The best of both worlds.

The Hybrid Cloud: A mix of private and public cloud Services means mobile and web-based access to corporate applications with high usability, while important data remains secure.

If you are ready to take your data to the cloud, you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of private vs public cloud storage solutions. One or the other could be incomplete which means you need a hybrid of both. It all boils down to the type of business you are running. Creating a hybrid cloud solution combining the advantages of both works quite well for a majority of today’s businesses.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing cloud services:

secure data in the cloud

1. Privacy can be a challenge in the cloud.

Most businesses store at least some sensitive or proprietary data that could cause serious problems if it were hacked. Cloud providers often promise strict security, but data theft can still happen. That’s why it’s important to encrypt highly sensitive data before storing it in the cloud. Online tools such as Boxcryptor can be used to protect the confidentiality of your private information before it’s synced with the cloud, but these tools aren’t compatible with every cloud provider.

data backup

2. Your backups may need backups.

Many businesses turn to the cloud as a convenient option for backing up important files. It’s a good strategy: If something happens to a business’s local files, the data in the cloud remains untouched. But the inverse is also true. If a business stores all its important data in the cloud, it can be difficult or impossible to access this data when outages and other failures occur.

In these cases, cloud providers make it top priority to get their services up and running again quickly. That does little good for businesses that need to access their data immediately, however. When all of your data is stored in the cloud with no backups, you run the risk of losing that data forever. The best, most reliable way to avoid this problem is to back up all mission-critical data to
a local server.

cloud storage

3. There is fine print involved.

Many businesses turn to the cloud as a convenient option for backing up important files. It’s a good strategy: If something happens to a business’s local files, the data in the cloud remains untouched. But the inverse is also true. If a business stores all its important data in the cloud, it can be difficult or impossible to access this data when outages and other failures occur.

In these cases, cloud providers make it top priority to get their services up and running again quickly. That does little good for businesses that need to access their data immediately, however. When all of your data is stored in the cloud with no backups, you run the risk of losing that data forever. The best, most reliable way to avoid this problem is to back up all mission-critical data to
a local server.

If you have read this far, you are ready for a full evaluation and consult regarding your business’ data storage needs. Let us take it from here.

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