According to analyst firm ESG, hybrid architectures are the top desired features by today’s businesses and with good reason.
Below we identify four key reasons why a backup, recovery and business continuity solution based on a hybrid cloud model is preferred.
With a hybrid solution, a company’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security; data insurance if you will. The in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense. In most cases, three distinct copies of each file exist – on the workstation or server, on the local device and in the public cloud.
In addition, encrypted files are stored off-site and are available in case an unforeseen event, like a natural disaster, occurs. This gives businesses the peace of mind to know that their data is always accessible no matter what the circumstances. With this model, I.T. has multiple sources to provide data protection. It is as important to insure data as it is to insure physical resources, like buildings, employees and other assets. After all, business data is a company’s most important asset, and ensuring business continuity in the form of hybrid cloud storage is an intelligent and logical step toward protecting that asset.
Businesses also benefit from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that many companies have, with a hybrid cloud solution. Since cloud storage is far less expensive, businesses can retain more data on the cloud. Businesses are often concerned about space on local storage devices, and the cloud gives them the chance to make decisions about how long to store backups on these local devices. Businesses no longer have to worry about purchasing more local storage, nor do they have to make difficult choices about
what files to delete when they are running out of space. Hybrid Cloud eliminates a pain point for companies that have struggled with limited resources dedicated to storage. Their files are available for as long as they need, and they can be easily restored when necessary. Businesses can cease worrying about storage and turn their attention to their core competencies, confident that their data is secure and available.
Virtual Sprout has multiple hybrid cloud business continuity options available to its customers: