The cloud is providing businesses with new avenues of network management, and as advances in these technologies improve, innovations in digital continuity are also gaining traction. Because of the cloud's scalable storage options, decision-makers who deal in big data, especially, should be considering how these services can amplify their output.
More importantly, the remote accessibility of cloud solutions make it possible for businesses to completely outsource their information, which, in the event of unavoidable natural disasters, can be the difference between success or failure of the company's recovery time. Not only can the cloud prevent data loss, but its flexibility can also enable IT managers to deploy supportive applications that allow for the customization of unique network processes.
Using a hybrid cloud for better protection
Continuity Central reported that combination clouds, or hybrid solutions, are the most useful for big data initiatives that require fluctuating storage capabilities. Decision-makers can determine whether they need to raise or lower their memory allocations, and as cloud providers often charge per storage segment, this makes it possible for IT managers to gauge operations costs accordingly. In addition to scalability, hosting some data in-house will allow for heightened security, but maintaining the option to outsource the rest will mitigate the risk of data loss from structural damage.
"It's vital that you research each provider carefully to ensure that their physical hosting infrastructure is located in different geographic regions – you don't want your back up to be located in the same data center!," Peter Westcott, business continuity management advisor at ContinuitySA, told Continuity Central.
Leveraging applications to gain continuity support
Forbes reported that in addition to third-party storage, organizations can leverage cloud-enhanced applications that make it possible to gain another layer of defense and big data maintenance capabilities. For example, remote database administration software provides enterprises with a service that attaches to the cloud source that categorizes information. This solution is another method of data center maintenance as well, which provides businesses with additional IT tech support during unexpected crises and disruptions in continuity.
Whether enterprises deal in big data or are smaller firms that need a reliable disaster preparedness solution, the cloud can help cut losses in productivity and provide decision-makers with new methods for information support. IT managers should consider how the above mentioned strategies can be deployed for additional continuity service.
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