This is the most basic of cloud services and is offered to even the smallest user. It allows you to back-up your data over the Internet to a secure hosted data centre. This is disaster recovery for the masses – if you lose, damage or destroy your computers or files, a copy of your data is held safe for you. The service is relatively inexpensive and security is usually good – your files are encrypted before you send them.

Things to consider include: can you get access to your backups via the web, how much can you store and do you want backups automated?

Your data backup could be a disaster waiting to happen

20 Feb, 2020
Zach Cooper Nik Rawlinson

You may think your files are protected - but could you be in for a nasty surprise when disaster strikes?

Google Transfer Service launched for those handling enormous data migrations

13 Dec, 2019
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Enterprise customers can transfer billions of files at once with the firm's latest tool

Multi cloud illustration on a blue and orange coloured background, with real cloud images overlaid

What is cloud-to-cloud backup?

28 Oct, 2019
Zach Cooper Esther Kezia Thorpe

C2C backup is growing in popularity, so what is it, and how can it help your business if the worst happens?

View from the airport: Commvault GO 2019

22 Oct, 2019

Despite a rocky year, fresh ideas and vision gives Commvault a second lease of life in Colorado

Commvault CEO Sanjay Mirchandani addressing delegates at its annual GO conference

Commvault sounds warning for multi-cloud “new world order”

16 Oct, 2019
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

CEO Sanjay Mirchandani draws from the "scars of being a CIO" to promote his roadmap for the company

Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct review: Capable but limited multi-site backup

22 Jul, 2019
Dave Mitchell

A cloud backup solution well suited to protecting distributed offices but spoilt by a lot of rough edges

Altaro VM Backup 8.3 review: Drag and drop, straight to the top

16 Apr, 2019
Dave Mitchell

Protecting your virtual machines doesn’t get easier than this

Best free email backup tools

25 Feb, 2019
Wayne Williams

A look at some of the easiest to use tools for saving your essential data

Does tape still have a place in my backup strategy?

20 Dec, 2018
Nik Rawlinson

Tape drives may not have sex appeal but they're still highly attractive to IT managers

How the cloud cooled my phone's meltdown

24 Jul, 2018
Barry Collins

Barry Collins narrowly avoids data disaster when his handset gets overheated

Microsoft officially launches Archive Blob Storage

25 Aug, 2017
Clare Hopping

The service is Microsoft's lowest-cost archival storage service yet

CrashPlan shutters consumer cloud to focus on SMBs

23 Aug, 2017
Adam Shepherd

But are backup firms' futures in B2B also under threat from the cloud giants?

Currys PC World scolded over misleading backup advert

26 Jul, 2017
Adam Shepherd

Watchdog rules that advert misled customers after ransomware victim complaint

Backblaze launches cloud backup service for enterprise

19 Jan, 2017
Adam Shepherd

Revamped offering gives admins centralised management and billing

iPhone tips: Transferring contacts and updating to the latest OS

29 Nov, 2016
Dale Walker Clare Hopping

Five step-by-step ways to transfer your iPhone contacts & tips for updating to the latest OS

Redstor saves student data from school fire

Case Studies
20 Oct, 2016
Clare Hopping

Cloud backup service meant school could restore student data within two hours

Data backup is harder in the cloud, says IT

13 Oct, 2016
Clare Hopping

CTERA survey: Backing up data is easier on-premise

Dell unveils cloud-based backup and recovery service

26 Feb, 2016
Rene Millman

Vendor issues a raft of data protection initiatives to protect hybrid cloud infrastructures

OneDrive update adds 3D Touch support

20 Jan, 2016
Aaron Lee

App is also optimised for use with the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

Microsoft speeds up Azure backups

11 Dec, 2015
Clare Hopping

Azure Backup also now boasts better caching and retention rates