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?


  1. 85% of public sector 'are now using public cloud'

    Aug 7, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

  2. Redmond to hook up OneDrive for Business with Outlook

    May 7, 2015 Jane McCallion

    Integration to arrive by June, says Microsoft

  3. Microsoft reduces price of backups in Azure

    Apr 2, 2015 Clare Hopping

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

  4. Google Nearline takes on Amazon's Glacier cloud storage

    Mar 13, 2015 Rene Millman

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

  5. Veeam helps TWM Solicitors cut recovery times

    Feb 27, 2015 Joe Curtis

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


  1. Private Cloud

    How to securely migrate data to a private cloud

    Oct 29, 2014 Davey Winder

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

  2. How to use the cloud for disaster recovery

    Aug 5, 2014 David Cartwright

    The cloud is an ideal vehicle for keeping your business running. Here are some tips to follow

  3. How to defend against a cloud-based DDoS combination attack

    Jul 25, 2014 Davey Winder

    Protecting your cloud from cyber-extortion isn't rocket science; you need a plan and a cool head

  4. How to connect to cloud services

    Jul 8, 2014 Steve Cassidy

    It's not enough to have your ISP: are you sure it can handle your cloud demands?

  5. Top ten cloud storage tips and tricks

    Jul 2, 2014 Rene Millman

    So, you want to move to a cloud-based storage service? Here's what you should bear in mind

Case Studies

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

    Aug 5, 2015 Joe Curtis

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

  2. Crossrail - managing complexity through the cloud

    May 2, 2013 Rene Millman

    Crossrail is a highly complex operation; cloud was the way to bring three separate companies together

  3. Breaking news: how the media have been quick to adopt cloud

    Dec 6, 2012 Billy MacInnes

    Media organisations have been quick to adopt cloud with several firms reaping the benefits of the technology

  4. Law firm turns to private cloud deployment to drive growth

    Jun 11, 2012 Miya Knights

    When law firm Taylor Vinters looked for a way to expand its growth, a cloud-based deployment was the way ahead

  5. Choosing an... Online backup service

    Feb 14, 2012

    We look at online backup and synchronisation services designed to serve and protect.