CloudBerry, known mostly for their S3 explorer for easily browsing files stored on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage, is making a beta version of their new backup utility available for testing.
The new application called CoudBerry S3 Backup will allow users to back up their files to Amazon’s S3 storage service. The product’s features are comparable to JungleDisk, which was recently acquired by Rackspace and adapted to use Rackspace’s “Cloud Files” as an additional storage provider (causing some serious capacity problems just after this feature was introduced!)
In contrast to JungleDisk’s monthly pricing, CloudBerry Backup will be available for a one-time fee of $29, with volume discounts and free versions for students, educational institutions and non-profits also available. The list of features currently under development sounds promising:
Newer version supports copying files that are locked exclusively such as Microsoft Outlook PST and /or QuickBooks data files. Parallel data transfer significantly speeds up backup and restore operations. Command line interface opens the door for the third party vendors to integrate backup product into their own solutions.
CloudBerry Lab is currently working on a virtual drive that will expose your backup storage as a disk on your local computer. In addition the released version will also integrate with Windows Home Server. CloudBerry Backup is designed to work on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. Microsoft PowerShell command line interface allows advanced computer users integrate backup and restore plans with other routines.
If you’d like to give the beta a try, you can sign up here.