Times change. Apple’s iCloud became the backup system of choice for iPhone and iPad customers, and even the Mac does online backups. Here’s an easier way to back up to the cloud.
Let me keep the argument simple. If you own a Mac, you need a backup, and there is only one thing wrong with a good backup from the aforementioned apps. Cloud backups. Backing up your Mac off premise, out of the office, not at home has a big advantage in the event of a catastrophic event that renders your Mac into non-salvageable material.
Enter Cloudberry Backup. This is a utility that puts your critical files somewhere in the cloud– from Amazon to Verizon, from Google to Rackspace.
CloudBerry Backup for Mac is straightforward to setup and use.
Select the volume or folders you want to backup from your Mac. Then select the destination for the files to be stored online. Yes, there are more settings, but that gets you started.
CloudBerry Backup has a built-in scheduler so the backup takes place when you want it to. Files can be compressed to save bandwidth and storage. Email alerts are easily to setup so you get a notification of each backup and status. As you would expect in a mature backup utility, files are backed up incrementally after the first backup (which helps to reduce time for each backup). Backed up files can be encrypted for additional security.
Which cloud should you use to backup your Mac? The choice is yours. CloudBerry handles the major cloud backup services with ease.
- Amazon S3
- Amazon Glacier
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud Storage
But the list goes on to include CenturyLink, Oracle Cloud, Softlayer, Backblaze, HP Cloud, Verizon, DreamObjects, and others. But cloud backup is not the only option. CloudBerry backup also handles network or local backups to shares, NAS (network attached storage), mapped disk drives, and more.
What CloudBerry Backup for Mac does is what many of the basic and popular Mac backups do not. Cloud storage. There’s even a built-in retention policy option to created automated deletion of older and outdated files from online storage. The user interface, while simple and straightforward, has a decidedly Windows-like look and feel, but that may be in part to the cross-platform heritage.
Try CloudBerry for free. The only limitations on the free version are total online storage, encryption, and protection; all of which are essential and available in the competitively priced Pro version. This is a good way to centralize your Mac’s backup plan, and get a backup on the cloud and out of the home or office.
Caveats? Yes, but they’re minor in the overall scheme of things.
First, CloudBerry Backup seems much like a Windows app ported to the Mac. Second, notice the icon. Cloud? Check. CD or DVD? Uh, what? You can’t buy a Mac with a SuperDrive these days so what’s with the CD/DVD icon? Every now and again I see a Mac app or even an iOS app that uses the floppy disk icon as the option to Save.
When was the last time you used a floppy disk? On an iPhone?