Is Cloud Backup Different Than Online Backup?

What's the Difference Between Online Backup & Cloud Backup?

Conceptual image of cloud data

Is "cloud" backup better than online backup? What exactly does it mean when someone says they're backing up something to the cloud?

The following question is one of many you'll find in my Online Backup FAQ:

"I keep hearing about cloud backup - is that different than online backup?"

Some companies and industry experts prefer cloud backup over online backup but they're exactly the same thing.

In other words, cloud backup and online backup are completely synonymous terms. I prefer online backup but again, it doesn't really matter.

So why the difference at all? The cloud is a phrase generally referring to the internet itself and is a bit of a buzzword. Technically it comes from the idea of cloud computing which is a term used to describe the idea of multiple connected computers working together.

Here are a few more related online backup questions that you might be interested in seeing the answer to:

Here are more questions I answer as part of my Online Backup FAQ: