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New Features and Functionality are Abloom with our Spring Release for Backupify for Google Apps

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We are excited to announce our Backupify for Google Apps Spring Release (even though our local Boston weather refuses to accommodate our theme). This release is blooming with updates across all plans (Professional, Enterprise and Enterprise +) with increased restore & export functionality, enhanced security and unlimited storage.

This release is timely, as articles about the risks of moving data to the cloud and using BYOD highlight the need for a backup strategy. In addition, Symantec’s report entitled “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud”, confirms these risks finding in their survey of 3,000+ companies that over 40% of businesses using SaaS have experienced data loss.

Backupify’s Spring Release focuses on the needs of large organizations, with new features including:

  • Full Domain Export allows administrators to download a full copy of their domain data, for a nominal fee. Whether responding to eDiscovery requests or satisfying internal requirements with an on-premise copy, the full domain export is a simple way to have your entire domain exported in a consumable format.

  • Configurable Data Retention provides administrators with the ability to set a customized email retention period. This feature allows customers to respond to specific legal retention requirements or internal archiving policies.

  • Batch Import of Users gives administrators the flexibility to upload groups of users they want backed up – for example: by Organizational Unit (OU). This feature makes is easy to deploy Backupify for Google Apps across large organizations, and simplifies ongoing user management.

  • Restore and Export Folder Hierarchy allows users to keep their organizational structure intact when restoring or exporting an entire account.

  • Google Sites Restore gives both end-users and administrators the ability to restore items back to their Google Sites accounts quickly and easily.

  • Unlimited Storage on all per-user accounts enables our customers to scale their protection as the data in their Google Apps accounts grow. We also created FreeSpace to help manage Gmail inboxes as they reach google’s strict 25GB storage limit.

  • SSAE/SOC2 Type I audit certifies that Backupify adheres to the AICPA Service Organization Control Trust Services Principles, Criteria, and Illustrations for security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. This audit report provides all of our customers the peace of mind that Backupify is always striving for the highest standards in security.

Our Spring Release emphasizes Backupify’s commitment to building the leading Enterprise SaaS backup as measured by security, reliability and functionality. As always, we welcome feedback from our customers to identify what should be in our next release.

6 Ways to Live Dangerously

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as dangerous as not backing up your data

Not Backing Up Your Data is Like:as dangerous as not backing up your data

  1. Driving 80 mph on The Death Road in Bolivia.
  2. Diving in Australia’s Shaft Sinkhole without an oxygen tank.
  3. Putting all your money on the craps table in Vegas.
  4. Sky diving in Switzerland without a parachute.
  5. Performing in a trapeze show without a net.
  6. Running with the bulls in Pamplona.  Or anywhere.

Want to live dangerously?  Fine. We just gave you a bunch of things to add to your bucket list. But we’ll be here in case you actually live through it…and want to protect your data.

The 5 (but really the 6) Mistakes Made in Big Data

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Last week, we wrote about the assumed relationship between Big Data and innovation, and highlighted that there is an important analytical step necessary to move from the former to the latter.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a similar insight, that “companies are finding that big data doesn’t necessarily translate into easy success”.  They put out a list of 5 mistakes enterprises make with big data and how to avoid them.  They are:

  1. Data for Data’s Sake:   where companies try to follow the trend of Big Data without first considering the larger goal and objectives.

  2. Talent Gap:   the shortage of employees with data analysis skills

  3. Data, Data Everywhere:  the failure to properly organize large sums of data

  4. Infighting:  internal disputes over which department or who owns the data

  5. Aiming Too High:  the paralysis that results from taking on too large of initiatives

We generally agree that these are mistakes that companies can easily make.  But the Wall Street Journal failed to consider one other very important mistake that companies find out about only after it’s too late.  And that is what we think should be the 6th mistake in the list:  the frequent failure to back up data.

