Data is an organization’s most important, strategic and competitive asset. With the majority of data now living in the cloud, or in transition to the cloud, organizations need to strategize their cloud data protection and management plans for secure and agile workloads.
Organizations that are not properly managing and securing their critical data are in great risk of losing more than just a few documents. They are in risk of downtime and loss in productivity with all the associated, and expensive, costs. In the worst possible scenario, if you aren’t properly aligning your data protection and cloud strategy your business could face the ultimate price, closing your doors for good.
To combat these risks, organizational decisions need to be driven by customer-first strategies and data driven decision moves. To bolster these decisions, data needs to be well protected and properly managed so that in the end they can positively affect productivity and profitability. IT leaders should provide the right guidelines and governance that protects the data that is the lifeblood of the organization, no matter where it lives – on-premise, in the cloud or both.
As the interest and growth in the cloud has aligned data protection and management services, it is directly correlated with the sharp escalation in regulatory requirements felt across industry verticals and the dramatic increase in security breaches. Cloud adoption needs to be fast, agile and secure for organizations to properly move business apps and workloads.
Here are four critical steps that all organizations should be considering when aligning data protection as part of their cloud strategy:
Consider the overall business goals
Where are your long-term company business goals? Are you considering where your business might be a few years down the road? Talk about c-level objectives that consider emerging markets, delivering customer innovation, acquisitions, mergers, etc. Do you want to own all your infrastructure or go public cloud? Maybe you need to go with the in between route with a Hybrid cloud where you need a mix of public and private. These factors could all have an impact on your cloud strategy.
Determine workload portability needs
Consider how workload requirements may change over time. Workloads that are on-premise today could move to the cloud tomorrow. Requirements change often and data might need moved. How will you manage these?
Consider data growth
Correctly anticipating data growth can be a hard task to complete – but it is critical that you are considering your data growth today and in the future. What business changes and new innovations can you consider to be critical that could impact the depth of the data that needs managed?
Scope how data will move to the cloud
Consider how data is moved to the cloud and what specifications needs to be paid attention to. Data movement is too critical for errors to slow or hinder the process. Human error is too palpable to not have a proper backup and recovery strategy in place.
With negative cyber-security statistics growing rapidly every day, it is crucial that organizations take all the proper precautions. Many organizations are trusting the knowledge and expertise of managed services providers to align their data protection and cloud strategies. They can help with solutions that make getting to the cloud simple and fast while managing all your data and cloud resources. A managed services provider will review the above steps with you to make sure that they can achieve your data protection and cloud strategy.
Learn more by contacting a Technology Consultant at NetServe365 today. They can provide the guidelines and governance that help ensure your organization makes the most successful moves for your critical assets.
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