Modern Google Workspace (G Suite) Backup with Europe, UK, USA, Australia, Canada datacenters, advanced admin roles, multi-geo compliance, scalable to 1,000,000s users
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Afi Google Workspace™ (G Suite) Backup is the latest generation of data protection with fast & responsive UI and 2-3x faster backup/restore performance compared to legacy vendors. Afi was built from the ground-up to support Google Workspace™ apps with full fidelity. It is powered by modern cloud architecture based on micro-services and leverages AI technology to protect your data against ransomware, provide better resiliency and automate backup operations.

-   Backup all Google Workspace™ user data, including (Shared) Drives, Gmail™, Calendars, Contacts
-   [EXCLUSIVE FEATURE] AI anti-ransomware engine (detection, preemptive backups & recovery points labeling)
-   [EXCLUSIVE FEATURE] full-text search, instant online backup contents preview and flexible point-in-time data restore 
-   [EXCLUSIVE FEATURE] 100% fidelity Google Workspace™ backup - Afi preserves Google Drive™ document IDs, so the file URLs will remain the same after recovery and 3rd party apps integrated with Drive will continue to function
-   Leverage the most granular access control and permission management engine - Afi enables you to disable/limit access for Google Workspace™ super admins, or grant custom backup access permissions for non-admin users
-   Unlimited time-based retention, backup storage locations in EU, US, UK, Canada and Australia or external customer-owned cloud storage

Afi intelligently handles Google API errors (4xx, 5xx) and uses a prediction engine to avoid the Google Workspace™ API calls limit. In case of any issues, Afi automatically reschedules & retries problematic backup runs. 

Afi automatically manages backup schedules based on the protection levels (SLAs) assigned by admin for Google Workspace™ organizational units or user accounts. New users are automatically discovered & protected. Users deleted from Google Workspace™ are automatically archived and are always available for restore.

Afi is the only cloud Google Workspace™ backup that enables to configure & restrict Google Workspace™ super admin access to user backed up data. Afi also provides a detailed audit log that retains session details (including WAN IP), backup & restore actions and all system events.

⚫ Q&A

➊ Why do you need to backup Google Workspace™?
Organizations use cloud Google Workspace™ backup to protect data from accidental data deletions, user errors and emerging threats such as cloud ransomware and hacker attacks. Based on IDC and Gartner surveys around 30% of businesses backup their cloud applications.

➋ Does Google Workspace™ provide any built-in recovery capabilities?
Google Workspace™ enables admins to partially recover data deleted within  20-25 days. Most organizations use a 3rd party backup solution because the the time frame is too short. Google Workspace™ also provides built-in versioning that protects your data against accidental overwrites and ransomware attacks, but some organizations find the capabilities insufficient.

➌ Do I need to backup user's Google Workspace™ data if my organization has Google Vault™?
Google Vault™ provides retention and e-discovery features and it can help to partially recover deleted G Suite data. However organizations often use a G Suite backup tool in addition to Google Vault™ to overcome its limitations (no data is retained for deleted G Suite users, no versioning and no recovery is available for Google Drive™ folder structures).

➍ Does Afi backs up Shared (Team) Drives?
Yes, we provide full-fidelity backup for Google Drive™ and Shared Drives, including the backup of complex folder structures, files metadata (author, creation/modification dates, etc) and Google document IDs.

➎ Can I backup user Gmail data without exposing the backup contents to IT team?
Yes, you can configure custom administrative roles that will enable your team to manage the backup and restore operations, without the ability to view the data. You can also disable admin access to Afi application for your Google Workspace™ super admins.

➏ What is the maximum backup frequency available in Afi?
You can configure 1-24x per day backup runs. In addition Afi AI engine will perform out of schedule preemptive backups of your G Suite data in case of any security threats (e.g. detected encryption activity or mass deletions of Google Drive™ files). 

➐ What are the main advantages of Afi compared to other G Suite backup solutions?
Afi provides 2-3x faster backup and restore performance compared to legacy solutions. Afi AI engine prevents backup errors and automatically manages the backup schedules in order to provide resilient service independent of admin supervision.

