Handling the Security Concerns of Public vs. Private Cloud

The Cloud brings significant benefits to your IT operations. However, it also brings new security risks. While it is easy to get lost in the luster of the cloud, it is important to fully understand how to handle these newly emerging data risks. This is the only way that you can truly take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer.

There are two main factors that are driving organizations to the cloud. The first is flexibility. The cloud allows organizations to scale their data usage up or down with demand – while only paying for exact data usage. This model allows for agility within the business. The second benefit is cost-efficiency. You are able to eliminate the expenditure on servers and free resources up for revenue generating projects. And as I said earlier – you only pay for what you use, which eliminates operational waste. While you cannot forget about cloud migration and management costs, organizations are reaping the cost-effective model for organizational cost balance.

Security Concerns

Private cloud has a reputation of being more secure. You own the infrastructure and control it behind your own firewalls and preventative care. Don’t let this convince you that this data will never get hacked though. You still must consider things like insider threats and whims of nature. Also, management of security is on your own IT department – unless you outsource to a MSP. Do you have the resources, time, and employees to manage this inside your own walls though?

On the other hand, the public cloud has many benefits as well; protection behind an enterprise-class firewall, you are not alone when defending attacks, and you are protected from sudden demand surges. But along with these benefits, there are risks. The biggest risk that organizations are worried about is accessibility to your data. Anything that is connected over the internet is susceptible to threat actors and malicious activity.

A 2016 survey from Cloud Security Alliance states that more than two-thirds of respondents think that a key obstacle to cloud migration is the inability to apply the same security policies to your data in a public cloud environment as you can in a private, on-prem cloud infrastructure.

Security Solutions

There are ways to properly secure and mitigate cloud security risk. The first and most fundamental is thoroughly vetting your provider. Write down and ask the tough questions. A reputable cloud provider is willing to answer all questions that you have about their service. Here are a few key features to look out for:

  • Compliant with government regulations – SOC, HIPPA, etc.
  • How is data transferred to the cloud? Encrypted?
  • What security measures does the provider have in place for themselves – Preventative, Detection, Incident Response?
  • What kind of visibility do you have over the data? Health, performance, and security.

Cloud Security as a Joint Venture

The security of your cloud environment should be seen as a joint venture. The cloud provider is usually responsible for ensuring physical security of the data center – securing the network, sever hardware, and hosting. The customer is responsible for securing operating systems, applications and data running in the cloud accounts – unless other services are in place to be noted otherwise.

The managed service provider has a shared interest in your data’s security and will provide additional services to help you secure your IT environments. They will implement best security practices from limiting network exposures to full security monitoring and detection. Their teams have platforms in place that supply a level of visibility that most organizations cannot afford to implement. This includes, actions that are being taken place by end users to bad actors in your cloud environments. These security services work in conjunction with cloud management tools to correlate all events to fully understand the security posture of your organization. Many traditional tools are still effective as you expand your perimeter, but adding in extra layers into your security measures can only help you better secure and monitor your full environment.

Don’t let security concerns stop you from moving into a modern workforce with the cloud. If you are implementing adequate security procedures and talking to experienced managed services providers, you will be able to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer. Need help with cloud computing or security services? Contact NetServe365 today for a free assessment and demo!

 
 
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Hybrid Disaster Recovery Made Easy With The Cloud

Back in the day, organizations had to rely on manual disaster recovery options. This required physically shipping tapes offsite and hoping that you never had a need to use them. At the time, more functional disaster recovery options were expensive and required a site owned by the customer. In the past half a decade, the disaster recovery industry has changed – mostly due to the increase in cloud computing.

Cloud computing is revolutionizing disaster recovery solutions, for organizations of all sizes. The hybrid cloud has brought reliability and cost-efficiency to the market. This model of hybrid disaster recovery combines infrastructure as a service resources with remote resources offered by a managed services provider. This strategy allows for modern disaster recovery and quickly breaks down barriers like cost, availability and functionality.

