Windows 8 Backup and More

by Jim J
Microsoft recently opened free beta testing for their latest Windows 8 Server feature. Windows 8 Server will include free on-line backup service. Beta testers are allowed 10GB of free storage during this beta phase. According to Tim Greene:

“Uploaded data is compressed and encrypted, with only those data blocks that have changed being sent in order to reduce time and bandwidth. The software runs data integrity checks for corrupted data and any problems are fixed during the next upload.”

This blog post is related to cloud computing and databases in that it shows big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple are developing their cloud computing infrastructure. An integral part of cloud computing is off-line storage of data. Companies will greatly benefit from this because back-up is an integral part of IT that can easily be outsourced to another company.

Tech companies especially Microsoft need to be ahead of the competition in terms of emerging technologies like cloud computing that have the potential of dominating the market in the upcoming years. Already, Apple has set up their iCloud to reflect these new technologies. Its only a matter of time before online backup solutions natively supported by the operating system is mainstream technologies for personal users. Until that day, at least the more tech-savvy customers can play with beta-testing of these services.


Greene, Tim. (2012, March 30). Windows 8 update: Back up windows server 8 to the cloud. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from

2 thoughts on “Windows 8 Backup and More”

  1. That is interesting that Microsoft added that as a feature for Windows 8. People have been backing up their files to external hard drives but it was a hassle for the user that had to be continuously updating those files every time they made a change in order to have a current backup. It’s nice that Microsoft feature will have a current backup all the time without having the user to do it manually, but I believe the key part of this feature is the how it runs data integrity checks for errors that can a raise from uploading.

  2. Yea good point, also to save even more space, backups are incremental so only new files/modified files are uploaded, saves time and space.

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