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How Hybrid Clouds are Helping SMBs Store Data Effectively

You are a medium sized business owner. You need peace of mind that your company's data is securely backed up. You own servers that you know work, but you need more storage space. You know having some data stored in a cloud would be a cost-effective solution, but are worried about security. You're also nervous about the lack of control you'd have in using a third party system; customization and workplace integration could prove to be pain points.

You are not alone.

Deciding whether to store data in the cloud or on-premise is a defining characteristic of SMBs in the 21st century. And that's why hybrid cloud-based solutions have become increasingly popular- and arguably, necessary.

What are hybrid clouds?

A hybrid cloud is a cloud-computing environment that utilizes both private and public clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organization.

Like these famous hybrids, it offers the best of two worlds. (If you aren't able to implement a hybrid cloud solution, we'd suggest downgrading to a Cama (camel + llama). Its cuteness might distract you from your mediocre data storage situation.)

Hybrid clouds allow you to use the public cloud whenever possible—reaching new levels of elasticity and reducing IT costs—while retaining access to a private cloud for more sensitive data. Public clouds are often more cost-efficient and scalable than private ones, but by maximizing both utilities, SMBs can allocate data in a way that makes sense for them.

Often, SMBs can work with one vendor to get multiple solutions including access to public and private clouds. Most vendors will also work with the set-up you already have, in case you'd like to retain some on-site storage. Take a good look at your current infrastructure, technology needs, and goals for the medium to long term to decide what model will be right for you, then don't settle until you find a vendor able to offer that solution.

Where do I go from here?

The moral of this story, like most stories, is that there is no easy answer. Just because you have servers that seem to be doing the job doesn't mean you shouldn't look into cloud solutions that may save money and free up space. And just because you've fully integrated into the cloud doesn't mean you shouldn't consider bringing some of that data back home to an on-site server or a private cloud.

We encourage you to think not of Cloud Vs. On-Site, but Cloud plus On-Site. Clon-Site, if you will. Chances are, a hybrid solution will be the best solution. 


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