The hybrid disaster recovery as a service is a great way for organizations to get their toes wet with the hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud has many benefits and it is usually seen as a quick win for organizations. Some of the benefits are:

  • The primary benefit of a hybrid disaster recovery solution is that companies do not need to build their own infrastructure to support disaster recovery processes. Instead, they rely on the managed services provider’s cloud infrastructure.
  • The second benefit is that hybrid disaster recovery is extremely elastic. You do not have to worry about having your own storage and equipment in a data center facility, especially one you may not use very often. With this model, you can easily scale up and down by only paying for your exact usage.
  • When working with hybrid cloud disaster recovery solutions you are working with virtualized infrastructure. This enables you to back up data and applications at the VM level which simplifies the process.

Quick Recovery with Remote Services

The hybrid cloud supports disaster recovery solutions with quick recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Because remote cloud services offer both cloud computing and storage resources, both applications and data can be remotely replicated. Applications in the cloud can failover quickly in the event of a disaster. This allows companies to have the ability to immediately restore data from the cloud environment to a local site.

Secure Recovery

You mustn’t forget security as well. It is important that you are following best practices when it comes to data transferring. Always encrypt your data. Some managed backup and recovery solutions will include this, along with compression and deduplication services. Make sure that you are getting these in your solution. It is also important that your hybrid recovery solution can accommodate legacy backups as well. You may not be able to failover these applications the same way as other software.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes down to your hybrid cloud recovery solution is testing. A hybrid disaster recovery solution enables the provider to easily plan and test for any issues that could come up. A provider will support any issues that arise, 24/7/365. Have peace of mind that your organization is supported all day and night, weekends and holidays. Sometimes the peace of mind is well worth the investment alone.

 
 

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Aligning data protection and your cloud strategy with a MSP

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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Managed Cloud Services: Enhancing Flexibility and Manageability

Cloud computing has transformed the way that enterprises drive business performance while achieving unparalleled performance. The cloud turns extensive amounts of data into actionable insight that can be easily scaled to rapidly meet the growing demands of organizations. The cloud can convert a prior disconnected office into an efficiently connected team. With the right tools, you can unlock insights that empower a more innovative and agile environment that can withstand the constantly evolving conditions of today’s business world.

Let’s break these benefits down even farther:

Increased agility and availability

The cloud gives employees the ability to have on-demand access to critical business information using nearly any device, from virtually anywhere. This allows for employees to give priority to critical issues as soon as they need addressed.

Managed Costs

Achieve manageable costs due to the scalable and pay-as-you-grow nature of the cloud. Reduce the total cost of ownership and improve cost-efficiency by closely aligning your cost to your organization’s demand pattern.

Flexibility and Reliability

The cloud allows for a flexible environment that supports a broad selection of operating systems, databases, devices, etc.

Smaller footprint

With off-premise infrastructures you can significantly decrease your operational footprint and environmental impact. Dramatically improve your equipment utilization and energy efficiency while substantially reducing your IT costs and operational waste.

Security

Cloud adoption is predicted to grow 45% by next year, according to a recent IDC report. With this growth, you can expect to see an increase in cyber-attacks. Cloud security is a big concern for IT professionals, therefore cloud providers are increasing their security tactics and precautions with storage solutions. Providers have a shared interest in your data’s security and will provide solutions to help fully secure your IT investments.

Cloud Support Challenges

The reality in your cloud purchase is that if you did not go through a MSP or Cloud Service Provider, you might not receive management or security services after all is said and done. Many organizations might not have the proper skillsets, budget, or time to properly manage and secure a cloud environment. And this is something that should not be taken lightly. The risks of data loss and data breaches are at an all-time high. Proper management and security precautions can make the difference between smooth operations and closing your doors for good.

