SearchStorage.com recently named cloud-to-cloud backup a Hot Technology for 2017. According to the article, cloud-to-cloud backup will become “the norm by 2018.” It goes on to say that cloud-to-cloud backup is essential for protecting data created in SaaS applications, citing a May 2015 Salesforce outage which prevented customers from accessing their data for several hours.
On one hand, it’s great news that cloud-to-cloud adoption continues to rise. Backupify has been in the cloud backup game since 2008 and is widely regarded as a leader in the market. On the other, it’s a little disheartening that many still don’t grasp the importance of protecting SaaS application data.
For too long there has been a misconception that data protection is unnecessary for data in SaaS applications. For some reason, people assume that because their data is in a cloud application, there is no need for data protection. This, of course, is not true. Data in SaaS apps is just as vulnerable to accidental deletion and corruption as on-premises data. Many companies assume that SaaS providers conduct backups of user data. Unfortunately, that’s only halfway true.
SaaS providers do perform routine data backups, but they are for their own purposes. In other words, they won’t lose your data, but that doesn’t mean they’ll restore it if you lose it. Considering human error is the leading cause of data loss, that’s a big issue. Some providers will perform restores, but it’ll cost ya. I’m looking at you Salesforce.com. Others really don’t have anything to offer. Ransomware on Google Drive? “Best of luck to you,” my friend. According to Datto’s State Of The Channel Ransomware Report, ransomware is targeting cloud-based applications as well as those managed in-house. 35 percent of IT service providers, reported seeing ransomware in the cloud particularly in Dropbox, Office 365 and Google Apps.
“As an internet-based software delivery model, SaaS has become a major option for businesses looking to remove the overhead of providing a range of IT services (e.g., email, collaboration, CRM and so on) themselves. So, as SaaS grows and serious work moves to the cloud, more organizations are recognizing the value of cloud-to-cloud backup,” said Jim O’Reilly, an IT consultant quoted in the SearchStorage.com article.
With Backupify, setup and management are simple and straightforward. Users can easily protect Office 365, Google Apps and Salesforce data in the secure Datto Cloud, and restore lost or corrupted objects via its intuitive admin interface. Automated backups can be created up to three times daily, and additional backups can be created on demand. Users can restore single files, objects or complete accounts.
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