cloud seeding

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: The CIO cloud blueprint: A strategic planning guide
Contributor(s): Kim Hefner

Cloud seeding (also known as seeding the cloud) is an option an organization can take for creating its first data backup to a cloud service. 

After installing a cloud backup provider’s software on its servers, an organization can start backing up data to the cloud service over the Internet; however, transferring a sizable amount of data to the cloud can take some time. To help cut down the time required for this to happen, some cloud storage providers offer a “seeding” option in which a disk drive or other appliance is sent to customers, who back up their data locally and then ship the drive/appliance back to the provider. 

The customer's data is then copied to the cloud provider’s servers, “seeding” the customer’s initial full backup. Once this process has been accomplished, a customer’s servers only have to back up blocks of data that have changed since the initial seed was completed.

See also: sneakernet, AWS import/export

This was last updated in December 2011

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