Limited skill sets on internal team

Cloud platforms are functionality and integration rich and your current skillset might not be equipped to handle. Partnering with a MSP will ensure true optimization of usage and functionality so you get the most out of your IT investment.

Limited budget to hire

Budget will always and forever be an issue. Many organizations don’t have the budget to hire and staff IT professionals at the level needed for daily – and 24/7 – cloud operations.

Time consuming

Your data never sleeps, why should your monitoring and management? Most organizations don’t have the staffing to have 24/7/365 operations. What happens when there’s an issue in the middle of the night or on the weekends? On top of 24/7 support, a lot of organizations are having trouble juggling revenue generating projects and daily operations.

Cloud Managed Services

Because of these challenges many organizations are turning to Managed Service Providers for 24/7/365 cloud managed support. Your enterprise technology systems have an impact on your business performance. However, managing these complex systems are challenging and can be an impediment to achieving your goals.

Protect your business from the challenges related to building and supporting your cloud environments. With managed cloud services, you can achieve instant access to critical data anywhere and at any time while offloading the time-consuming tasks of monitoring and optimization. Managed cloud services allow organizations to shift focus to growth and profitability by:

  • Properly allocating and freeing up IT resource requirements to reduce costs
  • Proactively monitoring systems to mitigate risk
  • Quickly and efficiently resolve performance issues to minimize downtime
  • Streamline processes and workflows to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Optimize IT environments to improve performance
  • Provide insightful data reporting to improve decision making

Accelerate your business by improving the availability and performance of your systems with managed cloud services. NetServe365 recently released Azure Managed Services. Azure is a scalable and agile platform that won’t break the bank. Our Azure Managed Services leverages our fully staffed operations center, advanced support teams, continuous monitoring platform, and management tools. We have blended these capabilities together to create ongoing security and flexible operations so the client gets the most out of their Microsoft Investment. With this service, you receive 24/7/365 Azure Monitoring, Proactive Management, Help Desk Support, and Incident Response for your Azure Environment. Not sure where to start? Contact us today to discuss how NetServe365 can size, plan, deploy, and manage your Azure Cloud.

 
 

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5 Qualities You Want In a Cloud Service Provider

Let’s admit it -the cloud market is hot right now. While certain cloud capabilities have been massively popular for quite some time now (hosted email and file storage), full cloud infrastructures are growing in an aggressive upward path. While this is great news for the cloud providers, it is also great news for organizations that are moving toward the cloud model.

With obvious competition, economics tells us that competition in the cloud market will breed better pricing and better products. There are other elements of cloud computing that are being effected with this growth as well, but one of the most important changes are with security.

Many organizations are fearful of the cloud because they don’t want their sensitive data on another person’s servers. Most of the time these fears can be swept away with information about the managed service providers security measures or tours of the data centers used. No matter what, it is something that we see and hear a lot of. Demonstrating to clients how IT service providers safeguard information can make or break the decision-making process.

As technology gets increasingly sophisticated, it can be difficult to pick and choose who to select as your cloud service provider. To help you identify the right choice for your organization, here are some qualities to look for in your search?

What to look for in a cloud service provider

A Robust Data Center

If you are going to rely on your provider’s servers at their data center, you need to know everything there is about where your information is stored. Learn about the data center’s physical and environmental controls, monitoring and alerting services that go with the cloud service, redundancies, security measures, and 24/7/365 staffing.

For instance, NetServe365 has partnered with Iron Mountain located outside the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The data center is located 220 feet underneath the ground in a zero-seismic zone and is staffed 24/7/365. It offers redundant power feed coming from two substations that are fed by two separate power grids. We send our data over to the data center and monitor and manage it 24/7/365 from our headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.

Strong, Confident Client Base

Technology is only as good as the engineers behind it. Don’t be afraid to ask the cloud service provider for references and who their client base is. Check into the industries they serve and if they have any clients like them that they have dealt with. Check for any past security issues and that they are generally a trust worthy team.

