Cloud-based backup: Best strategies and practices

Last updated:July 2015

Editor's note

Cloud-based backup is an increasingly popular strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over an internet connection to an off-site server.

There are many elements to cloud-based backups. Hybrid clouds are frequently used for backup purposes because they relieve enterprises of the need to use a secondary data center. With a hybrid cloud, an organization manages backup data on-site for restores with an additional copy stored in the cloud.

Cloud-to-cloud backup, the practice of copying data that is stored on one cloud backup service to another cloud, is another emerging technology. And cloud disaster recovery (DR) is a component of a DR plan that involves maintaining copies of enterprise data in a cloud storage environment as a security measure. Cloud DR has evolved quite a bit in the last couple years, as virtualization allows users to run applications from cloud-hosted instances of virtual servers.

But there are challenges to cloud-based backup, such as the concern that nothing is perfectly secure. And while cloud DR offers many benefits, it is still a developing technology and users should be cautious. With this Essential Guide, learn some of the pros and cons of cloud backup and DR, and receive expert advice about the evolving technology arena.

1Guidance and important information

Learn how to use cloud-based backups for disaster recovery.

2The latest recommendations and strategy

Find out details about cloud-to-cloud backup and whether it's right for you.

3A list of essential definitions

Learn some of the key terms regarding cloud-based backups and disaster recovery.