CloudAlly SaaS Solution Vs. On-Premises Software

Why Choose SaaS Over On-Premise, to Backup your SaaS Solutions ?

Comparative analysis of CloudAlly’s Cloud-to-cloud SaaS Backup Vs. On-Premises Backup solutions
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Over 5,000 CloudAlly backup customers choose SaaS Backup for Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce as it’s easy to use, includes free highly secure AWS cloud storage, and provides good ROI right out-of-the-box.

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  • #1 Responsibility for Installation and Maintenance​
  • #2 Security of Solution and Backup
  • #3 Cost and ROI
  • #4 Recoverability From Data Loss
  • #5 Usability, Service and Support

#1 Responsibility for Installation and Maintenance

Who has to configure the tool?   Who takes the onus when things go wrong?

With on-premises backup the onus of installing and configuring the tool and backup servers and thereafter maintaining them lies with you. You buy the tool and then you have to build it and maintain it. Thus losing out on the benefits that got you on the cloud – out-of-the-box usage, zero adoption effort, inherent scalability, outsourced infrastructure cost and maintenance.

Responsibility for installation

CloudAlly SaaS

Competitor On-Premises

Who’s responsible for installation and configuration?

CloudAlly is a browser based SaaS service with zero installation and configuration requirements.   

Just start a free 14-day trial, and activate your backups – a few clicks and your data is securely backed up.

You have the onus of installing and configuring both the tool and your backup proxy servers, repositories, et al.

On-premises backup tools, require you to read through and follow 74 pages of instructions

A considerable waste of your time and effort.

Who’s responsible for maintaining the backup servers?

It’s our responsibility.

Our dedicated team monitors the servers 24×7, and we store your backups in Amazon S3 secure storage. Our SLA includes a 99.9% uptime.

The onus is on you.

Your IT team has to check and regularly update all hardware and software patches, perform regular Intel security fixes, anti-virus upgrades, and firmware updates. If a backup error occurs – it’s you the IT manager who has to contact Microsoft and solve them.

Who’s responsible for maintaining the health of the backup?

We, again!

We also offer unlimited data retention and unlimited storage, so you needn’t fear running out of either.

You, again!

Backup storage is full or low disk space or Microsoft throttling data transfer? On-Prem backup solutions will keep creating backups that fail. Your IT admin has to both discover such errors and fix them.

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Customer’s Verdict

“We’re using CloudAlly. They seem fine. Been backing to about
2TB of mail and 1TB of SharePoint/OneDrive for a year or so now. At the time we compared them, CloudAlly and Veeam licenses were going to cost us about the same amount per year, but CloudAlly was full cloud backup, while
Veeam had us running an on-prem Veeam server to back up our data. With the extra costs for hardware it wasn’t worth going Veeam.”

#2 Security of Solution and Backup

What is the most secure environment? Who is responsible for security errors?

SaaS backup means we are responsible for the security of your backup. With on-premises backup, the end to end penetration testing of infrastructure hardware and software is owned by the customer (you – the person responsible for managing IT).

Security of Solution and Backup

CloudAlly SaaS

Competitor On-Premises

Who ensures that the backup is secure?

It’s our responsibility to ensure your backup is secure. This includes maintaining all security patches and updates of the backup server’s hardware and software. CloudAlly runs on the AWS platform and data is stored in their world class data centers with built-in replication and failover, thus ensuring that your data is safe.

You own the backup servers and are responsible for securing it. Miss an Intel security patch or a software update and you risk jeopardizing your backup. Worse still, as recent on-prem solution breaches have highlighted, if the credentials for the backup server are phished, your data can be breached because of a compromised backup server. 

Which solution has better secure credentials and is audit-ready?

At CloudAlly, security is built into the DNA of our products right from its inception, and we adhere to stringent security standards.

Our backups have advanced AES 256-bit encryption both at rest and in-transit. Our solution is ISO 27001 certified and HIPAA compliant. We offer secure authentication with multi-factor authentication – 2FA and MFA support.

And, Immutable Storage – Object- Lock minimize the accidental or malicious loss of data. 

