Google loses data from lightening strike: why your data is not safe on Google Apps backup system alone

Lightning strikes Google Compute Engine in Belgium 4 times causing permanent damage to customer's data. While Google cloud is the most secure way to store data, it is clear that further security is needed to keep data safe. Businesses are realizing that a cloud-to-cloud backup system is essential.

Between August 13 -17 2015, 4 lightning strikes affected the Google Compute Engine (GCE) at their Belgian data center (europe-west1-b zone). Google has reported that after some recovery operations made, the data on less than 0.000001% of disk space suffered permanent damage.

Is My Data Safe on the Cloud? 

SaaS applications such as Google Apps, which operate on the cloud, are becoming increasingly popular in business' today. Cloud-based systems don't use hardware to store data, which allows employees to access information from anywhere.  Another huge advantage is that because the data is stored on the cloud, and not on hardware, it is safe from physical damage. However, the elusive and seemingly invincible cloud is not bulletproof, or in this case, lightening-proof. 

So, Lightning Is The Only Threat to Data On The Cloud? Wrong!

Besides damage to the Google Compute Engine by lightening, data on the cloud can also be lost or compromised by hackers, insider threat, human error and sync malfunctions. 

Data hacking and hijacking is becoming a common threat and leads to data loss and can put business on hold

Insider threat: 
Insider threat is a top cause of data breaches and is statistically more damaging than external attacks

Human Error:
Human error is the leading cause of data loss.

Sync Malfunctions:
Third-party applications & Devices have full access to your data and can fail anytime.

While Cloud-based systems offer many benefits, at the end of the day, the business will be responsible for any data loss, not the SaaS application.

What Is The Solution?

Google Apps alone is not an effective backup and recovery solution. This is why many businesses are  turning to cloud-to-cloud backup systems.  Spanning Backup is the one we selected since it offers a user-friendly and effective way to backup and restore data. The restore function allows users to find and restore information to the moment before it was lost or corrupted. 

Spanning offers a range of features including:

In order to keep your data safe, whether from lightning, hacking, insider threat, human error, or sync-malfunctions, consider utilizing a cloud-to-cloud backup system to avoid unnecessary cost to your business. 


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