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Cloud storage, cloud backup – what's the difference?

Cloud storage and cloud backup are terms that are sometimes used so interchangeably that users are rightfully puzzled. So what’s the difference? Read on and find out!

[Updated, Feb 2020: Infographic added]

If you are browsing online to find the right service to keep your files safe, chances are you’ll come across two terms: cloud storage and cloud backup. What’s the difference and why should you care? Well, besides curiosity and the drive to learn new things, perhaps it will make your decision easier.

Cloud backup

Cloud backup (or online backup) existed way before modern cloud storage and sharing services appeared. Some examples of cloud backup services are Mozy, IDrive and Carbonite.

Online backup automatically backs up your files, data, servers, applications etc. from your computer. Unlike most cloud storage services, which only back up selected files and folders, the majority of cloud backup providers offer full backups of basically everything on your computer (apart from the operating system). You cannot manually add files to your backup. All this data is kept in a safe place for recovery and in some cases, you can also encrypt it.

Cloud backup is a great way to make sure all your data is protected from being lost in case your computer is stolen, broken or lost. One downside of cloud backups is the fact that the data you backed up sometimes isn't that easily accessible when you need it. Some cloud backup services require you to follow special procedures to get to your data - a process which can take a bit of time.

Cloud storage

Cloud storage (or online storage) services are hugely popular and a convenient solution for many users – personal and business alike. Collaboration inside teams, sharing files, synchronization and accessing files easily from different locations and across devices are all great features we can't really imagine living without these days.

The main thing that differentiates them from cloud backup is the feature of sharing files with other users and the fact that files are really easily available to you, whenever and wherever you need them.

Take into account the fact that in case your computer breaks down, the files you'll be able to recover are the ones synchronized to your account and the ones you manually uploaded yourself.

Check out our Infographic for a visual representation of both options.

So what is Koofr then?

You might be wondering now where exactly Koofr fits in? Fair question!

Koofr actually combines the best of both worlds. While it is primarily a cloud storage service with many typical cloud storage features (quick sharing of files, access across devices etc.), you can also very easily use it to backup your files!

Read about how to quickly back up your files to Koofr in Windows, Mac and Linux.

But that's far from everything that Koofr has to offer. We are proud of certain special features and affordable paying plans, adjusted to your specific needs. Check out Koofr's cool features and give it a try with an up to 10 GB plan!

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