Disaster Recovery Capabilities

Your cloud needs to be equipped to handle any disaster that comes your way. Backups are critical but are insufficient on their own. Make sure to ask if automatic fail-overs are possible in the event of internet, power, and hardware failures. Also, make sure your data is replicated to a secondary location so that you have a backup plan in case your environment has an issue.

Data Security Policies

Question about written documentation on permissions, malware protection, patching policies and procedures, incident response policy, and other security policies in place. All matured managed service providers are going to willingly show you this information so you can understand how internally they are set up to enhance the security of both parties.

Future Security Initiatives

When you hear an IT Service Provider saying they are content, that should be a red flag – especially when it comes to security. Technology is constantly changing and so are cyber criminals. Managed service providers should be constantly advancing their security measures to align with this.

These are just a few suggestions to ask when checking out cloud providers. There are endless of questions that you should be checking off your list from security measures to staffing requirements. This is just a jump start list for your search. Don’t be scared to ask the tough questions.

NetServe365 is a managed service provider that offers a full range of cloud hosting options from their operations center headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Contact us today for more information on a cost-effective and flexible cloud for your organization.

 

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Cloud Security: Protecting your Cloud Environment like a Boss

Cloud computing is a must-have for all organizations, no matter the size or industry. Many businesses are entrusting their data in hybrid cloud approaches for a more flexible, cost-saving, and secure solution. With this though, cloud security is still a big concern for IT professionals.

 
Cloud adoption is predicted to grow 45% by 2018, according to a recent IDC report. This significant growth can also attest for a large increase in cyber-attacks. With the changing atmosphere of technology, cyber-criminals are adapting their attack methods and finding new ways to target threats and vulnerabilities in the cloud.
 
When figuring out how to handle security challenges, it is important to consider how your threat landscape changes as you progress through on premise to the cloud. Also, don’t forget to consider the security resources that your managed service provider offers. Find out how they strengthen your cloud security approach in addition to your current solutions.
 
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Cloud Security as a Joint Responsibility

Cloud security should be seen as a shared responsibility, not just a singular activity. The managed service provider is usually responsible for ensuring physical security of the data center (building access to the securing of network and server hardware and hosting virtual machines). The customer is responsible for securing operating systems, applications and data running on the cloud accounts – unless other services are in place to be noted otherwise.
 
On that note, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have a shared interest in your data’s security and provide many services to help you easily secure your IT investments. They can help you implement security best practices from limiting network exposures to full security monitoring. Many MSPs have in place highly-technical platforms that can supply a level of visibility that most organizations cannot afford. They can see what actions are taking place by end-users and bad actors in your cloud environments. The security services can work in conjunction with your cloud-based security management tools by correlating all events to fully understand the security posture of your organization. Many traditional tools are still effective as you expand your perimeter, but adding in extra layers into your security measures can only help you better secure and monitor your full environment.
 

Common Attack Strategies in the Cloud

Cloud environments face many of the same security challenges as on-premises deployments do, including familiar strategies. Many of the attack strategies that exist in on-premises infrastructure persist in the cloud and can be dealt with using tradition tools like firewalls. However, attack strategies can manifest in the cloud somewhat differently than in on-premises due to the unique architecture and scalability.
 
Here are four types of well-known attacks and how managed service providers protect against them:
 

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

DDoS attacks have a simple strategy, flood a service with so much traffic until it crashes. Hackers will get a large amount of botnet hosts to send requests repeatedly to a target. Because the hosts are spread across so many different locations, traditional defense tactics aren’t effective for this type of attack. The DDoS attack strategy has the same pattern whether the attackee is hosted on prem or in the cloud. This is a numbers game though between the attacker’s resources and the victims networking and computing capabilities. In the cloud, your resources are elastic, so you can add more resources to meet a sudden spike in demand. This provides some resilience against these attacks but can cost more as you add additional resources. Another thought to consider is that cloud environments are sometimes shared. A DDoS attack against another user’s system can potentially drain resources from your workloads and cause your services to become slow or unavailable.
 

