Is the cloud always the right solution?

With flexible and remote working now commonplace, it can be tempting to think that the cloud is the right solution to host your business’ IT – but this is not always the case. Paul Timms, Managing Director at MCSA, shares his thoughts on the options to ensure ‘business as usual’ for your company.

Although the public cloud doesn’t go down very often, when it does, it can leave the unprepared business owner in the lurch without access to critical applications and data for an indefinite period. In this instance knowing when to invoke a disaster recovery process can be a matter of pure guesswork.

Storing data in the cloud has become increasingly popular for organisations with fluctuating IT demands, who benefit from ease of scaling up or down their cloud capacity. Cloud providers have worked hard to alleviate security concerns, but many organisations remain reluctant to entrust storage of their particularly sensitive data to a remote cloud-based solution.

One of the biggest drawbacks of data storage in the cloud is that your business data is not always automatically backed up and is not necessarily replicated to a second site for additional peace of mind and ease of recovery. Although these are options on some public cloud services, they are often expensive and therefore frequently not taken up. If you have not put your own IT systems in place to back that data up, then it will may be lost and the damage to your business could be catastrophic., Gartner estimate that only 6% of businesses survive more than 2 years after a major data loss

And it’s not just data storage that can be affected by cloud outages. Despite being cloud based, a businesses’ Office365 environment can still get a virus and become corrupted, potentially resulting in staff not being able to access business critical information or applications and costly downtime for your business.

Businesses are increasingly opting for a hybrid IT model, combining the flexibility of cloud storage with the security of on-site storage. Less sensitive data and applications can be easily accessed in the cloud, while core systems and critical data are stored on infrastructure that they know and trust. This means knowing where it is and what it is, to meet their business performance and risk criteria.

Regardless of which IT infrastructure is chosen, businesses should still consider how their systems are backed up and managed to ensure minimal downtime in a business continuity event.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ but by exploring the options you can make your organisation resilient. To find out how we help clients remain operational in the event of a disaster why not talk to one of our experts on 01628 810977 or contact us here

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