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SaaS Data Loss: Your Online Data Isn’t Safe.

SaaS Data Loss – The Possibility Exists

Your organization might have important data stored in the cloud. From important statistics to data required for daily needs, your organization might rely heavily on the cloud for its day-to-day work. However, what if this data stored in the cloud is lost? Getting a cloud provider for storing your applications and data might just not be enough. Having a cloud provider for your application and service does not mean that you are protected from ALL types of data loss and actually you are much more vulnerable than you were when you worked on-premise. SaaS Data Loss is an issue for most organisations.


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Possible reasons for data loss in cloud

Here is a look at some of the possible reasons for data loss in cloud.

1. The data center of your Cloud system won’t always retrieve your data

Spiceworks study reported that over 45 percent of respondents had reported data loss in their organization. Fourteen percent of those respondents said that they were unable to retrieve the valuable information they had lost. This is a common misconception. The data center of your SaaS provider won’t always retrieve your data.

2. Viruses

You don’t need a virus running rampant on your PC. While an antivirus program is a necessity and might help you ward off threats, your cloud data can still be taken for a ride if there is a malicious virus that manages to thrive on your system.

3. Phishing

A recent invention, phishing enables hackers to access your system and cloud data. If you click on a fraudulent link (that actually looks reliable), your data might be compromised and easily available to hackers. An ideal example is the Gmail Phishing Scam.

4. User error

User error is also one of the biggest reasons for data loss. Reportedly, Google has never lost any app data.If you are using the cloud; you need to be careful that the data has synced. Users makes mistakes, unitentionally, or even on purpose – mistakes which can be noticed only later, a lot later after it can be fixed.

5. Third-party applications

You might be using Google everywhere, but do remember that the apps you use in Google may have bugs. Protection from data loss is not guaranteed when using a third-party application to store data. Data loss is more likely to occur when there is syncing between a number of devices at the same time.

Statistics about Cloud-to-Cloud Data Loss

  • The Symantec 2013 report titled “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud” states that nearly 66 percent of organizations experience recovery failure. Thirty-seven percent of SMBs had experienced data loss from the cloud.
  • The Aberdeen Group’s report “SaaS Data Loss: The Problem You Didn’t Know You Had” also stated that nearly 32 percent of companies surveyed had experienced data loss in the cloud. That’s not all. The Boston Computing Network’s Data Loss Statistics gives a frightening statistic: Sixty percent of the companies that experienced data loss shut down within six months.

Companies Using Cloud-to-Cloud Backup

More than 37 percent of organizations in the U.S back up virtual, physical, and cloud-based servers, a report states. The American Enterprise Bank is one such organization to use cloud-to-cloud backup. The bank was earlier using tape-based backup but saw that it fell short when it came to providing security and being on time. Replacing their old, inefficient system with a good cloud-to-cloud backup infrastructure seemed the right way to go. Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP is a law firm that has gone the same way. It has also replaced its old,tape-based backup systems with the new backup and recovery solutions. As an intellectual property law firm, data is an asset for them and something they cannot bear to lose.

Conclusion

If you are an organization solely relying on SalesforceOffice 365 and Google Apps to save all your data, be aware. First, there are many ways to lose data. In addition, within a big organization, you have tons of users and team members handling cloud accounts. Thus, the probability of a mistake happening is not that low. You need to have a secure cloud-to-cloud backup system that stores all the organizational information for you to access and retrieve anytime, anywhere.

SaaS providers as Office 365 and Google Apps, store your deleted data for only 30-90 days and do not protect you from any malicious attacks. You will not be able to get any data after that  period, and these are not ideal backup solutions that you can rely on.

Similarly, Salesforce doesn’t offer automatic backup options, and if you are a Salesforce admin,you would know that the data backup process is not satisfactory. You can request a weekly export of data to backup for a certain fee, but that’s weekly and much can happen in a week’s time for an organization. Moreover, some users can enter the data in the same field, which can result in conflict and incorrect data.

To avoid such hassles, you need fully automated daily cloud to cloud backups like CloudAlly to protect your online data. Having a cloud-to-cloud backup ensures that your cloud data is backed up on SaaS/PaaS clouds or your own data center. It stores data in an encrypted form, and only authorized personnel can access it. That’s 100% SAFE. Start to backup your cloud account with a Free 14 day trial.


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Google Apps or Office 365?

G Suite / O365:

After being a faithful Microsoft customer for years, is it time to switch over to Google when choosing between Office 365 and Google Apps? As a business owner, what do you trust more—the age-old wisdom and IT expertise of Microsoft or the innovative skills and service providing ability of Google? Google Apps or Office 365 – a tough choice.

The questions are aplenty, and as business owners, it is important to have answers that help you make a decision. The requirements for cloud services are only increasing everyday, and with Microsoft and Google being the top service providers, you need to determine which one would best suit your storage needs. Read more

Australia Amazon Data Center

CloudAlly News – Australia Amazon Data Center, ISO Certification & Unlimited Storage

We are happy to announce that in addition to the Amazon U.S and E.U. data centers, you can now select the Amazon Australian datacenter for CloudAlly archive storage. This ensures that your data is in the appropriate physical location to address data privacy regulation.
You can contact support@cloudally.com to request a specific data center.

Amazon Data Center – ISO 27001 Certification

We’re also pleased to announce that we have achieved ISO 27001 certification, an internationally recognized accreditation for information security management. This certification recognizes CloudAlly’s ongoing commitment to secure cloud backup services by strict adherence to industry standard best practices. To achieve ISO 27001 certification, companies must strictly adhere to a number of disciplines including compliance, risk management, business continuity and security. This includes the design and implementation of extensive security controls and ongoing management of the process to maintain continued compliance. Read more

Outlook vs. Gmail – Guide

Outlook vs. Gmail

A Comparative Guide for Your Business Needs

Google and Microsoft have been ruling the email service industry for quite some time now and they have come up with a Outlook vs. Gmaillot of variant features with their own pros and cons. However, most of the businesses use them without even comparing their features and benefits. After all, why would you bother to compare and switch when you are already comfortable with the one you use? Outlook vs. Gmail what is the choice?


