Cloud Solutions: Keeping Your Cloud Operational 24/7

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Cloud Solutions: Keeping Your Cloud Operational 24/7

In today’s business landscape, there’s simply no room for downtime or service interruptions. The infrastructure of the technologies and the connectivity utilized must be working at all times to ensure productivity and success. When transitioning to the cloud, an organization takes many of the in-house operations to an internet-based cloud system, which often leaves some concerns about the lack of control and downtime risk the shift may have on their business.

However, there are too many benefits of cloud systems not to make the necessary cloud change. Companies today understand this fact and take these important safety measures to ensure optimum cloud operations 24/7:

Create a More Reliable Network

Companies today know that using a number of different carriers and redundancy providers can ensure that when one is down, another one can immediately take over in the meantime to avoid any downtime. Network paths should be constructed with redundancy at the forefront. Work with carriers to ensure that the path of each network circuit works to qualify redundancy.
Increase Staff Support

If the organization is implementing an enterprise cloud solution, they will have active data centers in different areas to create the highest level of safeguards against environmental or technological compromises to the system. This will require continuous testing and configuration changes to the solution, so these areas need appropriate staffing levels to monitor the processes at all hours.

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Add Multiple Layers of Security

A cloud solution should include access to firewalls, server load balancers, intrusion detection, and denial-of-service protection. Additional layers of security like system vulnerability scans and 3rd-party testing can also offer an added level of protection. Providers should also be able to provide an industry compliance strategy.

Enable Automation

All cloud provisioning and maintenance should be automated. Doing so protects against costly human mistakes that could impact availability. These automated processes include the implementation of new instances, moving instances if data center or networking problems arise, and patching the system for proper security posture.

And while these precautions help to safeguard the business, there’s no solution – cloud-based or not – that’s entirely flawless. And to further protect the business, a business continuity plan should also become a key element of the business processes and procedures.