Exploiting Vulnerabilities

Attackers will discover vulnerabilities in an operating system or application and download malware to be able to gain control of the system. Once the attacker has a foothold inside the environment, he or she can find targeted data.
 
It is important to have a strong vulnerability management program in place to minimize the attack surface of your environment. By proactively identifying and fixing vulnerabilities you can reduce the likelihood of an attack. Staying up-to-date on patching is a good first start. Managed service providers can provide extra services that will manage your patching processes and make sure that you are securing your systems.
 
Going a step further, it is important to not only do patches, but continuously conduct vulnerability assessments and impact analysis on your assets in the cloud. This requires a comprehensive security management solution that can bring together the 5 security essentials: asset inventory, vulnerability scanning, security information and event management (SIEM), behavioral monitoring, and intrusion detection. In a unified view, you can understand your threat landscape and learn how to remediate issues.
 
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Brute Force Attacks

One of the most common security exploits are brute force attacks. The idea behind these is once again very simple: try all the possible combinations of passwords until an attacker finds the one that works. These attacks persist because there are many automated tools available with digests that help crack accounts. In addition, human error is often a weak link in the workforce.
 
Arguably, many cloud services will have multi-factor authentication that can improve defenses against password compromise. However, the only real defense is to have good enterprise password practices in place. Default account credentials, if not properly changed and managed, can be publicly accessible from the internet. You don’t want to give attackers the key to the kingdom that easily.
 

Conclusion

There are many ways that attacks can happen when you move from on-premises to the cloud. It is important that you partner with a managed service provider that will have your company’s best security interests in mind when migrating over. Explore your security options and don’t forget to ask important questions about the manage service providers security policies and services.

Security Threats and Cloud Computing: How to Overcome

Cloud Computing Services can have many benefits to clients – lower cost, flexibility, ability to scale up or down, easy billing and usage metering, elasticity, and much much more. However, along with these benefits many can easily see the security threats associated with cloud computing that is holding back adoption for IT departments.

Cloud Computing Services can have many benefits to clients – lower cost, flexibility, ability to scale up or down, easy billing and usage metering, elasticity, and much much more. However, along with these benefits many can easily see the security threats associated with cloud computing that is holding back adoption for IT departments.

While there is no stopping the cloud computing movement – you can make sure that you have the best IT support for whatever gets tossed at your organization. A well trained Managed Service Provider can help your organization with cloud computing adoption and a holistic security plan so you can experience only the benefits of the cloud and not the security threats everyone worries about.

Here are the top security threats facing cloud computing adoption & how a MSP handles them:

Data Breaches

Cloud environments have many of the same threats as traditional networks do. However, because of the large amounts of data stored on cloud servers, security must be a top priority. Exposed sensitive, health, trade, and intellectual property can be a devastating loss for company, sometimes a business-closing loss. When data breaches occur, companies can face fines, law suits, or criminal charges due to the leaked data. On-top of this, the fees for investigations, customer notifications, and ramifications can quickly add up. There is also indirect effects, such as reputation loss.

Exploited System Vulnerabilities

System vulnerabilities have become a bigger problem with the advent of multitenancy in cloud computing. Organizations share memory, databases, and other resources creating new attack surfaces. However, regulator vulnerability scanning, monitoring, patch management, and quick follow up on threats can help mitigate risk for your organization.

Permanent Data Loss

Data disasters do happen and it’s best practice to be prepared for the worst. Whether it’s a malicious attack or natural disaster it is important to fully protect your valuable information. Natural disasters actually are the least likely to occur, but you can’t predict when something will happen. For example, recently when Storm Matthew hit in the Atlantic, destroying Haiti, the Bahamas, and eastern states like Florida and the Carolinas. It is important to have a fully equipped data backup and disaster recovery solution that distributes your data and applications across multiple secure zones for added protection. Completing regular backups and maintaining an off-site storage center is crucial to secure data.