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Weighing the different features of Outlook and Gmail and their benefits would help you understand if you are on the right track or you need to shift. This article is going to help you with choosing the right email product for your business by comparing the different features of both Microsoft Outlook and Gmail.

Pricing

As a business user you need to pay $60-$120 per user per year for an extended version of Gmail along with its associated apps. You can get it at a discounted rate of $50 per user per year if you commit to a fixed number of accounts.

At the higher price point of $120/user/year, you get Vault with some exclusive additional features like retention policies, email and chat archiving, e-discovery, legal hold ability, export feature and audit.

Office365 Small Business Outlook comes at a price of $48-$96 per user per year if you don’t need the Office suite.

Offline Email Access

Accessing email is an inevitable part of our daily routine and you cannot afford to ignore this as a selection criterion for your business.

Outlook provides offline email access feature which enables you to work on your email even when the Internet is not connected. You can read and respond to your emails offline and as soon as the Internet connection gets re-established, your emails will be sent automatically.

With Gmail offline email feature, you can only access last month’s emails when there is no Internet connection. Also, you can access Gmail offline on Safari and Google Chrome browsers only. With Outlook, there is no such restriction.

Administration

If your business calendar is always filled with meetings, then Outlook should play a key role in administering it. Outlook enables you schedule resources like projectors, conference or meeting rooms by adding them as a resource to your meeting. The resource then acts like any attendee like checking the availability for meeting along with the ability to auto-respond to the meeting invite.

With Gmail, administering your meeting involves multiple processes like setting up primary and secondary calendars.

Online Apps Access

Another winning feature is that on Outlook you can view, share and edit MS Office documents using Office Web Apps which you cannot do with Gmail.

Storage Space

Storage space is highly important for any business and a critical factor to choose your email product.

Outlook provides free unlimited storage, which means your storage capacity grows with your inbox. You can attach any file up to 100 MB and if you link your file to OneDrive, you can attach files up to 300 MB.

Gmail comes with 15 GB of free storage and if you integrate your mail with Google Drive, you can email files up to 10 GB.

Security

Well, undoubtedly security is a major concern for any business and Outlook and Gmail both emphasize on the same.

Gmail and Outlook both offer two-factor authentication where the users need to enter a code sent to their mobile devices to validate access to their account. It is important to use it for any online account so that you don’t get hacked.

You can also go in for end-to-end data encryption to make your email more secure. While Gmail offers third party support to enable this, Outlooks lacks this feature.

Although, Gmail and Outlook both focus on ensuring a strong check on SPAM control, but one of the good features Outlook has is its ability to handle newsletter messages.  Outlook automatically adds an unsubscribe button to them even if the email doesn’t include it on its own.

As you have seen both Gmail and Outlook have their own pros and cons and what suits your company best solely depends on your requirement. Although, there are more features to compare but as a business you should look at these major parameters while choosing an email product for you. For example, if you are considering Microsoft Outlook, you should also look into Office 365 (which is online, like gmail). You might want to compare Gmail capabilities (Google Apps)  to office 365, and read about Office 365 vs Google Apps, pros and cons.

It is not just about selecting the right email product but rather about making sure your email data is safe, secure and backed up properly so that you don’t lose it when you need it the most. Most businesses are only concerned about backing up their hard drive data and not emails (or backing up their online data in general). In fact they are not even aware that it’s MUST.  It’s a common misconception and source of confusion for many SaaS users. Microsoft , just like Google and others has built in redundancy and backups in all of their data centers, but there backups are for internal data center recovery only, and not available to customers for restoring their data in the event of accident or malicious data loss. Once data is automatically or manually purged from the recycle bin the data is lost forever. Interesting, right? If you want to learn more about it, read our special overview  “Why backup online data”… Otherwise, make use of a Free 14 day trial.


Now that you know the differences between Outlook and Gmail, you might want to have a look at this datasheet we created for you…

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It’s World Backup Day

Data backup on cloud …

Have you ever been the scapegoat of an April fool joke? Must be, right? Or maybe you are so smart that you evaded being the target?

from www.worldbackupday.com

Unfortunately, this is the case with a lot of people playing with data every day and to address this exact issue, a  couple of reddit users took a wonderful independent initiative by making 31st March the World Back Up Day – a day to increase the awareness among people like you and me about the importance of regular backups, with an interesting tagline “Don’t be an April Fool.”

Of course, we shouldn’t think about backing up our data only once in a year but it works as a reminder that all of us should focus and make or review our back up strategy.

Let’s look at some stats to get a feel of how important backups can be. Read more

Google Apps Enterprise Backup

Google Apps Enterprise Backup

Over 4 million businesses are now using Google Apps and companies of all sizes continue to migrate to Google as an alternative to on-premise solutions. Often times this includes multiple domains to manage a variety of unique brands, geographic locations or business units across the enterprise.

As part of this migration, it’s important to implement a comprehensive backup solution to ensure that user data across all domains can be quickly recovered in the event of data loss. Google has some of the finest disaster recovery procedures in the world, but can do very little to recover user data that has been accidentally (or maliciously) deleted, altered or otherwise corrupted.

And it’s not only a backup solution that needs to be considered, but the ability to manage employee transfers across business units and archive user data when an employee leaves the company. CloudAlly’s enterprise level Google Apps backup service addresses these requirements and more. Read more