What is the Difference between Primary and Cloud Storage Backup?

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Primary cloud storage and cloud storage backup – sounds very similar, right? In most ways, they are both alike, but technically speaking, they are quite different from one another.

What is a primary cloud storage?A primary cloud storage is probably what most people are familiar with. This is what would first come to mind upon hearing the term ‘cloud’, when referring to computers. Primary cloud storage can be likened to file sharing programs, as it is used simply to upload and store data online manually.

A primary cloud storage is probably what most people are familiar with. This is what would first come to mind upon hearing the term ‘cloud’, when referring to computers. Primary cloud storage can be likened to file sharing programs, as it is used simply to upload and store data online manually.

There are two types of primary cloud storage:

  • Files are to be uploaded and accessed through your browser, directly through the host site.
  • Files can be uploaded and accessed through a desktop client of the cloud storage provider. An example of this is the most popular cloud storage provider, Dropbox.

Here are some features of a primary cloud storage:

  • Files can be accessed from any of your devices through a web interface or application.
  • There is no status reporting to check if all files are stored in the remote location.
  • Files are encrypted only on the side of the server.
  • Files are to be uploaded manually for syncing.
  • Documents, photos, videos, and folders are the only types of data that can be stored.

A primary cloud storage is great for those who want to share files with friends, for easy collaboration with coworkers, or for giving yourself access to certain data using a computer other than your own. However, there is a risk of losing all your data in the event that the main server crashes.

What is a cloud storage backup?

Unlike a primary cloud storage that you have to manually sync and upload your files to, a cloud storage backup has the ability to automatically backup your files to a cloud-based application. More than just being limited to what files you save to your cloud, a cloud backup can backup your entire computer, operating system included.

A cloud storage backup can do everything that a primary cloud storage can, but its main difference is that a cloud backup provides full protection against loss of data. This means that in the event that you lose your computer or it crashes, you can easily recover all of your data without any limitations. Probably the only feature that the primary storage has that the backup doesn’t is the ability to share files with other users.

Here are some features of the cloud backup:

  • Safely store files for disaster recovery purposes.
  • Easy verification of the backup success, thanks to clear reporting of the process.
  • Great for business purposes.
  • The stored data is secondary, meaning the primary data is still safely stored in its original location.
  • Backup process is automatic – scheduled to the user’s preference (everyday, every night, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.).
  • All types of files can be backed up, including locked files, hidden files, and special plugins from third party applications.

Although its main purposes differ from one another, both cloud storages function similarly. It’s great to have one or the other, but it’s most convenient to have both.

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