Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Backup vs. Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery Page Question

What’s the Difference between Storage, Backup and true Disaster Recovery Solutions?

The media seems to interchange the term Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup with ease. In reality they are actually quite different solutions for different problems. There is no ‘official’ definition, but I’ll try and pull it together based on the most commonly accepted criteria.

According to Wikipedia:

Cloud Storage:

A model of networked online storage where data is stored in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties. Hosting companies operate large data centers, and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them.

Cloud Backup

According to Wikipedia, Cloud Backup is a remote, online, or managed backup service, sometimes marketed as cloud backup, is a service that provides users with a system for the backup, storage, and recovery of computer files. Online backup providers are companies that provide this type of service to end users (or clients). Such backup services are considered a form of cloud computing.

Online backup systems are typically built around a client software program that runs on a schedule, typically once a day, and usually at night while computers aren’t in use. This program typically collects, compresses, encrypts, and transfers the data to the remote backup service provider’s servers or off-site hardware.

Do these sound similar?

They might but there are some common differences:

Cloud Storage

Cloud backup

Pay per action pricing Monthly Fee
Commodity low grade infrastructure Enterprise class infrastructure
No replication of data Replication of Data
Typically not stored locally but spread around Typically stored together, locally
Slow cumbersome restores Fast streamlined restores due to being part of a unified solution
No Compliance regulations Often required to adhere to substantial security requirements and have facilities meet SSAE 16 audit requirements
Simple file upload only Optimized to support business servers such as SQL, Exchange, etc.
Intended to only store files Built to backup, store and restore dynamically changing data

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