How To Retain Your Data If Your Cloud Provider Goes Under

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The cloud computing industry is booming. Many established companies have already made the transition to the cloud, and most new startups use some type of cloud computing. Cloud computing is used in practically every industry from healthcare to government to gaming. But there is a new trend going on, and unfortunately it is not a positive trend. Cloud providers are going out of business at an alarming rate. Even worse, in most cases those cloud providers do not have an adequate plan that allows customers to retain their data from the cloud provider.

The future of cloud computing

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Many businesses have moved their entire line of operations to the cloud. The benefits of cloud computing are far too great to ignore. 80% of companies that moved to the cloud saw improvements within six months of moving to the cloud, while overall, 82% of companies have saved money by moving to the cloud. Over 60% of companies use the cloud to perform IT operations, and that number is rising steadily. According to a Forbes prediction, the cloud computing market will continue to grow at approximately 36% annually through 2016.


Why are cloud providers going out of business?

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A top research organization, Gartner, recently predicted that 25% (One out of every four) of all cloud providers will be out of business by the start of 2015. Why are so many cloud providers going out of business when the cloud business is booming?

For starters, the competition is tough. Smaller companies simply cannot compete with Amazon, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. Many of these startups try to come up with innovative new ways to push their services on customers, but it’s still a tough battle to compete with the big boys.

The other reason is funding. Many cloud providers get started through crowdfunding sites or angel investors. If the profits don't start rolling in quickly, it's very easy for a company to blow through their initial funding and end up going under.


How to back up your data using cloud backup and integration

The answer to data availability at all times is simple: cloud integration and/or cloud backup. If your cloud provider does not offer integration with other cloud services, you may wish to choose a different cloud provider. Alternately there are third-party vendors that provide cloud integration and cloud backup services.

You have three choices for protecting your data:

  1. On-premise backup: On-premise backup is good in many situations as it gives users control of their data in times when no internet access is available.
  2. Cloud integration: Cloud integration allows users to automatically transfer files and documents between different cloud apps and services, providing a "secondary copy" of all data.
  3. Cloud backup: Cloud backup provides users the ability to back up all of their files from an on-premise server an online account to a cloud server.

  • Google Apps is one of the top cloud services, as it provides all three services listed above. Google Apps integrates with many of the most popular cloud providers, it offers superior (and very cost-efficient) cloud storage and backup with Google Drive, and it saves a copy of all files and documents on company servers. Since Google Apps uses cloud-to-cloud backup options, this keeps data secure from on-premise disasters such as fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, etc.
  • Asigra offers enterprise cloud backup and recovery services. The company also offers integration services for enterprise computers, laptops, mobile devices and more.
  • Informatica is one of the top enterprise cloud integration providers. The service has been recognized by salesforce.com customers as the #1 integration application on AppExchange for the past 5 years.


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