Top 3 Cloud Backup Dangers and How to Avoid Them

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Legacy Backup Tools

Data Danger #3 – Relying on Legacy Backup Tools for Modern Infrastructure

The challenges associated with managing cloud environments may no longer be new, but expecting legacy backup tools to support new cloud applications is dangerous. Traditional backup methods often involve leveraging a disk or snapshot of the server and a subsequent spin up of the entire image if something goes wrong. SaaS applications by nature don't have access to the infrastructure, so everything is backed up at the record level, which means recovery must also happen at the same level of granularity.

Instead, consider cloud-to-cloud backup tools that are designed with SaaS requirements in mind. Implementing application-specific backup tools that can quickly get at and interact with the data can rapidly resolve any issues regardless of where the infrastructure lives. In addition, by isolating the corruption and data loss event to restore only the affected data and avoid overriding accurate data changes, organizations can avoid the tedious task of trying to manually restore data field by field.

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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