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There’s a hole in many business continuity strategies: cloud application backup

Asigra has released information from a recent survey, highlighting the growth in SaaS and cloud-based business application services and the need for more comprehensive data protection strategies to ensure business continuity and compliance.

The enterprise survey, commissioned by Asigra and performed by the customer metrics and research organization, TechValidate, found that enterprises have endorsed SaaS and the cloud as a viable business application platform, with 55 percent of the organizations surveyed using Salesforce.com and 74 percent expecting the use of other SaaS/cloud-based applications to increase. Of the cloud-based CRM applications in use, Salsforce.com showed the highest level of deployment at 23 percent followed by Microsoft Dynamics at 12 percent, Oracle at 12 percent, SAP at 8 percent and Sugar CRM at 4 percent. Of those same respondents, however, only 22 percent indicated that SaaS/cloud-based application data is incorporated into their corporate backup infrastructure.

Of the backup and recovery solutions that organizations have in place, most rely on a mix of point solutions. The TechValidate survey showed that 66 percent of those surveyed have some form of physical device backup solution. 41 percent use a virtual machine backup solution while 38 percent use tape backup, 24 percent have a cloud/online backup solution and 7 percent rely on USB hard drives for backup. When asked what attributes they consider most important in a backup solution when protecting cloud-based application data, 68 percent said a comprehensive backup solution that protects both cloud and on-premise applications is desired, 52 percent said the solution must be fast and highly secure while 10 percent indicated a stand-alone cloud application backup solution would meet their needs.

Concerns over the storage of data in the cloud were not surprising. Of those surveyed, 21 percent cited data security as the biggest concern while the location of where the data was stored came in at 7 percent. Backup related costs, user-related data loss and service provider stability all ranked at 3 percent. 59 percent said that all of these were concerns with respect to storing data in the cloud.

To view the TechValidate survey click here.

•Date: 28th Nov 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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