Of the IT pros who do back up or plan to back up their SaaS data, 43 percent do so by manually exporting their company’s critical cloud data. This method can be needlessly cumbersome and time consuming. Alternatively, 28 percent of the survey respondents utilize the SaaS provider’s data access API. In order to make API calls, these IT pros have either written their own software or purchased backup software that has this functionality built in — an approach that’s not for everyone given the challenges of writing complicated code and the fact that API calls change over time.
Finally, 15 percent of IT pros use a cloud-to-cloud backup vendor. Cloud-to-cloud has the advantages of greater availability and performance than making manual or API-based local backups and is less costly. A cloud-to-cloud backup solution can save IT pros serious time and money since backups are automated. Of the three options (manual, API calls, and cloud-to-cloud), cloud-to-cloud makes the most sense for today’s IT pro.
More and more companies are transitioning to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as Google Apps, Salesforce and Zoho. In fact, analyst firm Gartner estimates SaaS sales in 2010 reached $10 billion, and will more than double by 2015 to a projected $21.3 billion.
Cloud-to-cloud backup provider Backupify recently teamed up with Spiceworks to survey more than 200 IT professionals and gather their insights on data in the cloud — from the SaaS apps where it lives to if and how it’s being backed up. Some of the results may surprise you.