Could Hybrid IT Management Improve the New Work From Home Environment
Cloud computing technology has changed the game for organisations who were once confined to storing data on private servers. Combining the established method of data storage centres and in-house servers with the virtualisation of multi-service platforms in the cloud, hybrid IT offers versatile and responsive solutions for organisations. If your business is looking for a unique IT management system that can be customised to fit the specific needs of your industry, the hybrid IT model is likely a good choice for you.
Hybrid models are proven to be more efficient and secure than traditional alternatives. Here’s why:
With a horde of businesses across Australia forced to shut down and make the switch to remote operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, having a secure location to store data that still remains accessible out of the office is more important now than ever. The hybrid model can be quite effective in remedying the situation currently being faced by many, as it still provides the security of in-house servers and the flexibility of access with the cloud.
A hybrid cloud environment also provides businesses with the opportunity to migrate specific information to the cloud and within that cloud, a company can then scale its resources as business needs continue to develop. Critical information can still reside in the private server, while operational programs can be accessed remotely.
Working from home requires an entirely different set up than in office. Relying solely on public cloud systems can be risky. Hybrid models allow more autonomy over how data can be accessed and stored, with businesses also benefiting from cloud-based backup. A VPN can be used to tunnel to the in-house server, protecting employees from potential lurking threats on their home internet. The cloud, on the other hand can be accessed more freely, however, concerns regarding safe access are a major reason all-cloud data storage can be hazardous. Combining the two systems establishes more security on the frontline.
For industries with strong data regulations, such as aged care, a business model that prioritises the privacy and safety of personal data is compulsory, due to new regulations imposed by the Australian government. In this case, a hybrid cloud model can work well as companies can leverage the security of their private data with the power of the cloud.
Likely, data stored privately will have to be transmitted to the cloud at some point, however extensive encryption methods can be used to ensure data remains airtight. IT admins can then easily manage access to data and critical assets stored on in-house servers.
Disaster recovery contingency plans
Data backup is crucial to mitigate the risk of compromising data, especially when employees are working remote. But without visibility of where the data sits and how it can be recovered, a disaster is more likely to occur. A hybrid model can reduce the impact of an attack. Consider working with the IT Department to develop a contingency plan for your business in case disaster were to strike.
While a multi-cloud environment is inherently faster than a hybrid one, hybrid clouds can take advantage of high-tech computing to increase speed for end users. Private clouds can be built based on purpose and resource demands. Non-critical operations can be handed off to the cloud, making the private portion of a hybrid cloud much faster and more productive.
With remote working comes an even bigger responsibility for businesses to keep their data safe. The IT Department can help you make the switch to a more efficient, hybrid IT management system. Speak with us directly by calling 1300 10 10 40 or get in touch online to learn more about our services and how we can help your business.