Data Backup Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing data backup and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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  • A

    Acronis

    Acronis is a software company specializing in data backup and recovery. Most of the company's enterprise products run on the Acronis AnyData Engine that combines many backup features into one engine.

  • Arcserve UDP (Arcserve Unified Data Protection)

    Arcserve Unified Data Protection is a data backup and recovery software product. The software combines features such as high availability, global source-side deduplication and disaster recovery testing in one product interface.

  • Artisan Infrastructure

    Infrastructure as a service provider Artisan Infrastructure LLC offers cloud providers a variety of services and products for building out cloud products.

  • asynchronous replication

    Asynchronous replication is an approach to data backup in which data is written to primary storage and then replicated to a replication target.

  • B

    Backblaze

    Backblaze backs up data that cannot be retrieved if a computer breaks or is lost. The vendor's Storage Pods hardware platform allows the company to offer backup at a low price. A B2 Cloud Storage service lets customers build cloud applications.

  • backup

    Defining what backup is, and the tools and policies to manage it in organizations, comprise a key foundational principle for IT administrators.

  • backup as a service (BaaS)

    Backup as a service uses external providers to deliver cloud-based backup services to an enterprise. It can help organizations avoid costly upgrades or provide companies that lack the resources to perform on-premises backups.

  • backup log

    Backup log is a feature of backup applications that records the events that occur during a backup process. 

  • backup storage device

    A data storage device for backup makes copies of data actively in use. Should the storage medium fail, the original data is recovered from copies on the backup hardware.

  • backup utility (BU)

    A backup utility is a program that is designed to create a copy of data in a secondary location for safekeeping.

  • bunch of redundant independent clouds (BRIC)

    A BRIC architecture stores fragments of data across multiple cloud providers to protect against cloud outages or data loss.

  • C

    Carbonite

    Cloud backup vendor Carbonite Inc. offers a variety of personal and business backup and data protection plans. Its acquisition of Seagate Technology's EVault cloud backup and DRaaS offerings has expanded the vendor's reach to small enterprises.

  • centralized backup

    Centralized backup is a process that involves automatically replicating data from remote sites and sending it over a network to a main (centralized) location for storage.

  • cloud backup (online backup)

    Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server.

  • cloud seeding

    Cloud seeding is a strategy for uploading large amounts of data to a cloud storage service.

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