The “cloud” can mean many things; it can refer to applications and platforms that are delivered online, or infrastructure services such as data storage and server processing using remote data centers. Cloud services can be provided and delivered remotely as “public clouds” by vendors such as Amazon or Microsoft, or “private clouds” where the resources are created, deployed, managed and controlled in-house.

Technologies that exploit the cloud are becoming increasingly important, providing tools and platforms for rapid web-based application development, distributed network infrastructures and secure offsite data storage.

This paper provides recommendations for how to approach the use of cloud resources for system, application and data protection. It looks at how you may use the cloud as a backup, replication and archiving location, and for providing a resilient offsite platform for enabling high availability of critical systems.