Cloud Backup

Cloud backup refers to the practice of copying a file or database to a cloud-based server so it can be restored as part of a disaster recovery plan. Cloud backup may also be referred to as online backup or online data storage. The alternative to a cloud backup is an in-house backup, which requires expensive hardware investments and time-consuming maintenance but offers more control.

Enterprise-grade cloud backup solutions typically offer essential features like archiving and disaster recovery. Archival tools make it possible for an organization to retain backup data that no longer needs to be synchronized with current versions but could be needed for compliance with legal requirements in the future. The remote nature of a cloud backup also ensures critical data remains safe if the enterprise’s local data is jeopardized by a disaster such as a fire, flood, malware attack, or employee theft.

Pros and cons of cloud backup

Advantages of cloud backup include:

  • No need for hardware investment or maintenance
  • Flexibility to add or remove capacity as needed
  • Data is accessible from any location with an Internet connection
  • Easier to automate backup at more frequent intervals

Disadvantages of cloud backup include:

  • Requires an Internet connection
  • Full recoveries are more cumbersome than small recoveries
  • Less visibility/physical control over backup data
  • Reliant on third party service’s security

What is the difference between cloud storage and cloud backup?

Although they are very closely related, cloud storage and cloud backup serve different purposes. Cloud storage provides virtual capacity to save and access files, similar to a physical storage device like a hard disk drive or solid state drive. Cloud backup, on the other hand, is a duplicate of the data that can be restored if something disastrous happens. To open a file then edit and save it, a user would access the cloud storage platform-not the cloud backup. A cloud backup is only modified when it needs to reflect the most recent changes in a storage device.

Top 5 questions related to cloud backup

  1. What is cloud computing?
  2. What is online backup?
  3. What is remote backup?
  4. What is online data storage?
  5. What is enterprise cloud backup?

More cloud computing articles from Webopedia

  1. Cloud Computing Dictionary: 42 Cloud Terms Defined
  2. Open Source Small Business Cloud Computing Applications
  3. Slideshow: Cloud Computing Security Challenges
  4. Cloud Computing White Papers and Resources for Small Businesses



Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

Top Articles

The Complete List of 1500+ Common Text Abbreviations & Acronyms

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 SMS, online chat, and text abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

Windows Operating System History & Versions

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

Generations of Computers (1st to 5th)

Reviewed by Web Webster Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...


Blockchain is one of the core technologies behind cryptocurrency. Blockchain is a system...

Cached Data

Cached data is designed to improve the user experience when browsing the internet...

CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television)

A CCTV or closed-circuit television is a system of interconnected cameras that capture...