What is Online Backup?
Before we can describe online or cloud backup, let’s explain the cloud. The cloud is a catch-all phrase used to describe a physical infrastructure — a network of secure computers and storage located in a data center that is owned and operated by a cloud provider. There are many clouds – both publicly and privately owned. And, there are many cloud providers — both large and small companies — which include cloud giants such as Amazon and Google, mid-sized providers such as Acronis, and small organizations that provide cloud services to companies or individuals in specific regional or local geographies.
Regardless of size, a cloud provider’s infrastructure can be made available for a fee to other companies and individuals to securely run applications, back up data, and store data. These services are variously described by the industry as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), or Platform as a Service (PaaS). One advantage to using these cloud services is that companies and individuals do not need to invest in their own hardware or manage technical issues — such as configuring hardware, loading software, securing data. Consequently, time commitment and costs are lower.
With online backup, you do not need to buy an external hard drive or flash drive to store your backups, but instead store your backups in a cloud infrastructure over a network connection.