I don’t review products until I have used them…or at least I didn’t before today. For this backup solution by , , I am going to make an exception…or rather, I am going to write a pre-review describing my expectations, and also a review in a couple of weeks when I have used it a little while and given it a chance to disappoint, which I do NOT expect to happen. Why would I “pre-endorse” a product? Because this isn’t my first dance with Cloudberry Lab and they impress me…a lot.
This site focuses on web video and WordPress. Why the backup discussion?
HayleStorm Interactive focuses on folks who are: 1.) New to the blogging/website and/or web video world, 2.) Look for information in Human, not Geek-lish, and 3.) Want to work with a small budget, and…
…are people who, for the most part, have mostly had a web experience that consists of surfing to their favorite blogs, checking email, and shopping. Backing up their system usually is not high on these folks list of to-do items, but now that they are getting into having their own website or blog, backing up their new blog is critical, whether they know it or not. (And really, it is important for ANYONE with a computer.) With that in mind…
Let’s talk about a good, effective, easy, and economical backup solution.
For some months now I have been using another Cloudberry product, (The download is for the Pro Edition trial, which becomes the freeware edition when the trial expires. Personally, I use the freeware…it does all most folks will ever need.), a freeware application for home and small office (for encryption, compression, and FTP support Cloudberry also has Cloudberry Explorer for S3 Pro). The Amazon interface for S3, the AWS Console, is clunky at best and is designed for use by developers and other Geek types, and the other option I considered, the S3 Fox add-on for Firefox was very limited in features and, obviously, worked only in Firefox, which led me to . Given its functionality and ease of use I was eager to use anything produced, which brings us to .
My initial impression was a slight disappointment that was due to my modus operandi rather than because of a shortcoming of the software. When you combine the extremely simple and intuitive interface I was accustomed to in Cloudberry Explorer with my default means of using new software, that is “try to use first, read documentation only if I can’t figger it out on my own”, the user interface had no choice but to disappoint.
(side-note: Given how I first use new software, you should have seen the comedy show of my first attempt at using Adobe After Effects…LOL)
The interface is NOT clunky if you read just a little bit of the documentation first, and is really simple once you get into setting up your backup profile. The setup is much like setting up an installation profile of new software…check boxes and fields to fill in to change from the default, then a “Next” button, wash and repeat, until presented with a “Finish” button. Setup is just that simple. It takes about two minutes to set up a backup profile.
Configuring a backup.
The Welcome Panel is the start of the easy setup, that users will find almost identical to most software setup interfaces.
Cloudberry Backup for Desktop will backup your files to a variety of cloud services as well as to storage devices connected to your computer.
Choose a predefined backup (as shown above) or create a custom plan and name it here.
As with most software installation, you have a choice between Advanced or Simple, and, also like most software installations, Simple Mode will probably serve the needs of 95% of users.
For most folks, simply checking each box here will give the results most want, but if you want to exclude specific folders for any reason, clicking the + sign will allow you to dig as deep as you wish into nested folders to uncheck ones you don’t want to backup.
If the previous panel doesn’t give enough exclusion options, this Advanced Filter panel will allow you to include or exclude specific file types, and will allow you to exclude system and hidden files.
Here you can compress and or encrypt your backup. I suggest accepting the default “Do not compress…” option, but you may call me paranoid, but I do NOT trust the encryption on ANY cloud-based storage, and I suggest encrypting everything you send to the cloud.
We all are guilty of letting old, unused files lay around in our file systems (yes you do, and you know it!) and that will in turn junk up your backup files. Besides helping keep your backups cleaned up, the purge function might actually help prod you to clean up your files, in order to keep backup size (and your cloud storage bill) small.
My favorite screen…the scheduler. The first three, no schedule manual backup, backup on a specific date, or a recurring backup you can set the schedule…are all good options. For me, however, the GREAT, not good, option is the Real-time Backup. Check the box, finish the setup, and walk away…you will ALWAYS be backed up.
If you schedule a backup instead of doing a constant real-time backup, Cloudberry S3 Backup for Desktop will notify you via e-mail when your backup completes.
Before finishing your backup configuration, Cloudberry Backup shows you all of your configuration settings you have just set so you can verify the choices are as you want them to be.
Click “Finish” and you are done. Your backup will run as when and how you have just configured it to.
Is Cloudberry S3 Backup REALLY an economical solution?
One feature in particular led me to when I went searching for a backup solution.
I have used Carbonite for several years and have been happy with it, or, as happy as I could be not knowing if the service actually worked since I had not had the misfortune of needing to restore my data. To me, the single best feature of Carbonite was the automation…backups “just happened” not on a set schedule, but in real time. can also do such real time backups in addition to performing scheduled backups, and at a BIG savings.
At the time of this writing, Carbonite starts at $59.00…annually. It is a subscription service and can go up in price each time you renew for another year.
, on the other hand, is software you buy for $29.99 and install on your computer. It comes with free upgrades for the first year, and annual upgrades after the first year (if you want to upgrade…you don’t have to) for 20% of your initial purchase price, or $5.99 a year.
First year savings? $29.01. Annual savings after the first year (Assuming Carbonite NEVER raises it’s pricing)?$55.01. Yes…Cloudberry S3 Backup is VERY economical.
All in all, seems to be an excellent and inexpensive backup solution.
I’ll be back in two weeks with a report on whether Cloudberry Labs keeps it’s reputation blemish free with a performance report.
of further interest:
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– This article is old (2006), but valid even today.
– A Discussion on data backup for small businesses from Information-Management.com
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