Business Continuity and the Cloud
January 17, 2018 - Have you migrated to the cloud or are you thinking of doing so? There are lots of legitimate concerns about such a move, but there are also lots of ways to make the migration easier and safer. You should have a good business continuity plan that addresses some of your concerns (like what do you do if your cloud provider goes belly up?) so you can act if problems arise. You may find some helpful information in this issue.
Are you looking to utilize the business continuity and disaster recovery advantages that the cloud offers? Do you need to reduce the time spent maintaining physical hardware? The reasons to transition to cloud continue to stack up, and stories about cloud benefits and successes are only becoming more prominent. Still, many organizations and IT teams continue to be wary of making the move because of the challenges associated with migrating their applications.
As cloud becomes a mainstream part of organizational infrastructure, any failure of the cloud service becomes a business continuity issue. Rob Strechay provides a summary of the impacts of cloud downtime and what organizations can do to prepare for it; calling for a 'resiliency-in-layers' approach.
Cloud-based services are attractive to companies on many different levels, but there are some security issues to take into consideration before signing up. Developing a business continuity plan prior to signing a cloud contract can help ensure the security of your organization.
In some corners of the cloud market, business continuity is evolving from a process of failure and recovery to a set of built-in features for resiliency. But it is not yet certain that such features will find their way into more of the everyday applications that enterprises use. Logistical barriers to cloud-based resilience include regulatory compliance, cost and required changes to how applications are designed.
Migrating to the cloud can bring a multitude of benefits to your company, such as increased agility, flexibility, and cost savings. Despite all of these positives, many companies who are considering a move to the cloud have concerns. And one of the primary issues is vendor lock-in.
There are very legitimate concerns about changing the way you have done your computing for years. From an owner's or executive's perspective these changes look monumental. But to IT people the technologies haven't changed much, only their physical location. You might ask, "Why do I need to move my technology to another location?" The short answer is because it is better, faster, and cheaper.
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