Are you thinking about migrating your business to a hybrid cloud environment?
There has been a definite uptick in the number of organizations utilizing hybrid cloud environments for their storage needs. This increase in hybrid usage has brought with it lessons for organizations who are still on the fence about adopting their own hybrid cloud environments.
Before throwing your organization into the hybrid cloud, consider your move carefully and consider these key factors:
Cloud Storage Security
No surprise, security will always be a hot topic when it comes to cloud technology.
According to founder and CEO of BackupAssist, Linus Chang, the use of temporary data repositories (used when migrating data) are often the culprit for data breaches. When these temporary repositories are misconfigured, the data stored within is vulnerable.
To avoid a data breach, make sure you encrypt all data that will be migrating. Additionally, avoid using hybrid cloud services that are low quality or if you don’t know where your data will be stored.
Utilize a Phased Approach to Hybrid Cloud Implementation
Consider using a phased migration of data to the hybrid environment. This approach will make the overall transition more comfortable.
Often, organizations like to start with their email (just be careful of the sensitive data email messages can contain) because this gives employees the freedom to work remotely and access information offline. After migrating email, companies often move on to migrating document collaborations.
Unified Data Access
Working toward unified data access is the main goal of most data migrations. To achieve this, there are three main components that must be met:
- Start with an on-premises solution. Then, move to a hybrid cloud. You can eventually progress to a multi-cloud system.
- Utilize a multi-cloud controller, especially one that allows for application access for storing resources that all use the same API language in various environments.
- Implement a global namespace that encompasses both on-premises and cloud solutions.
CMO of Cloudian, Jon Toor, concludes that following these suggestions will help to minimize the amount of money spent for storage because it allows organizations to be strategic about replicating and/or synchronizing their data in a hybrid environment.
Additionally, it allows organizations who use a hybrid cloud to move their data to only the applications that need it, which helps boost security.