Top 3 Cloud Backup Dangers and How to Avoid Them

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Tip #3: Plan for the Worst Case Scenario

The third and final layer of data protection in a cloud environment is the one that no business ever wants to think about. What if your SaaS provider cannot meet its SLAs? What if the application goes down for 48 hours in the middle of the week? What if your data is trapped inside the application itself? No matter the scenario, organizations still need a way to access their data and make it available to users.

Before implementing a SaaS application, IT leaders need to consider how they will be able to easily search the backups and/or export the data to another database to run queries against it and provide users the data they need if the original application is not online. Planning for the worst-case scenario will allow the business to keep running even if access to the original SaaS application isn't feasible.

Cloud adoption shows no sign of slowing down. Couple high reliability and high availability with minimal IT overhead management costs, and it is easy to see why so many organizations are implementing cloud-based infrastructure and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. And yet, few have the mechanics in place to protect the data within their SaaS infrastructure. Most organizations still mistakenly assume their SLA agreements cover data (they don't) or rely on legacy backup tools to handle new cloud-based systems (they can't).

In an age where data is the lifeblood of every business, companies are vulnerable to costly, irreparable damage if they aren't prepared to protect data within the SaaS infrastructure from cyber threats, data loss, malicious (or careless) employees, and simple user errors.

In this slideshow, OwnBackup CEO Sam Gutmann outlines the top three data dangers lurking in cloud environments and offers three tips for how to manage data protection and backup in a SaaS-based world.

 

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