The terms “cloud storage” and “cloud backup” are often tossed around interchangeably. Both work by hosting files in the cloud, a network of remote services that can be accessed by various internet-connected devices, such as computers and smartphones. However, each is a separate service with a distinct purpose.
As you transition your organization to a cloud platform, it’s essential to understand the differences between these two often-confused technologies. That way, you’ll be better equipped to select the right tools to meet your organizational needs. The IT experts at Vology can help.
What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage is a data storage service that involves using the internet or another network to transfer data to an offsite server maintained by a third party. By utilizing cloud storage, your organization can securely transfer, store and access data files internally without the need to have physical hard drives on site.
In essence, cloud storage serves as a hard drive that can theoretically store an unlimited amount of data. For example, if one of your employees is working on an internet-connected laptop that has 256GB of storage space available but he or she needs 2TB of space for a project, all of that data could be conveniently stored and accessed in the cloud. For this reason, cloud storage is sometimes referred to as cloud computing.
What is cloud backup?
A data protection strategy, cloud backup involves sending a copy of data to an offsite server via a private or public network. If the original data is lost, the offsite copy can be easily accessed and recovered.
If your organization relies on critical data that could be compromised by a catastrophe, a cloud backup can safeguard the data by storing a copy in an offsite location. Then, in the event that your physical office is damaged or destroyed in a storm, fire or another disaster, any important information that was stored on an on-site hard drive and backed up to the cloud would be instantly accessible – even though the on-site computer would still need to be replaced.
Turn to Vology
Now that you know the basic differences between cloud storage and cloud backup, and how each service can be utilized, you may have questions. Vology has answers. We’re a client-focused managed cloud services provider delivering both custom-managed and integrated cloud services. Contact us to speak with a knowledgeable IT professional today.