Businesses large and small, and in every industry, are under pressure to comply with a variety of regulatory and compliance obligations. Data protection requirements, breach notification rules and other industry-specific obligations can be distracting from core business operations.
Cloud computing, specifically a hybrid cloud, supports risk management plans including disaster recovery and business interruptions. The cloud also offers cost savings, streamlined operations and many other benefits.
Between electronic commerce, data transmission with mobile workers, and maintaining strong customer relationships, there is no room for technology outages. Whether natural disaster or internal mishap, an outage can take out critical processes, putting your business at risk. And a hybrid cloud infrastructure can minimize interruptions, getting your people and processes back to work quickly.
A hybrid cloud architecture spreads out data and workload across internal infrastructure in combination with public, private and hosted cloud environments. An experienced cloud provider can evaluate existing management systems, such as ERP, CRM and other line of business applications, then provide guidance with identifying the workloads or data requiring the highest level of security and availability.
By moving data and workloads into these other cloud environments, you can then develop a systematic approach to take during disaster recovery, balancing both cost and risk and implementing the ideal level of backup and recovery plans.
Similarly, a hybrid cloud infrastructure offers a buffer of sorts during business interruptions or other situations that put pressure on business operations. After systems are back up and running after a crisis, for example, a strong business continuity plan will support business units as they regain functionality.
Letting cloud experts provide the hardware, software, security and compliance support allows your IT department to focus on other core competencies. Instead of becoming cloud experts, your IT team can leverage other innovative technologies that streamline operations, improve productivity and strengthen customer relationships. You also have a strong platform that not only meets the needs of your business, but those of customers who are increasingly demanding current, innovative technology and services.
Read our new eBook, 15 Questions to Bring Sanity to Your Evaluation of Hybrid Cloud, for additional insight on how to minimize the damage caused by outages, recover from a disaster, and get back to business faster by deploying a hybrid cloud architecture.