➑ Is Afi GDPR and HIPAA compliant?
Yes, we comply with GDPR and other major data protection regulations such as HIPAA, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and CCPA. We will sign the DPA upon request.
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Afi G Suite Backup will need access to your Google account
This will allow Afi G Suite Backup to :
See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files
Read, compose, and send emails from your Gmail account
See, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar
See, edit, download, and permanently delete your contacts
View customer related information
View domains related to your customers
View groups on your domain
View organization units on your domain
See info about users on your domain
View usage reports for your G Suite domain
View, add, update, and remove members from conversations in Google Chat
View, compose, send, update, and delete messages, and add, view, and delete reactions to messages.
Create conversations and spaces and see or edit metadata (including history settings and access settings) in Google Chat
See your primary Google Account email address
See your personal info, including any personal info you've made publicly available
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Shelley Evans
January 31, 2024
Simple, clean interface, wonderful customer support. I use back up services primarily for insurance, in case of catastrophic loss-- if for some reason Google crashed and lost my data. I found it to be a surprisingly easy way to restore even a single email or document.
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Matthew Cramer
August 10, 2023
A modern SAAS that is genuinely fantastic. The onboarding process is slick and quick. Administering all my customers is easy. Restores are lightning-fast. Compared to my old SAAS, AFI is a Ferrari! The cost is well worth it as you need a solid and reliable solution for your backups.
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Jack Williams
February 10, 2023
The system boasts exceptional reliability and speed, making it incredibly easy to use. Even junior IT staff members who have not received any training can successfully use the system to assist end-users with data recovery. Furthermore, the recovery speed is truly remarkable, as we were able to recover 3 terabytes of data in just under an hour
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Stuart Hatcher
September 28, 2022
Excellent, to a point. When I started using AFI there was no limit to the storage space. Then, when Google pulled the rug out from everyone and imposed storage limits, I suddenly had a storage limit in AFI. That limit was less than 1% of the amount of data I had backed up with AFI. Suddenly I'm massively over-quota. My immediate impulse was to simply download all the data, stick it on a local hard drive and move on. This is where the real flaw in AFI lies - there is no simple way to bulk-download. The only way to download data is to go through date-by-date, service-by-service, and download each chunk manually. With around 3 years worth of data spread over Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Sites, and 3 users, all being backed up 3 times a day, that would mean approx 1000x5x3x3 = 45,000 separate manual downloads. At 5mins per download that's around 2 year's worth of 8 hour days simply to get the data downloaded. Or I can simply abandon the data and hope I never need it, which makes the whole exercise futile. Anyway, the backup is excellent, but stopping using the service is basically impossible.
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Derek Raines
May 25, 2022
VERY DECEPTIVE BILLING PRACTICES Installed this for a small org (9 users, aggregate 1.5 TB storage per Google). Website licensing states they charge $3 per user (as opposed to per GB like competitors), unlimited Team Drives storage, unlimited backup points. At end of the trial, they informed it'll be $150/mo as opposed to $3 per user. They actually do charge based on storage and storage space accrues very quickly. As an example, on their basic Bronze SLA, which only does 1 x daily backup and excludes weekends, 1.5 TB of storage became 2.5 TB in just 2 weeks according to their own internal usage stats. They wanted to charge for 50 user licenses for 2.5 TB, admitting they only give you 50 GB per user (not stated anywhere on their site, and wording is intentionally tricky). In another month, they'd be trying to charge for 100 licenses or more. So, even though their site says otherwise, they do charge per GB and they charge a LOT. I recommend getting something like Cubebackup and a NAS. You'll save yourself a fortune.
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Dennis Weber
June 24, 2022
Very good and reliable data protection service. Ransomware detection features is a huge plus.
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Daniel Saru
April 11, 2022
We've been a client for 9 month, it simply works. Their support is impeccable. Highly recommended.
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Shanley Weston
August 31, 2021
Very happy to have heard about AFI from some positive reviews on Reddit. After losing some material to accidental deletions and struggling with another backup solution that was unnecessarily complicated and glitchy, it is nice to know that we don't have to worry about that anymore. Customer service was friendly and responsive, set-up took just minutes, and their site is intuitive and user-friendly (no digging through documentation to try to get things working like some of the other options we considered!)
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National Intensive Care Surveillance System Sri Lanka
July 17, 2021
Thank you AFI for an intuitive, responsive, flexible and generous service. A life-saver for our small organisation in low-resource setting making best practice affordable for us.
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Delia Dennis
May 17, 2021
Highly recommended. Afi team was super helpful, guided us every step of the way from security review ,to POC and to production. Service works great, self-service is a time saver.
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