BaaS – A cloud-based backup service for better data security

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Why is Backup as a Service (BaaS) important?

Backup as a Service (BaaS) is a cloud subscription-based data archival approach that overcomes the data security, cost, and maintenance hassles of on-premises servers. BaaS is highly preferred for the archival of Microsoft 365, OneDrive for Business, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online data and ensures seamless data scalability.  

Recently, BaaS has emerged as a necessary add-on to SaaS applications for several reasons.  SaaS applications are prone to hacking, insider attacks, and other malicious attacks, resulting in data losses.  A recent survey revealed that 60% of organizations that faced critical data losses shut down within a span of 6 months.  Many enterprises have now integrated their SaaS applications with BaaS options as a data loss prevention measure.  Included in most enterprise Data Recovery Plans (DRPs), BaaS ensures seamless business continuity, reduced downtimes, and prevention of reputation loss.  There’s no dearth of Backup-as-a-Service options to consider. 

Parablu BaaS, recommended by several businesses, has emerged as a highly scalable, secure, and cost-effective data management option – with a host of benefits that offer greater value as compared with alternatives.  

Parablu’s BaaS – Superior Features and Benefits 

Built on the foundation of a patented data protection technology, Parablu’s BaaS is an enterprise-class data backup solution hosted and managed in the cloud.  It seamlessly integrates with existing Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace subscriptions and demands no additional hardware investments.  

Several factors differentiate the Parablu BaaS from market variants, making it a trusted data security solution for many enterprises worldwide today.

Key Differentiators 

  • Any File, Any Folder  

The Parablu BaaS archives all enterprise data irrespective of size, name, type (includes even PST files), imposing no limitations, unlike many similar backup solutions.  It has become a preferred data archival solution for Microsoft 365 workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and OneDrive for Business.

  • Full and Incremental backups 

After an initial full backup of enterprise data, Parablu BaaS eventually copies only changed data.  This makes for optimized storage and network usage.  

  • Policy-based management  

Built Parablu BaaS enables you to define backup policies aligned with enterprise data security needs.  Schedules, folder and file type exclusions, versioning – and a host of other configurable options can be controlled via these policies.  The product ensures complete customer autonomy over backup and data restore activities with no dependency on the cloud vendor.  

  • Network and CPU Throttling  

By enabling Parablu’s network and CPU throttling capabilities, administrators can ensure that the end-user experience is not impacted.  

  • Amplified Data Security  

Parablu BaaS employs a range of data protection techniques such as industrial strength encryption, segregation of duties, and data shredding to enforce data immutability.  Data is encrypted both during transit and at rest.  Parablu BaaS uses AES-256bit encryption to protect data at rest and leverages TLS 1.2 with strong ciphers for data in flight.  All data transfers utilize only port 443 for enterprise data communication and do not require the opening of additional ports. 

  • Helps stay regulatorily compliant 

Parablu BaaS has extensive, built-in audit-ready reports that can be shared with auditors or external authorities to adhere to regulatory guidelines such as SOX, HIPAA, and GDPR. 

  • Ransomware Protection  

Parablu BaaS helps put ransom concerns to rest.  Parablu BaaS ensures a copy of critical data is always available and even allows administrators to perform point-in-time restores from a period before the ransomware attack.   

  • Centralized Management  

The application’s intuitive, easy-to-use console gives administrators a comprehensive view of enterprise data management activity, registered users, and devices.  Choose what to back up, customize data protection, and perform data restores easily.

  • Scalability  

Parablu BaaS helps do away with hardware expenditures that don’t scale with your needs.  The solution’s built-in elasticity, redundancy, and failover abilities make it ideal for enterprises with a global workforce.  Parablu BaaS also helps implement data sovereignty and location-tethering security controls for geo-restricted, authorized access. 

  • Cloud-storage Agnostic

Parablu BaaS can be seamlessly integrated with a range of cloud storage targets such as Microsoft OneDrive / Azure, Google Drive / GCP, Amazon S3, IBM Object storage, and several others.  It overcomes the typical vendor lock-in limitations of other BaaS applications. 

“Parablu BaaS has built-in elasticity, redundancy, and failover abilities making it ideal for enterprises with a global distributed and remote workforce.”

Benefits of Backup as a Service (BaaS) 

With so much said about the benefits of the Parablu BaaS, let us understand the cost, effort and time savings that BaaS brings to the table. 

  • Convenience  

BaaS applications auto-update the latest information additions and require no manual intervention.  They are also safer archival options since the data is encrypted, unlike local storage.  Offloading to a cloud-based model eliminates data management hassles and enables information security officers to focus on business operations.  

  • Safety 

Since critical data is geographically separated, data losses caused by natural disasters, theft, or hardware corruption are ruled out.  

Ransomware attacks, malicious data deletions by disgruntled insiders, and data corruption create data management overheads that can be easily circumvented by a BaaS implementation. 

  • Ease of Recovery 

A cloud backup doesn’t have to mean a slow recovery.  Parablu’s BaaS not only makes data recovery intuitive, its patent-protected Rapid Recovery technology dramatically reduces the time to access during data recovery. 

  • Affordability 

BaaS eliminates investment in infrastructures such as servers and other hardware, making it an elastic and cost-effective alternative.   

  • Reduced Capex 

BaaS adoption helps enterprises make a transition from Capital Expenditure (CapEx) to Operating Expenditures (OpEx).  The approach avoids sunk costs and espouses a pay-for-use model which modern financial teams appreciate and encourage.  

  • Regulatory Compliance  

Adopting BaaS as a data protection strategy results in enhanced data security and compliance with regulatory measures such as SOX, HIPAA, and GDPR.  

  • Reduced Cost of Ownership  

BaaS applications offer flexible subscription options to help archive only the required amount of data, which can be scaled out (or back) later if required.  Costs of hardware, power, cooling, personnel etc. are all saved – in return for high reliability and uptime.

BaaS applications offer flexible subscription options.  Costs such as hardware, power, cooling, personnel etc. are all saved – in return for high reliability and uptime. 

This comparison table should yield a better insight into some common backup types to zero in on the one best suited for your enterprise.  

Several financial and healthcare institutions resort to managed backups to store critical enterprise data for years and not impact their enterprise bandwidth or hard drive spaces. 

Why choose Parablu BaaS – The Bespoke BaaS advantage? 

Parablu BaaS has effectively mitigated the shortcomings of several other market variants such as slow data restoration and a lack of centralized, policy-based management. Parablu also combines BaaS with on-premises and on-cloud workloads, offering customers a flexible data deployment solution known as Bespoke BaaS. 

Learn more about the Parablu BaaS through a demo.