Why Read This
For years, it has been standard practice to back up your critical data. You store several copies locally for operational recovery and send copies off-site (electronically or physically) for disaster recovery. It's not just a best practice — it's a fiduciary responsibility. If you don't back up your data, then customers, partners, and employees consider you negligent and incompetent. Yet, every day, enterprises send critical data to software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers without any plan for how they will back up the data and restore it. Only when they experience data loss do they ask the question, "Who is responsible for backing up my data?" It's time for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to stop leaving the door open to data loss and start proactively protecting cloud data — before it's too late.
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