What is Cloud Backup?

What is Cloud Backup?

Seems like these days, everyone is using “the cloud” to describe everything from storage to procurement. (buildapponcloud.com) So, what really is “the cloud”? How does it work? And most importantly, why should you care. Essentially “the cloud” is a term used to describe a service where the application (the program) you are using is managed on your vendor’s infrastructure (servers and platforms). Typically you can access the application through a commercially available Web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc) or a mobile app. Your files, like pictures or critical documents are all uploaded and stored on numerous servers, aka “the cloud”.

Simply put, it’s a way for you to securely access your files – from any Web-enabled device. Wouldn’t you like to be able to access blueprint files at the job site, show your friends pictures of your grandchildren or show your client the latest contract? Well, with Mozy you can!

Cloud Access

Once your data has been uploaded to the cloud, you are just few clicks away from locating any file with remote access from any Web-enabled computer. Easily navigate, search and find files, view older versions of files, or upload a new file to your personal cloud folder – right from your browser.

Mobile Access

If you are a road warrior, then you’ll love Mozy’s mobile app to access your files in the cloud from your iOS or Android mobile device. Mozy’s mobile app provides you with easy access to view your files while on the go. In addition to seamless and secure access, Mozy’s mobile app also allows you to attach documents, photos, spreadsheets or any other file to your email message.

Cloud Sync

Need to work on the big business presentation from home? No need to worry, just upload your presentation file to your personal cloud storage folder via Mozy’s new cloud sync feature called Stash. You can access your Stash folder, with your presentation inside, from your computer or tablet. That well-deserved raise has your name all over it!

Cloud Security

Mozy performs on military-grade encryption and security measures to ensure that your files are encrypted when they leave your computer to when they arrive at our state-of-art, ISO and SAS 70 certified data centers. With the added benefit of using a personal or enterprise custom key, you can rest assured that no one will be able to access your files – not even Mozy.

Free Cloud Storage

Is cloud backup and storage right for you? Find out now by trying 2GB cloud backup for free. It’s easy to set up and manage – you won’t even have to provide us with your credit card information!

Cloud Applications

Some interesting facts brought to you by buildapponcloud.com courtsey of MSDN.

 
Cloud Applications
A cloud application exists either partially or fully within the Cloud, and uses cloud services to implement core features within the application. The architecture of cloud applications can differ significantly from traditional application models and, as such, implementing cloud applications can require a fundamental shift in application-design thought processes.
Cloud applications can often eliminate the need to install and run the application locally, thereby reducing the expenditure required for software maintenance, deployment, management, and support. This type of application would be considered a Software as a Service (SaaS) application.
An alternative to this would be the Software plus Services (S+S) model. This is the hybrid between traditional application development and a full SaaS implementation. S+S applications typically use rich client applications that are installed on a client’s PC as an interface into externally hosted services. S+S often includes the ability to interact with an application in an offline mode, and sync back to a central service when required.

Core Cloud Services
Core cloud services are services that support cloud-based solutions, such as identity management, service-to-service integration, mapping, billing/payment systems, search, messaging, business process management, workflow, and so on. Core cloud services can be consumed directly by an individual, or indirectly through system-to-system integration.

Cloud Infrastructure
Cloud infrastructure is infrastructure, or more commonly, virtual servers in the Cloud. Infrastructure offerings are the horsepower behind large-scale processes or applications. For large-scale applications, think Facebook or MySpace; for large-scale processing, think a high-performance infrastructure cluster that is running engineering stress-test simulations for aircraft or automobile manufacturing.
The primary vehicle for cloud infrastructure is virtualization; more specifically, running virtual servers in large data centers, thereby removing the need to buy and maintain expensive hardware, and taking advantages of economies of scale by sharing Infrastructure resources. Virtualization platforms are typically either full virtualization or para-virtualization environments.

Cloud Storage
Cloud storage refers to any type of data storage that resides in the Cloud, including: services that provide database-like functionality; unstructured data services (file storage of digital media, for example); data synchronization services; or Network Attached Storage (NAS) services. Data services are often consumed in a pay-as-you-go model or, in this case, a pay-per-GB model (including both stored and transferred data).
Cloud storage offers a number of benefits, such as the ability to store and retrieve large amounts of data in any location at any time. Data storage services are fast, inexpensive, and almost infinitely scalable; however, reliability can be an issue, as even the best services do sometimes fail. Transaction support is also an issue with cloud-based storage systems, a significant problem that needs to be addressed for storage services to be widely used in the enterprise.

Cloud Platform
A cloud platform is really the ability to build, test, deploy, run, and manage applications in the Cloud. Cloud platforms offer alternatives to these actions; for example, the build experience might be online only, offline only, or a combination of the two, while tools for testing applications might be nonexistent on some platforms, yet superb on others.
Cloud platforms as a general rule are low-cost, highly-scalable hosting/development environments for Web-based applications and services. It is feasible (although an oversimplification) to consider cloud platforms as an advanced form of Web hosting, with more scalability and availability than the average Web-host. There are pros and cons for any technology, and a con in the cloud platform world is portability. As soon as an application is developed to run on a specific platform, moving it to another cloud platform or back to a traditional hosting environment is not really an option.

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