What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup is the process of backing up data to a remote, cloud-based server located off-site. As a form of cloud storage, cloud backup data is stored in and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources that comprise the cloud. Cloud backup makes use of underlying cloud hosting environment to store data for security purposes. Though cloud hosting and backup are very closely related, there exists some nuances between the two. Cloud hosting is when you position data on cloud servers with an intent to utilize it to either launch a website or for collaboration. On the other hand, cloud backup is performed for safekeeping business-crucial files, which might later be recovered to bring business into operation after a data loss.

In most cases, the server is usually hosted by a third-party service provider and charges the user a fee based on capacity, bandwidth or number of users. There are also service providers that offer free services to individual users. However, for enterprise users, a fee is charged by almost all cloud service providers.

All advantages that come packed with cloud hosting also accompany cloud backups, primarily because the underpinning architecture is the same. Cloud backup has gained immense popularity in recent years. Small and medium businesses are increasingly adopting it to cut down on capital expenditure on data infrastructure.  Plus it also absolves the need for technical IT staff to manage the servers.

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