 

On-Prem offers encryption only in-transit – encryption at-rest is not supported. The secure credentials are not inherent to the solution but an extension of their partner solution’s credentials.

With most on-prem providers there is no support for 2FA/MFA. Your business data security would be DIY.

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Customer’s Verdict

“I also had that concern but the price difference spoke to our decision makers. It has been a non-issue for us and has saved about 10k per year. CloudAlly also saved our entire SharePoint after a crypto virus. We were back up and running within 6hours. Was about 1TB of data at the time. Turns out Israel is a bit of an I.T. security hub.”

#3 Cost and ROI

What yields the highest ROI and long-term cost savings?
With SaaS, all costs are included in one package. No hidden costs!

While on-prem solutions may seem cheaper, scratch the surface to see high costs in terms of adoption time and effort, increased IT Admin personnel effort, external third-party support consultations, hardware costs, upgrade expenses, network bandwidth, and electricity costs, that are not visible upfront. And, lest we forget, continuously expanding storage expenses to add more servers, load balancers, and such, to keep the data available for restore. 

SaaS platforms like Office 365 and G Suite form the backbone of your business, and require comprehensive protection without worrying about storage costs. CloudAlly includes unlimited storage and unlimited data retention. All costs are included in one solution at one price. Nothing hidden!

CloudAlly SaaS

Competitor On-Premises

Installation & Set-Up

Year one install & setup

Major upgrade install & setup

$5,000

$0

Year one install & setup

Major Upgrade install & setup

$7,500

$2,500

Customization & integration

Year-one

Major upgrade related

$2,000

$0

Year-one

Major upgrade related

$5,000

$2,000

Training

Year-one training

Additional training each year

$2,000

$500

Year-one training

Additional training each year

$3,000

$750

Hardware

Year-one new hardware

Hardware life expectancy

Additional hardware each year

$10,000

7 years

$1,500

Year-one new hardware

Hardware life expectancy in

Additional hardware each year

$25,000

5 years

$2,500

Maintenance & Support

Premium support

Support contract term

Price increase at end of each term

$0

1 year

0%

1st yr maintenance & support

Maintenance contract term

Price increase at end of each term

$12,000

1 year

2.5%

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IT Analysts - TCO Lower with SaaS

Total cost of owership is in favour of SaaS Backup

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Customer’s Verdict

Reddit Customers Voicing Out:
“For about 3-4TB of O365 mail and sharepoint, pricing for CloudAlly and On-Prem seemed similar. Difference was, using on-prem solution I had to scope my on-prem backup server to hold all that data, with CloudAlly they provide the storage.”

#4 Recoverability From Data Loss

How easy and fast is it to recover from data loss?

With on-premises backup, you, the IT manager are responsible for backing it up, and thus it becomes your responsibility again to figure out if and why your restore is unavailable. Consider there is a power cut and Office DR burns down. Or your private cloud has an outage. Or your on-prem database is hit by malware. Who are you going to call when the on-prem restore fails? With SaaS backup, it won’t be your problem, because it’s our business to make sure you can recover your data. 

You chose backup for quick data recovery. In your most stressful moments of data loss, you just want to hit the Restore button and have accurate data recovered in a few minutes. CloudAlly’s SaaS Backup means dependable, seamless backup and recovery when hackers, malware, accidental deletions, malicious data corruption, and more strike.

Regulatory laws like the GDPR and HIPAA also mandate demonstrable recovery. With SaaS backup, we help you comply with your regional regulatory requirements, and ensure you’re audit-ready. You can’t put a price on peace of mind!

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Customer’s Verdict

“I’ve had only positive experiences with CloudAlly. Has saved a few of my clients with Office 365 when they accidentally deleted something. It’s pretty much set it and forget it, I haven’t seen it fail to backup yet in the logs. Never had a problem when I needed to restore something.”

#5 Usability, Service and Support

Who do I call when my backup has failed? How responsive is customer service? Which solution is admin-friendly?
Your backup solution needs to be intuitive and admin-friendly for it to be used org-wide. It also needs to be your data protection partner – always there for you – particularly when data loss strikes.
Usability, Service and Support
Users love CloudAlly Office 365 Backup on G2

CloudAlly SaaS

Competitor On-Premises

Who do I call when my backup servers fail?

