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Cloud technologies have been both a boon and a bane to some industries.

Threats and Opportunities: The Cloud and Technology Adoption

Cloud technologies have been both a boon and a bane to some industries.Cloud technology has opened up a slate of new possibilities, but it’s also created significant new threats for regular users and enterprise users alike. Any value-added reseller (VAR), managed service provider (MSP) or sales agent targeting the enterprise market, therefore, needs to know just what to watch out for and what to encourage to provide solutions in this increasingly cloud-based environment.

What New Opportunities Have Emerged With the Cloud?

The cloud has brought great new opportunities for businesses that are tailor-made for solution providers.

Broader talent pool. Businesses now no longer need only hire people in the city in which they operate. Cloud-based document management and communications systems let anyone work from anywhere, if they have access to the tools.

Greater agility. Those who can work anywhere can work any time, too. Plus, access to systems resources that scale with need mean that projects that need more computing resources can get these without bulky, costly, and time-consuming installations.

New business. Consider the companies that would be nowhere without the cloud. Most streaming services count on it, and document storage operations can keep those documents secure in the cloud.

What New Threats do Businesses Face Thanks to the Cloud?

All of these advances haven’t come without threats to address, and that’s opportunity for the astute solution provider.

Security. This is commonly the big one. The information kept in the cloud is a valuable target for thieves, and from theft of customer data to theft of intellectual property, security in the cloud is one of the biggest risks there is.

Loss of visibility. A cloud is often opaque by its nature, and cloud computing is no different. It’s often hard to track information once it goes into the cloud. Those working remotely with cloud-based tools can’t be watched. Visibility is lost.

System performance. There’s a reason cloud-based systems come with service-level agreements (SLAs). Whether it’s the hardware at the user’s end or the hardware at the provider’s end, system performance has to be at its peak to provide the best cloud experience.

How Can I Provide Technology that Best Works With the Cloud?

The best way to provide technology that both works with the cloud and protects against the new threats seen previously is to start by getting in touch with MicroCorp. With over 30 years’ experience in partner support for VARs, MSPs and agent operations, this master agent can not only delivery the best in solutions but also top-level support.

What are the Security Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Solution?

Learn about how disaster recovery, cloud storage, and more can help improve your cyber security.A multi-cloud approach works well for a large number of enterprises who’ve made a digital transformation. RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report found that 85 percent have a multi-cloud strategy. That is up from 2016 where 82 percent reported a multi-cloud approach.

There are several benefits to implementing a multi-cloud solution:

  • Disaster recovery: A cloud outage serves to demonstrate the potential pitfalls of a single cloud solution. Many companies haven’t fully thought through their disaster-recovery procedures, but multi-cloud does offer protection compared to a single point failure.
  • Prevention of lock-in: Enterprises are reluctant to lock in with only one vendor, and multi-cloud approach allows them the flexibility to switch vendors or take advantage of the benefits of each of a variety of vendors.
  • Workload performance: Enterprises like the ability to match the workload with the cloud provider that makes the most sense. For instance, Windows applications workloads match best with Microsoft Azure.
  • Cloud hydration: One of the challenges of digital transformation is the movement of data from traditional storage to cloud storage. A multi-cloud environment makes it easier to concurrently move data to new cloud platforms.

A couple of major, multi-hour cloud outages that occurred this year provided some guidelines for establishing an even better, more secure multi-cloud solution:

Store data in two locations. In case of a cloud outage, it’s a good idea to store data in two places so that you are never fully compromised on your ability to access data. There are several approaches to this, such as storing data both in a cloud storage solution and an on-premises server, or you can use a single-cloud solution with multiple access points.

Choose redundancy architecture: Duplicate your major applications in multiple locations. Whether you are employing public or private cloud, a hybrid solution or an on-site system, consider implementing redundancy policies so that you avoid lock-in with one provider or the risk of not being able to access your key software during an outage.

Check out the competition: Check out their competition, not yours. The increase in cloud providers means that you can use a multi-cloud solution to choose the applications that make the most sense for you, based on both cost and security features of the provider.

Choose native storage options: This means that you want to choose providers and storage solutions in which storage is a core feature, not an additional feature that’s “bolted on” to another application.

At MicroCorp, we come alongside you to help you design a secure multi-cloud environment that matches providers to your specific business needs. Call us today for more information.