also send regular email notifications to let you know everything is being backed up regularly.

CloudBerry Backup Pros & Cons

Here are some pros and cons of this cloud backup solution.

Pros

  • Reasonable, one-time price
  • Simplifies backing up data
  • Compression saves space in the cloud drive

Cons

  • Requires a subscription to a supported cloud storage service and only manages 1 TB in lower-priced plans

CloudBerry Alternative Options

Carbonite

If you really need a service that holds your hand, Carbonite’s software will help you along every step of the way. It’s much easier to use than many others. There are also mobile apps available for data access and configuration on the go. Unfortunately, network drives are not supported. You can find more in our Carbonite review.

SpiderOak

As we discussed in our SpiderOak review, this cloud service is a great and super easy-to-use solution that is best suited for individual users. If you find the 1 TB limit a bit too low, SpiderOak is your best bet for personal use. Likewise, if you don’t want to invest in two different cloud services to get CloudBerry to work, SpiderOak is the better alternative. Their security focus will leave you feeling good about where your data is stashed.

SOS Online Backup

SOS is one of the fastest all-in-one solutions out there. There’s no need to buy extra storage and manage that, and it also supports network drives. It is, however, quite expensive and there is a potential deal breaker. File versioning is not automatically done. You need to choose individual files to monitor instead of it all just happening by itself. We talked more about this in our SOS Online Backup review.

Our Verdict

If you’re intending on using this software for just about any purpose, due to a ridiculously low 1 TB storage limit, you’ll really need to use the enterprise plan. That’s a bit unfortunate, but when you consider the fact that it’s only a one-time fee, it’s really not too terrible.

That being said, this service is fine to pair with a cloud storage solution for your business. Individual users can likely get all the tools available here for cheaper as part of the standard package of their providers. So it doesn’t make much sense to use this as a personal backup solution. For businesses, however, the features offered can really help out with managing an enterprise server or server network. You’ll just have to opt for the ultimate option to make it worth it.