Data is the core of many businesses and is now woven into almost every step of the business process, so protecting it has never been more important. Whether it’s your data or your customers’ data, your data storage architecture must be able to maintain the integrity and reputation of your data store.
Hybrid Clouds for Data Protection
Hybrid cloud solutions by cloud services providers represent the future of IT solutions. By implementing a hybrid IT environment, most organizations can balance traditional IT requirements and infrastructure with the capabilities and flexibility of the cloud while still encrypting data flows from one site to the other.
The data centers of cloud service providers also have an added level of security and protection that you can take advantage of. With their scale, they can afford highly qualified specialists, network security, and optimized network operations on a pay-as-you-go basis. Many of them have a Tier III, SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001, and ISO 9001 certifications.
Public cloud providers apply big data and AI techniques to monitor cloud operations and continuously audit for any breaches or misconfigurations. Would small or medium-sized enterprises afford this level of expertise inhouse? Probably not. Due to the significant investment requirements, only the largest organizations can afford or acquire this expertise inhouse.
Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Protection
Let’s explore the benefits.
Many enterprises focus on services that can scale up on demand with consumption-based, pay-as-you-scale pricing models. Your on-premises resources can be limited, whereas the cloud can flex resources up or down as needed. Scalability is a great advantage for small to medium enterprises, increasing their IT infrastructure’s overall competitiveness.
2. Lowered Investments and Operational Costs
You don’t need to purchase your own data center equipment when opting for cloud computing services from cloud providers. You thereby bring down any operational costs of maintaining equipment. Flexible pricing models, based on a monthly fee or consumption-based prices, offer breathing room for many small and medium-sized enterprises.
3. Security Maintenance – Audits and Reviews
Constant vigilance is always warranted, as well as a regular performance check. This requires one to do frequent cloud-compliance audits which can be difficult to do in-house with limited resources leaving your business in a vulnerable position. Cloud service providers do this on a regular basis and can provide peace of mind to businesses by spotting and fixing problems, patching systems, and monitoring everything 24x7x365.
A hybrid cloud approach allows you to make the best of both worlds. So, unless you have clear-cut needs fulfilled by only a public cloud solution or only a private cloud solution, why limit your options? Choose a hybrid cloud approach, and you can tap the advantages of both worlds simultaneously.
If you’re looking for enterprise trusted solutions, Pathway Communications has a long history of delivering cloud solutions across industries, customized to their needs. Contact us today for more information.