Compliance violations and regulatory actions

These days, most organizations operate under regulatory control. Whether you are under HIPPA, FERPA, or any other government and industry standard, organizations must know where their data is, who is able to access it, and how it is being protected. Being out of compliance can have some big repercussions. Expert cloud service providers will make sure that they are compliant in all ways, from having the proper experienced and certified engineers, compliant data center, encrypted and secure transfers to the cloud, and much more. It is important when looking into cloud computing services to ask the proper questions about your compliance needs. Managed Services Providers will have the experience and knowledge about compliance and will be able to help you plan a secure and compliant way to handle your data.

Loss in Customer Trust

When you experience a data breach or disaster of some sort, unfortunately you will experience some customer distrust. Ultimately this can lead to a loss in customers and loss in revenue. Because of this, it is so very important to make sure that your organization and service provider are taking all the security measures to protect your data.

The market for cloud computing is expected to grow to $191 billion by 2020, according to Forrester. This is up from $91 billion in 2015. There is no slowing the cloud adoption movement. IT departments must work with the newest trends to make sure your organization stays as secure as possible by utilizing a combination of security basics and next-generation technology. The best way to handle top-notch security is to partner with an IT specialist for managed security. By doing so, you will have knowledgeable support from certified and trained experts to help your organization create a security plan. Interested in learning more about cloud computing services or managed security? Contact the experts at NetServe365 today for an in-depth conservation with our technology consultants. Contact us today!

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Digital Infrastructure Passes Physical for the First Time

In May, a new study has been released from Microsoft that has found that organizations now rely on digital infrastructure more than they do on physical infrastructure for the first time ever. So, what does this mean? The findings from the study show that cloud computing solutions have now taken over any other type of deployment model in information technology.

In May, a new study has been released from Microsoft that has found that organizations now rely on digital infrastructure more than they do on physical infrastructure for the first time ever. So, what does this mean? The findings from the study show that cloud computing solutions have now taken over any other type of deployment model in information technology. As businesses morph to align with the constant technology advancements and complexities, they will become more dependent on the digital world to deliver products and services to their customers. The study shows 57% of organizational infrastructure will be digital (compared with physical infrastructure) in two years, up from today at 51%.

The worldwide market for cloud computing solutions is expected to grow to $136 billion by 2019, up from $72 billion in 2015

Achieve Business Goals with Cloud Computing Solutions

The cloud computing market is still in the early stages of evolution, with tons of opportunities to grow. Most people have heard or used the cloud – sometimes even without knowing. For example, your iphone cloud, dropbox, office 365, or any online storage program. Many organizations are embracing the cloud in some shape or form because of the inherent flexibility, scalability, and cost efficiency. According to the study, 85% of customers are beyond the discovery phase, but only 15% have reached broad implementation. There are still some worries when it comes to cloud implementation (mostly because of security reasons), but many organizations are seeing it as a way to achieve business goals. Organizations are finding that they are able to increase revenue, improve product quality, and lower overall costs when using cloud computing services.

MANAGED SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR CLOUD COMPUTING
Organizations are trusting cloud computing providers, such as a managed service provider (MSP), to play an important role in their cloud solutions, whether it be for a “personal trainer” to the cloud, colocation, or a full outsourced solution. The study shows that managed service providers are seeing high loyalty rates when it comes to cloud computing solutions, with 95% of respondents indicating that they plan to stay with their current primary it support services provider for the upcoming year. Organizations are turning to MSPs to find a trusted relationship and expert team that will act as an extension to their current staff to guide and act as an advisor when it comes to IT decisions. MSPs are known for filling expertise gaps, saving time and money, and providing valuable support when and where the client needs it because of their customer-centric model.

