Five Surprising Stats on Cloud App Adoption

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Access to data when it’s needed is an issue.

SaaS application providers do a great job maintaining high availability of their applications by protecting against catastrophic failure, but despite their best intentions, their apps sometimes do go down and data becomes inaccessible. That data can also be lost or deleted forever. This could occur when a well-meaning employee accidentally overwrites an important document or a disgruntled employee clears out the trash, among many other scenarios.

However, many SaaS app providers do not currently protect against this, and when they don’t, IT can be left stuck trying to find a solution. In fact, 40 percent of IT pros surveyed have lost data within their SaaS applications. More than one-third of those respondents (35 percent) have lost access to data at critical times, 10 percent have lost data at non-critical times, and 5 percent have experienced data corruption.

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.


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