Cloud Computing Disaster Recovery

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With more businesses moving to the cloud, you might be conflicted on how to securely manage your data while keeping up with the pace of technology.

Public clouds are great for sharing resources and collaborating, however there are the considerations of vulnerability and reliability to consider. Private clouds, on the other hand, offer a higher level of security but can require the purchase of internal servers and costly infrastructure maintenance.

Hybrid cloud services – essentially a mix of both public and private clouds – can be a great, customizable cloud computing solution for those seeking a balance of accessibility and security.

With hybrid cloud computing services, you can designate the parts of your company which run most efficiently on public or private clouds, and utilize the advantages of both.

Pros and cons of hybrid cloud computing solutions

As with most things, adopting hybrid cloud solutions has advantages and disadvantages. One clear benefit of hybrid cloud computing is the ability to house sensitive data on an internal, firewalled private cloud, and keep the bulk of everything else on a public server.

In a cloud based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) arrangement, a company's public cloud can be used as an off-site location to store backup copies of data. By allocating some dimensions of your data to a public cloud, you'll save money on internal servers and provide easier access for employees.

On the downside, using hybrid cloud computing solutions will require you to invest in private servers, although not to the extent of a lone private cloud solution.

Depending on your particular combination of virtualization and cloud computing, you might find that managing your customizations all at once can be challenging. In that case, consider using a hypervisor – a system that manages virtualization tasks in the cloud for smoother functioning.

Hybrid cloud computing best practices

Before you roll out hybrid cloud solutions, you'll want to:

  • Establish a plan, identifying the sectors of your business to benefit most from public and private clouds, and outlining how you'll integrate them with more traditional service domains
  • Pay attention to your SLA
  • Explore solutions to manage your public and private clouds with a single interface, and transfer materials between both
  • Identify who will have access to the different clouds, and organize a framework of responsibility
  • Consider setting up encrypted channels between your different cloud environments to prevent data breaches during information transfer
  • Select a trusted hybrid cloud partner – learn how Quest's hybrid cloud computing solutions can help you meet this goal

Ultimately, your particular hybrid cloud solution will be determined by your business needs. If flexibility matters to your company, a hybrid cloud service will give you more options for securing crucial information with the ease and accessibility of a public cloud.