Cloud backup service protects Salesforce.com, Google Apps data

Backupify offers a backup solution targeted at users of widely used cloud applications and services.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor

Even if your small business is forward-thinking enough to invest in regular backups of documents, server settings and other important digital information, is it properly protecting the records and data stored in its cloud applications?

That's the question addressed by Backupify, a cloud backup and archiving service that helps businesses protect the data that is being collected in cloud applications such as Salesforce.com or Google Apps.

Backupify offers a simple interface (such as the one below) to automate daily backups for cloud accounts with those services. It costs $3 per seat per month for Google Apps and Gmail, and $5 per seat per month for Salesforce.com - or you can invest in pricing based on the amount of storage used, said Rob May, CEO and cofounder of the Cambridge, Mass.-based company. 



"We think the entire stack will move into the cloud and everything will move there as a result," May said.

There are currently more than 5,000 businesses using the service.

Backup alternatives for Salesforce.com or Google Apps tend to be pretty manual right now, said Steven Ley, chief digital office for public radio station KDHX, which manages an enormous amount of multimedia data and customer records across its on-premise and cloud infrastructure.

The station keeps about 40,000 customer profiles in Salesforce.com, which it is now backed up fully to Amazon Web Services daily using Backupify, he said.

"We were really looking for something trusted with low administration and low-cost to jump in. This gives us some assurance and is an important part of our business continuity plan," Ley added. (Because it is a non-profit, KDHX receives a Backupify discount.)

It took the radio two to three days to complete its first full backup of its Salesforce.com data; that was more due to limits imposed by the cloud service provider (which limits the number of API calls that can be made in a given timeframe) than to any limitations by Backupify, he said. KDHX is also backing up its files in Google Apps, including shared documents, calendars and contacts.

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