Cloud Backup vs Cloud Storage – Get the Best of Both Worlds

June 16, 2017 3:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Cloud Backup vs Cloud Storage – Get the Best of Both Worlds


One of the biggest misconceptions is the difference between Cloud Backup and Cloud Storage. If you ask just about anybody to name the differences between the two, I can almost assure you will get a shoulder shrug or an awkward laughter, followed with I’m not sure. Before we discuss the strengths of each service, here are simple definitions of the two.

Cloud Backup 

Cloud Backup plans protect large amounts of data against loss. You can save unequivocal amounts of data in Cloud Backup with absolute surety that your files are protected under the harshest of conditions.  Unlike Cloud Storage—which only backs up the limited files that you select—Cloud Backup plans have larger capacities.  You never have to select anything on your computer, or put any thought into it whatsoever—just set it and forget it.  Every file on the PC will be safe and secure.

You can still access your data from any device; many services also offer free mobile apps. Arguably, this service eliminates the need for email attachments and flash drives, though some of us (looking at myself, here,) will religiously use flash drives and external hard drives alongside Cloud services just because I’m old school and like to have them right by my side. 

Cloud Storage 

You may have heard these services referred to as File Sharing, which would be accurate. This service is rather simple, though effective, and applicable alongside Cloud Backup services. Cloud Storage services are precise—they depend on the exact files that you manually select. There are two types of Cloud Storage services: accessible and editable. You can allow multiple users to access your Cloud Storage across numerous networks, and if you’re using the Cloud Storage on-the-go, you can edit your files directly from the service. (Similar to DropBox.)

Cloud Storage is preferable for a market of collaborators, coworkers, and colleagues.  It’s a way to gain access to information residing on other computers without having to download and open files from within your own PC.  However, Cloud Storage is generally limited in its capacity;  only the files you select for storage will be recoverable if you should experience computer data loss.

Recommended Use 

Assess your needs based on the information provided above, I would recommend both. If you need to share or access information from other PC’s be aware that most backup services that offer Cloud Storage, don’t allow data sharing.  They focus around Cloud Storage, but their goals are noticeably different.

Here are some options that you might explore:

Carbonite Computer Backup 

This is the first name in Cloud Backup systems. Carbonite offers a competitive rate of only $59.99 per year. For peace of mind, you’re not going to find a better price from a more reputable source. Your unlimited Cloud Storage—including large files—are automatically backed-up without any action on your behalf.


One of the praises of CrashPlan is the ease of use. Whether this is your sort of thing or not, you’ll be able to navigate the similarly-priced service with minimal roadblocks. To get the extensive features that Carbonite offers, you’ll be paying a higher premium for this service.


Has some features that other plans might not have such as Backup Any folder on your computer, Share folders with permissions and Microsoft Outlook for Windows Plugin.  With any backup company please check to see if the features you need are available before purchasing.  


At only $50.00 per year, you’re going to get that “set it and forget it” ease of use. If you’re keen on accessibility and the little features that give you that warm fuzzy feeling when you use a program to its full extent, Backblaze may be frustrating. 

SOS Online Backup 

Second to Carbonite we have SOS Online Backup. Minus a few little nifty features, such as an integrated file explorer search bar, SOS is comparable to Carbonite’s ironclad reputation and lightning-fast backup speed. SOS is an industry-leader.

So there you have it; a crash course in Cloud services. So the next time someone asks, What’s the difference between Cloud Backup and Cloud Storage?  You’ll be equipped with a few bullet points in your arsenal to properly explain the difference between these two great services.

Until Next Time,



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