Designing a hybrid cloud model for your unique organizational needs is crucial for your company’s overall success.
In fact, it’s one of the most important to-dos in your day-to-day business. A recent study by IDG Research found that 88 percent of respondents believe hybrid cloud capabilities are critical to enabling the digital transformation of businesses, while 73 percent agree these models forge a path for digital business in their own organization.
Given the complexity of implementing and maintaining a hybrid cloud model, it’s key to work with a partner that can help you optimize your data before migrating to avoid downtime and save on computing costs.
If you’re considering or already working with cloud technology partners, here’s what to look for to maximize your current or potential relationship.
Ensure Destination Environments are Optimal.
This is crucial when you want to efficiently run applications/workloads in a cloud. By ensuing these environments are the right fit, with the help of your cloud technology partner, you’ll be able to better prevent downtime in the case of an outage due to human error, natural disaster, or hardware failure. The right cloud technology partner can ensure you have robust hardware and practices in place should the worst happen. This will also save you any surprise costs, as you may need to shift to environments that can adjust to fluctuating application requirements.
Customize Your Approach to Hybrid Computing.
All businesses are not created equal, and your company may have different needs depending on your industry. A cloud technology professional can identify the types and quantity of your data, providing a game plan that works for your business while complying with data retention regulations. You can do all of this before migrating your data to the cloud, ensuring a smooth transition.
Secure Your Cloud Data at All Times.
The latest in cloud security is fog computing, also known as edge computing, and acts as an extension of the cloud. It provides security to real-time data that’s created on Internet of Things devices, including mobile devices, servers, computer chips, and routers. Your cloud technology partner should be well-versed in this kind of security so that your data is safe on all platforms.
Manage Unstructured Data on a Consistent Basis.
Not surprisingly, 80 percent of data in a typical organization is unstructured, meaning it’s not organized in a predefined manner in a database or application. This is only going to become more important in your business as data sprawl and big data increase. Your cloud technology partner can help you build an optimal solution that blends strategy, technology, and analytics into a solid plan for your business. That partner will ensure the solution fits your organization’s culture and has the flexibility, scalability, accessibility, and security to handle unstructured data.
With these key items in mind, you’ll be able to make the most out of your current relationship with your cloud technology partner—or find the right solution. These professionals can help you customize your approach to hybrid computing to ensure security and uptime and to speed up your time to value, all while decreasing potential downtime in the case of an outage, a time when you can potentially lose revenue.
If you’re looking to learn more about maximizing your relationship with cloud technology partners, see how FNTS can become your extended team of IT professionals.