FAQ: What is Cloud Backup?

What is Cloud Backup?


Defining Cloud

There’s a lot of confusion out there on this term because it’s vague by definition. “Cloud” is an all-encompassing term which means that computing processes are happening on someone else’s machines and servers over the Internet, rather than locally.


What is Backup?

Backup is all about copying or archiving data so it can be restored in the case of a data loss event. Traditionally, tape, disk and other hardware were (and still are) used to back up data to keep it safe.


What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup allows for software to create a backup and automatically transfer it to a third-party solution provider’s data center through the Internet. There is no additional hardware required for cloud backup. Data can then be recovered from any location with an Internet connection.

There are several different ways to accomplish cloud backup. With a cloud storage service, the user is responsible for manually backing up their data to the cloud server hosted by their provider. With cloud backup as a service, on the other hand, backups are scheduled to occur automatically. The service provider is responsible for any issues that arise with backups or data recovery.

Not all cloud backup is built the same way. Some services are designed for consumers and home users, while others are built for business. Service speed and the kind of data a solution can support determine the kind of user a service is suited for. That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate any solutions you are considering for yourself or your business.

Zetta offers businesses peace of mind with high performance, high-reliability data protection based 100% in the cloud. Zetta’s services include award-winning backup and restore data protection and disaster Recovery (DRaaS) solutions.
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