The Cloud and Its 99 Percent Guarantee

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Cloud providers are continuously updating their systems to provide, faster, better, and more reliable service to their customers. If you dig through the fine print of most service level agreements (SLAs) from cloud providers, you’ll find that almost all of them offer an average 99% uptime guarantee. Market leaders such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have uptime guarantees that are down to the fraction – 99.9% or more. However, like most things in life, nothing is ever 100% guaranteed when it comes to the cloud.

One recent example of this was the slew of service outages that Google Apps users experienced over the past few weeks. Back on October 9th, Google Apps experienced outages where users were unable to access Google Docs, Slides, and other Apps for Work. Just a few days later on October 13th, Gmail and Google Hangouts both dealt with intermittent service outages. The week following appeared to be free of any issues, but the events did bring up a good point. With a cloud provider, on rare occasions service may not be available.

So what exactly do you do? Do you not move to the cloud? The answer here is frankly, no. On-premise servers also experience service outages from time to time, so it isn’t a matter of if you are using computing power and data storage in house or in the cloud (or both). Rather it is a reflection on the fact that technology will have hiccups from time to time. However, there are options out there to help keep your business running smoothly should a cloud product or service experience an outage.

Cloud Backup Service

In the case of the Google Apps outage, users could benefit by having a cloud backup service such as Backupify. Backupify gives users the ability to locate, restore, and manage any and all Google Apps data. Oh and here’s some more good news. Backupify isn’t just for Google Apps for Work. Backupify’s service can be used to protect and secure Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, and even social media accounts.

In the event a cloud service does go down for a bit, and your company needs to access time-sensitive data, a backup service such as Backupify can be used to restore Google Apps data to keep business going until the cloud applications come back online.

Having a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place

A well thought out disaster recovery plan ensures that there are multiple safeguards in place to save and replicate system data. In the event of a system outage or a major IT disaster, the disaster recovery plan can be activated to launch saved instances from specified restore points. So even if a cloud provider were to endure some intermittent service interruptions or go offline for a significant amount of time, your business (and your team members) can rest assured knowing that with the backup protocols in place, data from the cloud is available at all times.

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