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Why it pays to effectively backup your data

Posted on 20/05/2016

In light of recent news around Salesforce and their unexpected downtime, the importance of effective data backups and restoration procedures has once again been heightened in the minds of many businesses. This article aims to bring clarity to the Salesforce situation, highlight the reasons why effective backups are so critical, and explain why Asigra is the ideal solution to many backup and restoration requirements.

Salesforce is down

Salesforce is a major international organisation, in 2015 it reportedly held 18.4% of the market share for all Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools following a number of years of continued growth. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based solution is one of the first choices for many businesses who are looking to change or take up a CRM platform and this is why an outage is such big news.

On the 10th May 2016 Salesforce suffered an outage at one of its major data centres which rendered the system inaccessible for a portion of its users. This period of downtime stretched from 13:30 on Tuesday to 9:30 (UTC) on Wednesday meaning a near full business day was lost for those customers affected.

However the problems didn’t stop there. As reported by Business Insider, the outage was caused by a problem with the database and because of this, Salesforce restored the database back to before the problem occurred which happened to be 4 hours prior to the inaccessibility. This meant that 4 hours of worth of data for a portion of their customers was lost with little to no chance of retrieval. This level of data loss could have significant financial implications and depending on the number of records being processed by the organisation, the cost could easily run into 6 figures.

Need for backups

We have spoken on many occasions about the need for comprehensive backups, whether that be for combatting modern security threats such as ransomware, or creating a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy, and this recent high profile data loss just elevates this need once more.

Whilst having backups in place wouldn’t have granted users access to the Salesforce service during the system downtime, the situation with their lost data could have been avoided as their data would have been backed up outside of the Salesforce service allowing it to be restored whenever it was required.

It is important to note that this situation is not unique to Salesforce. In many SaaS solutions customers expect that their data will be protected against accidental loss but in many cases, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) do not cover this and to ensure the highest levels of resiliency an external backup is the best course of action. This not only prevents you being tied down to one provider, it also ensures that should your SaaS provider of choice suffer from any unexpected data breach or downtime, your data will remain safe on an external third party platform.

Asigra is the Answer

The Cloud Backup solution that Onyx provides is powered by Asigra, a leading backup provider which continues to win awards for its cutting edge platform. Alongside the usual benefits such as an easy to deploy and manage agentless architecture, military grade encryption, and rapid recovery times, one of the key reasons we partner with Asigra is their support for SaaS solutions.

Version 13 of the Asigra platform extended support for SaaS products such as Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365 which provides an automated external data backup which can be restored in the event of a data loss. By using an external backup provider you eliminate the reliance on one sole provider, adding a further layer of resiliency for your data by minimising the potential for data loss should that one provider, whether it be Salesforce, Microsoft or any other SaaS provider, suffer a period of downtime.

A number of Onyx customers already benefit from our leading Cloud Backup solution powered by Asigra. We have extensive experience in designing, delivering and managing solutions that provide leading levels of resiliency and peace of mind to the entire business. With experience working across multiple industry sectors, Onyx can showcase a broad portfolio of Cloud Backup customers including Bond Dickinson, The Cashroom and Scottish Athletics.

If you would like to discuss how a cloud based backup solution could be the answer to your SaaS headaches, then please get in touch to speak to a member of the cloud team who can answer any further questions you may have.

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