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What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup is a service in which the data and applications on a business’s servers are backed up and stored on a remote server. Businesses opt to back up to the cloud to keep files and data readily available in the event of a system failure, outage or natural disaster. Cloud backup for business operates by copying and storing your server’s files to a server in a different physical location. A business can back up some or all server files, depending on its preference.

Customers typically back up and restore their data and apps using a web browser or a service provider’s control panel. Cloud server backup is a necessity for many organizations today because they store most or all of their business-critical data and applications on cloud servers.

File backup and disaster recovery is the second leading use of cloud computing among medium and large enterprises, according to a recent Clutch survey. Sixty-two percent of the enterprise respondents use the cloud for this purpose, with only file storage (70 percent) being more popular.

Why Use Cloud Backup?

Safeguarding Data and Apps

By storing critical data and applications off-site, they are protected from local weather disturbances and outages.

Rapid Data Recovery

The data backed up by cloud servers can be restored quickly, enabling a company to rapidly gain access to the desired files or systems.

Reliable Disaster Recovery

Backup cloud services provide users with instant access to much-needed data and apps in the case of a disaster, whether natural or manmade.

Flexible Storage

Unlike traditional backup techniques where data is locally stored on a hard drive or tape with limited capacity, cloud-based backup can be quickly scaled up or down.

How Can Rackspace Help?

Rackspace offers a host of user-friendly cloud backup options. Our backup cloud storage is provided as a per-month service with no long-term contract. Our cloud backup solutions feature:

User-Friendly Access

Customers can schedule, manage and restore their data and apps via our easy-to-use Cloud Control Panel or API.

Cost-Effective Storage

Our block-level compression and reduplication can cut your storage costs by as much as 95 percent compared to uncompressed backups. To further reduce your overall storage costs, all backups after the first one are incremental backups.

Enterprise Encryption

We use enterprise-grade encryption to secure your data before it leaves the server, and it stays encrypted while being stored. Only one party knows the encrypted data’s passphrase – you.

Reliable Recovery

All file-level backups are written to three different storage disks, all of which are located on separate nodes or locations that are supported by dual power supplies.

Backup Options

Choose to restore an entire system, specific files and folders from a given time period or restore data to a different server.

Got questions? Visit our Cloud Backup FAQ.

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