SaaS means it’s our responsibility from start to finish. Your backups are securely stored in Amazon S3 storage.

With on premises backup, it’s your responsibility as the IT manager. You need to contact Microsoft and fix your own server errors.

How responsive is customer-service?

CloudAlly prides itself in exceptional customer service with a response time of <2 hours. A smaller, specialist organization with a flat structure provides more responsive and customized service.  All our solutions include tier 1, 365x24x7, multi-channel customer support and a dedicated Customer hub

Larger companies typically entail slower support with a longer response time. 

Limited channels with no chat support.

Which solution is admin-friendly?

The backup solution has to cater to the needs of the IT admin hence usability and admin-friendly tools are a priority. We offer multi-admin support, customized permission management, email backup notifications and exception alerts, and billing history is accessible via the UI

We understand that the modern enterprise may support multiple SaaS platforms. With CloudAlly backup you can monitor the backup of multiple solutions with one dashboard.

Multi-admin support is not provided, notifications are only in-app, permission management is fixed, and no billing history is displayed in the UI.

Amongst SaaS platforms, On-Prem only supports backup of Office 365. So if you migrate to another platform – you would also need to move to another backup solution.

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Customer’s Verdict

We use CloudAlly. It’s cheap, it’s simple and it works. Also the support team is great and always gets back to you within a couple of hours. I was sceptical before I used them but I’d never use anything else now. Yell out to them for a free trial. They let us test it for a month for free.”

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In Summary:

SaaS Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Vs.
On-Premises Backup

CloudAlly SaaS

Competitor On-Prem

Responsibility

Why take on the hassle of Installation and Maintenance?

With SaaS backup, after starting your 14 day free trial, your responsibility and risk ends.

Added effort to install, configure and maintain the tool/backup servers. Trial-and-error patchy backup with errors that you have to detect and fix. 

Security

Your data is only as secure as its backup. Don’t compromise on its security.

We take the onus of the end-to-end security of the SaaS backup. Backups stored stringently secure AWS servers with AES 256-bit encryption. MFA/2FA authentication.

Backup server security, updates and patches are your responsibility. One missing update or phishing attack and you risk a data breach because of a backup breach.

Cost

Get the cloud’s cost-saving benefits on storage, infrastructure, service, & support.

Unlimited AWS cloud storage, unlimited retention, tier 1 support – all costs included

All perceived ROI of on-premises backup is a fallacy – with increasing costs for storage, infrastructure, maintenance and support.

Recoverability

Good backup hinges on reliable recovery. 

Just hit the Restore button and have accurate data recovered in a few minutes.

Your recovery is compromised by power cuts, private cloud outages, and on-prem database malware attacks.

Usability & Service

Why overload admins with extra tasks & hassles?

Tier 1 24×7 multi-channel support for all backup/ recovery/tool challenges

You need to contact Microsoft and fix your own server errors.

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Customer’s Verdict

We’re using CloudAlly. Been backing to about 2TB of mail and 1TB of SharePoint/OneDrive for a year or so now. At the time we compared them, CloudAlly and On-Prem solution licenses were going to cost us about the same amount per year, but CloudAlly was full cloud backup, while On-Prem Solution had us running an on-prem server to back up our data. With the extra costs for hardware it wasn’t worth going On-Prem.”

“It has been a non-issue for us and has saved about 10k per year.  CloudAlly also saved our entire SharePoint after a crypto virus. We were back up and running within 6 hours. Was about 1TB of data at the time. Turns out Israel is a bit of an I.T. security hub.”

“For about 3-4TB of O365 mail and SharePoint, pricing for CloudAlly and On-Prem seemed similar. Difference was, using on-prem solution I had to scope my on-prem backup server to hold all that data, with CloudAlly they provide the storage.

SaaS backup of Microsoft Office 365 is the way backup should be – install and forget-about-it. With employees working remotely, you need the peace of mind that your data is securely backed up and you can recover it with a few clicks.

Reddit.com Comments – Jan 2019

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