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Could the hybrid cloud be the right solution for your business?
Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Every business has a unique set of goals, challenges and requirements, and at Blue Chip, we’ve found that providing IT solutions that are tailored to the individual business is the best way to ensure success.

Take the cloud, for example. Many businesses are investing heavily in the cloud – it’s estimated that by July 2018, 80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions[i]. However, there is still some wariness surrounding cloud, with over half of global businesses having expressed concerns that using the cloud makes them more likely to breach data protection laws.

So how can businesses take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without risking the security of their data? Here’s why a hybrid cloud solution could be the answer for your business.

Why are businesses moving to the cloud?[ii]

The huge uptake in the adoption of cloud solutions shows that there are clearly some strong benefits to cloud storage. Many businesses move to the cloud because it enables them to become more agile, as cloud infrastructure can be scaled up or down as needed to meet business’ requirements, and they will only pay for what they use. Storing information in the cloud also enables staff to work more efficiently, as they can easily access documents from wherever they can get online and it’s simple for teams to share and collaborate on the same documents.

Cloud services can also be tailored to the individual needs of a business. They can choose whether to store their data in a private or public cloud, and they can determine the level of control they desire. From Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which enables businesses to use their own platforms and apps within the service provider’s infrastructure, to Software as a Service (SaaS), which gives companies access to the service provider’s cloud-based software, there are a range of options for businesses to choose from.

Although security is a common concern among those considering the cloud, many choose cloud storage precisely for the security benefits. If a company’s hardware fails, or a member of the team loses their laptop, for example, data isn’t lost as it is stored remotely. Those that opt for public cloud solutions can also rest assured that external providers carry out regular updates to maintain the safety of the data they hold. When combined with tools like encryption and API keys, businesses can be confident that their data is protected when in the cloud.

Would a hybrid cloud solution work for your business?[iii]

You don’t have to choose between a private or a public cloud – with a hybrid cloud solution, you can combine the two and get the best of both worlds.

If you can’t find exactly what you need from a single cloud solution, opting for a hybrid cloud, in which your data is stored across multiple servers, could be the best option for your business. You can then choose where to put your data on a case-by-case basis. For example, you might decide that anything that’s business critical, like your financial systems, should be stored on a private cloud for security purposes, while your website is better placed on a public cloud with auto-scaling tools, so it can cope with spikes in traffic.

Blue Chip’s team of technical experts has helped many of our customers to create a hybrid solution that is tailored to their individual needs. We can host your systems with the highest security requirements within our wholly-owned data centres, which are Tier 3 and Tier 4 by design, so you know where that data is at all times. To keep costs to a minimum, we always take an agile approach, raising your capacity when demand peaks and reducing capacity when it falls, while fully supporting your business activity.

We’ll also connect to any public cloud providers you choose to store data with, taking a software-defined approach so that you only need to work with a single provider for all of your data. This way, your dedicated Blue Chip contact can provide you with a holistic system view.

If you’re interested in moving your data to the cloud – private, public or hybrid – you can talk to one of our experts about the best approach for your business by calling 01234 224400 or emailing info@bluechip.co.uk.

 

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