Just how safe is “The Cloud”?

Just how safe is “The Cloud”?

Ever since cloud storage became globally available at prices people and businesses could afford – in many cases, free – there’s been a lot of content online extolling the virtues of cloud storage. You can access it anytime, from anywhere, with any internet-connected device. There’s increased security. You won’t lose your data if the office burns down or your laptop gets stolen.

All of the above is true. Less accurate is the widely-held assumption that if data gets deleted or compromised, it can be restored. This is not always the case, and it’s why if your business is using a Software as a Service (SaaS) application, you still need to take steps to ensure your data is properly backed up.

It’s true that storing data in the cloud is safer than using systems on your business premises. But ‘safe’ does not mean ‘invulnerable’. In fact, one third of SaaS users report losing data in the cloud.

So how much can you trust your SaaS provider? We’ve put together a guide that looks at three of the world’s premier SaaS applications (Google Apps, Office 365, and Salesforce) to highlight how they are (and aren’t) protecting your data.

The eBook covers four key areas:
  1. How data is being protected
    We look at what each of our three SaaS providers to do protect your data.
  2. How data is recovered
    Every provider has a different way of doing this, including what they charge.
  3. Recovery limitations
    No recovery process is limitless. Again, it depends on the cloud provider you’ve gone with, but it’s important to remember that there are no guarantees about recovery.
  4. Recovery time
    The time it takes to recover data from the cloud varies app to app. For Google Apps, O365 and Salesforce, it can take anywhere from minutes to weeks to longer.
  5. So what’s the answer when it comes to making sure your data is as safe as possible? The eBook offers advice around cloud-to-cloud backup solutions, which offer benefits such as:

    • Removing recovery limitations – businesses are no longer limited to just a few weeks or months of data.
    • Quicker recovery times

    If you’re leveraging SaaS applications, make sure you’re treating the data just as you do your on-premise data: by backing up. It’s a standard practice that needs to be implemented wherever your business data lives. After all, the more you do business in the cloud, the more you have to lose.

    Find out more by downloading our free Ebook.