As a backup service for cloud-based apps like Google Apps and Salesforce, we certainly care about the larger topics of data security, data integrity, and securing information.  And with the trend towards Big Data, we’re eager to initiate the conversation about the importance of securing all data (big and small) and backing it up to prevent losing information.

So what do you think?   Should companies beginning Big Data initiatives use their current backup systems to protect their information?  Do you know of any available solutions that can mitigate the risk of data loss?   Let us know in the comments below.

Data Loss is #2 Security Threat to Cloud Data

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Late last month, the Cloud Security Alliance identified the following as the Top 9 Cloud Security Threats in 2013.

  1. Data Breaches
  2. Data Loss
  3. Account or Service Traffic Hijacking
  4. Insecure Interfaces & APIs
  5. Denial of Service
  6. Malicious Insiders
  7. Abuse of Cloud Services
  8. Insufficient Due Diligence
  9. Shared Technology Vulnerabilities

If you don’t want to read the full PDF, Cloudtimes has a summary of the 2013 cloud security report.

Interestingly, the second most severe threat to cloud security is Loss of Data.  And since 2010, it has moved up in the CSA’s rankings from the fifth most severe to the second most severe threat.

Rising threat of data loss

This is not surprising considering Symantec’s poll in January where 43% of the 3,200 organizations they surveyed lost data in the cloud and needed to recover it from backups.  That is almost half of companies who benefited or could have benefited from having a backup of their data in the cloud.

Whether its a malicious attacker, an accidental deletion, or a physical catastrophe that causes it, permanent data loss is a risk that every company faces — and it poses some serious implications. Aside from the obvious loss of productivity and the wasted time trying to recreate lost information, businesses should also consider how loss of data can jeopardize the status of a company’s regulatory compliance.

Since the risk of data loss has increased in significance and severity across the board, we’d like to remind you that it does not have to be a risk for your company, and that you can mitigate the risk of data loss with a secure, automated, daily backup of your cloud-based information – with Backupify. Doing business in the cloud can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be so. Learn more about our research on data loss or take a free trial of Backupify now.

The Most Common Cloud Computing Fears, and How to Fix Them

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When we hear that our customers have concerns about the cloud, our ears immediately perk up. Because hurdles you face on cloud-based apps are opportunities for us to help you overcome. And while we can’t address all of your challenges, we are proud to say that we can help with some of the most important ones.

Here are some concerns we’ve recently heard about, and ways we can help out.

1) “I can’t restore docs & folders when users permanently deletes them”

BetterCloud surveyed 18,361 Google Apps administrators and found that between 30 percent and over 50 percent of organizations were concerned about restoring Google Apps documents that users deleted.

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2) Data Integrity – Ensuring Data Remains Available & True

The CTTA State of the Cloud Channel 2013 study, a joint project of The 2112 Group and Channel Partners magazine, ranked the top 10 concerns that solution providers encounter in cloud sales, and #4 was Data Integrity. Organizations are concerned about data becoming corrupted in the cloud and they worry about the inability for cloud providers to effectively recover their data.

3) Security – Ensuring Information is Safe

This same list ranks Security as the #1 Concern of organizations. The fear of susceptibility to malware, hackers, and cyber-espionage is the #1 reason why companies are objecting to moving to the cloud in the first place.

How Backupify Relieves These Concerns

These three scenarios represent completely valid fears. Losing data is certainly scary, and hackers do exist. Whether it is your users’ fault or an external party’s fault, cloud data can be corrupted or deleted, which is the last thing you want to happen. Fortunately, in each of these three cases, we can help.

Backupify’s core use case is recovering lost data on Google Apps, Salesforce, and other cloud-based apps. Our cloud-to-cloud backup service automatically creates a second copy of all your cloud data every day and allows you to restore any or all of either to your hard drive or directly back to your cloud-based app. So whether your users, the cloud provider itself, or a hacker corrupted or deleted something permanently from your account, you will have what you want when you need it. You can learn about all of Backupify’s cloud backup products here.