IT faces new challenges with increasing use of Cloud and Mobile services

More and more enterprises are fully adopting Cloud based services and enjoying its simplicity and the benefits of accessing it from anywhere at anytime. In a recent survey by eWeek, more than three-quarters of surveyed companies are already in the cloud or plan to invest in cloud services in 2013. Organizations of all kinds can easily implement a host of applications on the Cloud to heighten their productivity.

Perhaps no cloud application has the potential to be as ubiquitous as that of Google Apps, with simple to use email, document sharing and more. Rapid adoption has been seen across industries and in educational institutions — over 5 million businesses have made the switch to Google Apps. Providers of Cloud based applications and services have taken this a step further and enabled a multitude of mobile applications to access the Cloud apps easily from a user's mobile devices.

IT faces new challenges - the ease of adoption and implementation is accompanied by complacency around traditional data protection best practices. And, the biggest risk of all is often human error, which causes 75 percent of data loss, according to the IT Policy Compliance Group, PCWorld. While Google has complete disaster recovery capabilities, they are created for Google’s errors, not necessarily for those of individuals or businesses.

IT can face serious challenges brought on by simple human errors that happen when the cloud allows less sophisticated administrators to implement changes. Errors can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, if an organization inadvertently sets arbitrary limits on how long emails are stored, all others will be deleted from the system. Edits to documents can be lost and the wrong calendars can be cleared. One or more of these missteps can cost an organization eons of time and mountains of money.

Backup and recovery solutions are essential to long-term, sustainable business continuity in the cloud. An example of an enterprise-class data protection and recovery solution is Spanning Backup, one of the top-rated solutions for Google Apps.

The days of software residing purely on desktops and local servers is coming to an end. But to be truly successful in the cloud, IT must evaluate key risks and keep complacency from setting in or else a company’s critical information could vanish or be stolen. Cloud backup and recovery tools like Spanning Backup are easy to deploy and give IT the capability to track domain changes in real-time, allowing them to keep an ever watchful eye on the easy errors that can create cloud havoc.