SAN JOSE, California, December 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty five per cent of companies embracing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications want to keep a copy of their data outside of their SaaS vendor's offering, according to new research commissioned by RainStor, an infrastructure software company that provides the leading repository for historical structured data.

All companies want to keep a copy of important data within their business applications, and it's no different for those using SaaS. Typically it's either as a best practice fail-safe, to protect data and meet compliance requirements or to run advanced analytics without impacting the production environment, says Andy Ben-Dyke, CTO at RainStor.

According to the research, the primary drivers for keeping a copy of SaaS data are to:

- Protect against data loss or corruption by the SaaS application vendor (46%) - Protect against data loss or corruption by end-users (42%) - Improve data availability should the SaaS vendor or end-user suffer web outage (30%) - Enable improved reporting and analytics beyond the capability of the SaaS offering (25%) - Satisfy internal data governance policies (20%) - Satisfy external legal or regulatory mandates (9%)

The findings show that 43 per cent of companies currently use a SaaS application, with a further 39 per cent planning to use SaaS in the foreseeable future. Of those companies using, or intending to use, SaaS applications 90 per cent wanted to keep their own copy of SaaS data with another third party cloud provider.

For companies using SaaS, it's natural that they would want to keep a copy of their SaaS data in another cloud but separate from their SaaS vendor, adds Ben-Dyke. It's an approach coined SaaS data escrow; the safe keeping of SaaS data with a trusted third party. While the desire to keep copies of SaaS data has existed for a while, it's only the emergence of simple and secure cloud-based data management technologies that have made this possible

The research is based on a sample of 400 senior IT decision makers, across the US (300) and the UK (100), working within commercial organisations with 500 to 5000 employees.

The research report is available to download from:

About RainStor

RainStor is a technology pioneer in online information preservation. The company's specialized data repository significantly reduces the total cost of preserving information through extreme data compression, simplified data management and near-perfect scalability on commodity hardware. RainStor enables partners including Informatica, Adaptive Mobile and OnPoint Technologies to deliver online data retention solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of preserving information in the enterprise or the cloud. RainStor is the optimal data management and storage technology for application archiving, application retirement, SaaS Data Escrow(TM), and log and security event management solutions.

RainStor is a privately held company with offices in San Francisco, USA and Gloucester, UK. For more information, visit

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