CloudBerry Manages CloudFront Content, Offers Online Backup
CloudBerry Lab (news, site), a young player in the cloud computing game, has just announced some updates for helping users manage and backup their files in their Amazon S3 accounts

Managing the Data

CloudBerry Explorer v1.7 is designed to help users without much technical knowledge painlessly navigate through their own information. By bridging the gap between local storage spaces and the Cloud, CloudBerry Explorer enables Amazon S3 to become an extension of a user’s repository. This way, the user gets a major space upgrade and the movement of files between memory banks is reportedly much easier.

Backing it up

And while you’re happily moving your data back and forth between the Cloud and your local server, CloudBerry Labs wants to ensure that there’s no chance of things going awry.

After installation and configuration, CloudBerry Backup S3 1.0 tool backs up your junk whenever you schedule it to, automating the process. Additionally, as a user creates more files, CloudBerry Backup will automatically pick up the new ones and copy them to backup storage, as well as recognize modified files and save them as new versions. This way a user will be able to restore a file to different points of time in its file life.

Most often the next question is about privacy, and for this CloudBerry also has an answer. Amazon recently added a feature to CloudFront for controlling who has access to a user’s files. CloudBerry’s Explorer v1.7 plays off of this by allowing non-programmers to configure their CloudFront origin access identity, secure private content in Amazon S3, create policy documents and sign requests and generate secure URLs.

Both of the new solutions are designed to work on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. CloudBerry S3 Backup 1.0 will run you US$ 29.99 for a single-user license and CloudBerry Explorer 1.7 is a freeware. However, if you’re in the mood for more bells and whistles, the PRO version costs US $39.99.

…And Beyond

CloudBerry Lab is knee-deep in other projects as well, including a virtual drive that will expose backup storage as a disk on a user’s local computer. Let’s keep a lookout for that one.