Final Thoughts
The opportunities that accompany cloud computing solutions are limitless – as technologies continue to advance, organizations will have to align their technology with the current trends to stay afloat. It is important to find the right cloud computing provider to help your organization choose the most efficient and cost effective cloud deployment for your organization – private, public, or a mix of both with hybrid cloud. NetServe365 is able to provide cloud computing solutions that able your organization to work smarter, faster, and more competitively. Contact us today to talk to our cloud experts.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Hybrid Cloud

There are primary two deployment models for cloud computing management: Private and Public Cloud. A private cloud is a type of cloud computing solution that delivers self-service and scalability through a proprietary architecture that is dedicated to a single organization.

There are primary two deployment models for cloud computing management: Private and Public Cloud. A private cloud is a type of cloud computing solution that delivers self-service and scalability through a proprietary architecture that is dedicated to a single organization. On the other hand, pubic cloud computing is an on-demand and elastic IT-enabled multi-tenant environment that you can access anywhere over an internet connection. As organizations are seeking for more flexible, cost-saving, and secure solutions, many are turning to a Hybrid Cloud Computing Management model. To learn more about how a Hybrid cloud computing solution works and if it’s right for your organization, read more below!

A Hybrid cloud is a flexible approach that integrates both public and private clouds to perform distinct functions for the same organization. Private and public cloud computing infrastructures remain unique entities, but become connected through standardized technology that allows for data and application portability. Both private and public clouds offer certain efficiencies, but depending on your organizational needs choosing the wrong option can lessen the cost efficiency and end user performance. Therefore, an organization can maximize efficiencies by having on-demand access to scalability in the public cloud for non-sensitive operations and still maintain sensitive business data they want to keep behind their firewalls on a private cloud.

When working with an IT managed service provider for hybrid cloud computing solutions, you will be able to employ public cloud services for all non-sensitive data and will only have to rely on a private cloud where you require it. The MSP will make sure that all platforms are seamlessly integrated to create a practical and user-friendly platform. They will sign you up for their public cloud service, integrate it into private cloud infrastructure, and then you will be able to decide where data best fits. For example, when following the hybrid cloud model, an MSP can host a financial organization’s sensitive client data on a private cloud where it is kept more secure behind extra layers of security, and then allow for employees to collaborate on project planning in the public cloud, as it can be easily accessed by multiple users as long as they are on an internet connection.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Computing Management

The Hybrid Cloud Service offers a mix of both the public and private cloud to completely allow your organization to maximize efficiencies, including scalability, cost efficiency and security. Keep reading to learn more.

Scalability – Both public and private clouds offer levels of scalability for organizations. The public cloud is easily scaled up or down with fewer boundaries, depending on your organizational needs. IT Managed Service Providers will offer their cloud service as a pay as you grow model, so your costs can move with your demand. Hybrid Cloud Computing management is a great mix of a practical public cloud, but still offers the direct control of a private cloud.

Cost Efficiency – When comparing public and private clouds for cost, public cloud will always have a cheaper sticker price because you do not have the upfront cost of infrastructure. However, it doesn’t always mean that it is the right choice for your organization depending on your cloud computing needs. When you follow the Hybrid cloud model, you can receive the best of both worlds by leveraging the cost efficient structure of the public cloud for non-sensitive data while still fully protecting your business critical data in the private cloud.

Security – With Hybrid cloud, you have the access to a private cloud to provide extra layers of security for where it is needed for sensitive information, all while satisfying regulatory and compliance requirements for data handling and storage.

Flexibility – The availability of both secure private resources and scalable cost effective public resources can provide organizations with more opportunities to maximize all efficiencies to explore different operational avenues.

IS THE HYBRID CLOUD A PERFECT OPTION FOR YOUR COMPUTING NEEDS?

