When considering the cloud, don’t forget backup

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

If you are like most businesses today, you are either already using or considering using some form of cloud-based software or storage service. Salesforce, Office 365 and Google Apps are leading the charge. Adopters are enjoying the savings in IT maintenance, the increase in productivity, the enormous efficiencies, the 30% data loss, the… wait… what?

Business is ready for the cloud. Survey after survey shows that cloud-based computing is gaining a foothold in the enterprise. But as the honeymoon period for cloud computing starts to fade, businesses are now starting to get a sobering look at their cost-saving, efficient business model.  And some companies don’t like what they see.

The problem stems, in part, from semantics. Redundancy is the favorite word of those who use Google Apps, Salesforce or Office 365.  So bring up the idea of backing up their cloud data and most think there is no need. After all, haven’t we been taught that in today’s ultra-connected world data stored on 1 kajillion redundant servers. You couldn’t lose data if you tried. Of course, that’s completely wrong. In fact, 32% of companies responding to a 2013 Aberdeen Group study said that they had lost data on their cloud-based application.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers likes Salesforce and Google create redundancies, not to guard your data, but to ensure continuous uptime. So if there is a loss of power at a Google data center, natural disaster at a server farm, or other act-of-God type events, you data is safe. But what about a accidental deletion (the number one cause of data loss) or over-written data (the number two cause). In these cases, your data is gone. Forever.

Fortunately, the solution is easy. Companies, like Cloudfinder, provide services where your cloud-information is automatically backed-up on a schedule you customize. So if you find that data has been corrupted or deleted by an end-user, you can simply restore your data to its last backup with a few clicks of the mouse.

Adoption of SaaS is expected to continue it accelerated growth and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, all cloud services from SaaS, to platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) are still considered by some analysts to be in their infancy. In other words, this could be only int he beginning stages. As WiFi and fiber speeds increase and accessibility becomes ubiquitous, it makes more sense to consolidate IT functions to the cloud—including data backup.

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