cloud backup

Cloud backup and cloud storage: what is the difference?

Cloud backup vs Cloud storage

The cloud hype has blurred the lines between cloud storage and cloud backup. Many providers like it that way because it gives them a broader appeal in capturing potential customers. But clouding up cloud definitions confuses the market.

In reality they are very different solutions for different business challenges.

In the world of information technology, delivering cloud-based services is the next train barreling down the tracks. This ever-expanding, ever-evolving opportunity is moving at a remarkable speed (which is why there are so many aaS acronyms out there).

Even with big players like Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce.com and Google in the mix, there’s plenty of opportunity for service providers to jump aboard.

Certifications that prove cloud security

Perhaps you are looking to avert a disaster, such as avoiding the ransomware attacks that are expected to hit businesses every 14 seconds by 2019. Or you may be trying to comply with new requirements like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May.

Whatever the reason, determining the security offered by a cloud service provider has to be a priority for businesses. Certain technologies and certifications are essential for ensuring your data is safe in the cloud.


We’ve all heard the phrase “time is money.” If you’ve ever questioned the truth of that statement, consider this: 98 percent of organizations surveyed by the Rand Group reported that a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. Advancements in technology make that number both astounding and understandable ... every minute counts.

That’s why Update 2 for Acronis Backup, the recently launched set of enhancements, focused on addressing user-benefits that would deliver savings that went beyond “just” data.

Get Ready to Protect Your Business

As a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, Acronis is always developing or enhancing solutions designed to solve the challenges that businesses face, both today and in the future. So we asked IT Central Station to conduct a survey of North American businesses as a pulse-check on the attitudes and practices of IT professionals, system engineers, project managers and business owners regarding the backup services they require.

Multi-Tier and Multi-Tenant Architecture

Acronis cloud-based data protection solutions offer innovative functionality and flexible deployment methods, helping service providers to maximize their revenue by allowing users to rebrand the service and resell it as their own. This is what is commonly referred to as multi-tier and multi-tenant architecture. It allows service providers to take on multiple customers (multi-tenancy) and allow these customers to resell the service to the second buyer (multi-tiering).

Benjamin Franklin once famously observed “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If he lived today, he might have added “data loss” to that list, since the need to safeguard our data is an everyday part of our tech-infused lives.

Given how digitized today’s tax system is, protecting our tax records is critical. Even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agrees a backup should be a top priority.

The robots are coming, the robots are coming!

Seriously, there has been an awful lot of discussion in the media about the role of service automation and computerization of business processes.  The reality is that through APIs, machine learning, monitors, sensors and actuators, we are beginning a process by which many workloads formerly handled by people will be accomplished through computers. 

At Acronis we believe in trying to leverage our resellers’ existing billing, control panel and system automation software. We have integrated Acronis Backup Cloud into a number of popular industry service automation software solutions like Odin Automation, WHMCS, Hostbill, and ConnectWise, plus we have great APIs for tying into other systems. 

Office 365 Backup is Your Responsibility

Office 365 Backup is Your Responsibility

Did you know that Office 365 does not generate backups that you could actually use to restore lost data or keep emails for archiving purposes? While it may include basic protection, like snapshot and undelete features, it does not create proper backups in other clouds, or on-premises. It’s no surprise that up to 80 percent of companies have already experienced data loss using public cloud services, and you don’t want to be one of them. You need to do a little extra to satisfy the regulatory requirements and meet your business continuity needs.

Acronis Backup Cloud 7.0 Is Here!

We are excited to announce the release of Acronis Backup Cloud 7.0. The latest update of this powerful hybrid cloud backup solution for service providers brings innovative new features, integration with ConnectWise Manage, and many other improvements.