Monthly Archives: February 2022

Considering Cloud Offering for Your Business?

Cloud computing, with its many benefits and options, is here to stay. Its popularity continues to grow each year. Read on to learn how cloud offerings will benefit your company, and how to know which offerings to choose.


Trends in Cloud Computing


Cloud computing, and the spending on it, continues to grow. An article from CompTIA predicted that spending on Software as a Service (SaaS) will reach more than $145 billion in 2022. Interestingly, many businesses show an appetite for public cloud computing. Benefits of cloud computing in general, are the ability to access computing resources over the Internet; infrastructure management by the cloud service provider (CSP) removing the necessity for on-premise infrastructure; the ability to scale resources for varying demand; and the ability to manage costs using a subscription model. Public cloud computing offers these benefits, along with numerous data centers. If one center goes offline, another will pick up the traffic.  The rise in demand for public cloud services also offers opportunities for managed service providers to transition to provide more of those services; with this opportunity for growth will come the need for retraining of staff to provide such services.


Considerations in Choosing a Cloud Deployment


With its benefits, deployment options, and delivery models, cloud computing requires considerations before adoption. When choosing a deployment option, consider your company’s needs before choosing. Public cloud is shared by multiple tenants, and careful attention needs to be paid to security. Since public cloud is expected to be popular, according to CompTIA, security will need to be a key consideration. Additionally, trends predict a change in focus from device security to habits of end users. This brings up the need for training (or retraining) in policies and best practices in cybersecurity. Breaches are still expected to occur, though training hopefully minimizes cyber attacks and the resulting damage. 


Options for Cloud Deployment


There are many options allowing your business to take full advantage of the Cloud.  Desktop as a Service (DaaS) provides remote employees access to a reliable, secure computing environment with access to critical applications from multiple locations or while working from home.  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) lifts workloads, such as legacy applications, to the Cloud for “work from anywhere” access.  Many Software as a Service (SaaS) applications can modernize your business with the latest functionality for most business processes.


Whichever cloud options you choose, your company will need to evaluate how well it meets your needs. For assistance in choosing the best cloud option for your business, contact us today. 

Understanding Disaster Recovery

What would your company do when faced with a disaster? For example, what would happen if a fire damaged your physical headquarters? And what if a cyberattack compromised your network with its data and applications? Even a short power outage can impact your company’s business operations. Read on to learn more about how a disaster recovery plan can help you protect your company’s technology assets and recover from a disaster.


The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan


Having a detailed disaster recovery plan (DR) for how to proceed during a disaster can make the difference in how well your company recovers, helping you avoid costly downtime and even fines for failure to comply with industry regulations. With this detailed, written plan in effect, your company can stay running, or get back to running, as soon as possible–protecting you from the loss of revenue and reputation resulting from an extended outage or data breach.


Key Metrics for a Disaster Recovery Plan


According to an article from CompTIA, two key metrics will help you draw up a plan to recover from a disaster, either natural or man-made. The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) defines how much data or service time can be lost before consequences become unacceptable. This objective should be considered ahead of time. For example, what outage duration is acceptable before legal and financial consequences become a reality? How much data can you afford to risk losing? The RPO will determine how often you backup your data, for instance. As far as data goes, what is mission-critical and what can you back up less frequently? With data, sometimes minutes matter, otherwise daily backups are ok. While related to RPO, Recovery Time Objective (RTO) sets the clock once an incident occurs. Do you know what procedures to follow in the event of a cyber attack or other data loss, to get the system back up? These two metrics both have bearing on issues like regulatory compliance, financial cost of loss of data and/or services, and cost of solutions to any problems resulting from a disaster.


A disaster recovery plan, carefully considered and executed, can make a difference in your company’s ability to bounce back after a natural, technological or man-made disaster. For help with your plan, contact us today.