Enterprise architecture is often so complex that a hybrid cloud is the best solution to reduce spending and difficulties, while creating a practical and secure environment for operations. Hybrid models are continuously getting more popular with large organizations that want to explore the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud. They can test certain data in the public cloud while maintaining sensitive data in dedicated infrastructure. Sometimes organizations are hesitant to store all their data and applications in the public cloud for a number of reasons; compliance, security, end user performance requirements, and many more. With the Hybrid Cloud Computing Services, you will be able to explore both options of the public and private clouds.

NetServe365’s Hybrid Cloud

NetServe365 is an IT Managed Service Provider specializing in Cloud computing solutions in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland surrounding areas. We will work with your organization to supply a flexible and secure Hybrid Cloud computing service that is tailored to your organization’s computing needs. We can provide a practical path for migration to the cloud for easy start up that allows you to leverage the security of the private cloud with the flexibility of the public cloud. Our expert engineers can supply expertise support and knowledge throughout the whole process so we can strategically plan your solution. Contact us today to have an in-depth conversation with our cloud computing management experts.

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The Three Pillars to a Strong Disaster Recovery in Cloud Computing

One of the more important IT support services that Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are offering is disaster recovery in cloud computing. However, the ultimate goal can sometimes get hidden behind the bells and whistles of automated data backup and disaster recovery solutions. When you get down to the nitty gritty of a strategically planned cloud data backup and disaster recovery solution, the end goal is business continuity – can your business survive when the worst possible scenario happens?

One of the more important IT support services that Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are offering is disaster recovery in cloud computing. However, the ultimate goal can sometimes get hidden behind the bells and whistles of automated data backup and disaster recovery solutions. When you get down to the nitty gritty of a strategically planned cloud data backup and disaster recovery solution, the end goal is business continuity – can your business survive when the worst possible scenario happens?

Now, don’t get me wrong – the technology behind a properly planned solution can make or break the effectiveness when the time comes. But, to make sure that your orgianization is properly prepared, there is more to business continuity planning than cloud data backup itself. It is a proper balance between Backup and Recovery Technology, a solid IT Recovery Plan, and Business Resilience. It is important to build up these three pillars to fully achieve readiness for any situation that can come your way. Keep reading to find out why these three pillars are so imporant to disaster recovery in cloud computing.

Cloud Backup and Recovery Technology

Automated Backup has changed the world of disaster recovery solutions. With backup moving to the cloud, it is easier than ever to set up an effective solution for your organization. Disaster Recovery in Cloud computing has solved the flaws of the old tape system, such as misplaced tapes and failed backups. You are now able to schedule backups (including testing of backups) and replicate these to an off-site cloud data center for an extra layer of protection. All while, ensuring all relevant business critical information stays up-to-date. A MSP is able to monitor your backups and respond to alerts if any issues come up, 24/7/365. You will finally be able to achieve peace of mind that your data is safe and ready to be recovered in the case of a disaster.

IT Recovery Plan
The next big important step in your cloud disaster recovery solution, is your IT recovery plan. It is important to fully document what would be needed if a disaster would occur. Your plan should include each step to get systems up and running again and how to recover lost data from your stored backups. It is best practice to prioritize all your steps and assign the tasks to trustworthy employees. Then, you must take the time and educate your staff on how to handle the emergency. Store your documented plan in a safe place that everyone can get to when the time comes.

Business Resilience

In the end, this might be the biggest component of disaster recovery cloud computing. Resilience in a business isn’t something that comes naturally – It takes countless hours of accurate and cautious planning. It is important to have a fully document plan, not only for IT, but for the whole entire company with business processes, staffing, hours, and how to run business from a remote site or even the employee’s home. It is important to have every detail down from escalation process to what is expected from individual employees. So, you can see that this isn’t directly dealing with IT, but IT supports the ability for the business to continue on after a disaster.

NetServe365 Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

NetServe365 is a Pittsburgh Managed IT Services Provider that can supply a fully management cloud data backup and disaster recovery solution for your organization. Contact us today to talk to one of our experts. You can also contact us by calling 1-800-504-4876.

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