This is the most basic of cloud services and is offered to even the smallest user. It allows you to back-up your data over the Internet to a secure hosted data centre. This is disaster recovery for the masses – if you lose, damage or destroy your computers or files, a copy of your data is held safe for you. The service is relatively inexpensive and security is usually good – your files are encrypted before you send them.

Things to consider include: can you get access to your backups via the web, how much can you store and do you want backups automated?

Personal cloud market set to reach $90 bn by 2020

News 7 Sep, 2015 Rene Millman

Market set to increase by a third over next five years

85% of public sector 'are now using public cloud'

News 7 Aug, 2015 Clare Hopping

Both backup and recovery and hosting internal applications are the most popular use cases

University of Toronto picks Nexenta ahead of storage stalwarts to save $9m

Case Studies 5 Aug, 2015 Joe Curtis

The software-defined storage firm underpins data back-up for 100,000 students and staff

SpiderOak Blue SMB review

Reviews 11 Jun, 2015 Kat Orphanides

Customisable cloud storage for enterprises at a great price

Redmond to hook up OneDrive for Business with Outlook

News 7 May, 2015 Jane McCallion

Integration to arrive by June, says Microsoft

OwnCloud Server 8.0 review

Reviews 4 May, 2015 Kat Orphanides Andy Webb

Elegant cloud storage from your own Linux server

Microsoft reduces price of backups in Azure

News 2 Apr, 2015 Clare Hopping

The company has changed how it bills customers, adding Block Blob storage-based plans and location choices

Livedrive review

Reviews 23 Mar, 2015 Barry Collins

Unlimited backup but how long will it take to store a PC's worth of data?

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SugarSync review

Reviews 19 Mar, 2015 James Peckham

There are lots of cloud storage services to choose from; Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, but is SugarSync the better business option?

Google Nearline takes on Amazon's Glacier cloud storage

News 13 Mar, 2015 Rene Millman

Rival to AWS’ Glacier launches in beta as a low cost storage option for businesses

Veeam helps TWM Solicitors cut recovery times

News 27 Feb, 2015 Joe Curtis

Law firm can test backups and updates in Virtual lab before rolling them out in private cloud

Backblaze for Business review

Reviews 17 Feb, 2015 Kat Orphanides

Unlimited online backup for Windows and OS X for £33 per device/year

EMC swallows up a trio of cloud firms

News 31 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Looks to drive hybrid cloud strategy with acquisition of cloud infrastructure, storage and data protection outfits

Private Cloud

How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

Advice 29 Oct, 2014 Davey Winder

Ditch the assumptions over security in private cloud, they may leave data open to compromise

Financial sector fears cloud, survey finds

News 9 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Adoption of cloud services in the financial sector plagued by concerns of data loss

Microsoft debuts disaster recovery in the Azure cloud

News 7 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Azure Site Recovery now available to all

Netflix looks to Chaos Monkey to overcome Xen flaw reboot

News 6 Oct, 2014 Rene Millman

Netflix reveals how it was already prepped for Xen-induced downtime

JustCloud review

Reviews 2 Oct, 2014 Tom Gorham

We take a look at the professional cloud storage solution that claims to be simple, fast and unlimited...

IBM opens up Cloud Resiliency Centre

News 23 Sep, 2014 Rene Millman

Big Blue also plans centres in India and Turkey