The cloud exists as a series of remote servers. Various cloud providers exist, offering online storage to users amongst other features, such as load balancing.

Cloud backup enables users to store important files that usually reside locally onto the cloud. With differing levels of service depending on the type of contract purchased, customers can expect to have all or an agreed segment of their data uploading periodically to the cloud.

This provides several benefits:

  • Remote cloud storage is a great insurance against fire or theft. If drives are stolen from an office or a fire destroys computer systems, the data is not lost forever and can be downloaded from one of the many cloud backup servers.
  • Services can be automated, requiring no input from the user and negating the need to constantly remember to manually backup data at regular intervals.
  • Data is retained for as long as the cloud backup provider stays in business.
  • Some providers also allow data to be backed up dynamically as and when files change.
  • Highly advanced encryption technologies are used to keep data safe.
  • Some providers also keep old copies of files for a specified period of time, helping mitigate the risk of accidental file overwrites.

With costs being dependant on the amount of data being stored, number of different versions of each file being stored and data retention periods, cloud backup services are highly customisable depending on an organisations needs. If users can accept the main downside of slower transfer rates when compared to local storage solutions, cloud backup can prove to be a highly attractive option for businesses looking to protect their data.