Back Up Your Cloud with ‘Backupify’

Have you ever thought about whether you should back up your law firm’s cloud? If your cloud service goes down or loses files, where will that leave you? A recent report from Forrester Research cautions that businesses should back up their critical cloud data before it’s too late.

Now, a Massachusetts-based company, Backupify, is offering businesses a service that does just that, regularly backing up your cloud data and enabling you to search for and restore lost files.

So far, Backupify works only with Google Apps (the paid business version of Google’s email, calendar and productivity applications) and Salesforce, the customer relationship management tool.  It also provides back up for Facebook business pages and business Twitter accounts.

However, the company recently announced that it will be adding support this year for Box, Dropbox, NetSuite, GitHub, Zendesk, Concur, ServiceNow, JIRA, Asana, Egnyte, Office 365 and Basecamp. It has created a page where you can sign up to be alerted when support is added for specific cloud platforms.

I know that some law firms are using Google Apps for email, word processing, calendaring and document storage. If your firm is one of those, you may want to look into Backupify. It will back up your data up to three times a day and then let you either restore files and folders directly to the user’s account or download them to the desktop.

Set up is easy and basically involves little more than granting Backupify access to your Google Apps account. Your administrator can opt to back up all the users of your account or select only certain users to back up. To restore a file, simply search for it and then click the “restore” button. You can also export a user’s data to a ZIP file for download. The export can be for a specific service, such as calendar, or for all the user’s data.

The cost is $3 per month per user for once-a-day backups and $4 per user for three-times-a-day backups. The $4 version also adds enhanced administrative tools. Enterprise pricing is available for businesses with 250 or more users.