8 Cloud Tools For Road Warriors
November 27, 2012 11:26 AM Cloud services have become indispensable for doing business on the move. Check out these valuable tools.
A Cloud To Back Up Your Cloud
BYOD poses numerous IT challenges, but SaaS is at least a partial solution. If data protection and storage are handled by apps, browsers, and clouds, administrators don't necessarily need to provision mobile devices to access sensitive documents while on the move. Doing this is still a good idea, of course -- but with encryption surrounding work done in the cloud, the task of repelling threats isn't confined to the device. Rather, it can be shared, or even owned, by the dashboard that controls the SaaS policies.
Even so, SaaS offerings rely on cloud storage, and for some, the idea of leaving important information in a single location -- even one advertised as secure and reliable -- can be unsettling. Content could be backed up to on-site servers, but that could require additional infrastructure investments that some organizations, particularly SMBs, might not be able to take on. There's also the issue of user error. If an employee accidentally imports inaccurate data into the cloud and overwrites the correct information, an enterprise could face headaches restoring valuable information.
That's where Backupify enters the picture. It's essentially a cloud service for backing up other cloud services, with Salesforce and Google Apps representing its largest targets to date. Users simply allow Backupify to access their accounts and automated archiving ensues on a daily basis, leaving on-the-go workers free to access corporate information without worrying about data loss catastrophes.
Plans are flexible. Salesforce storage starts at $50 per month for 10 users and 1 GB of storage per user. Each additional user adds $5 to the monthly cost. Google Apps backup starts at $3 per month per user for 35 GB of storage. An Enterprise Plan that removes data capacity limits is available for up to 25 users for $4 per month per user, and an Enterprise + option allows an unlimited number of users to share up to 1 TB of storage for $990 per month per domain. Audit logs and administrator controls are offered in the two enterprise packages, and all versions boast secure encryption for both in-transit content as well as at-rest data stored on AWS servers.