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Cloud limits and your needs

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cloud limitsPopular clouds like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are console based orchestrators, enabling people to spin and administer the needed infrastructure themselves. They also come with a variety of features and add-ons, making the end solution very attractive.

Quite often, due to their scalability, these clouds appear like a massive computing resource, where performance limits are hard to reach.

One common performance issue people face relates to disk or storage performance.

During various tests, AWS or Azure have been seen, for example, doing thousands of IOPS and hundreds MBps of disk throughput at low latency. So one should expect that these environments may be the best place to run high performance virtual servers like SQL servers, which generally demand high IOPS and throughput at low latency.

The storage story: capacity and IO, these two are “not very good friends”

When it comes to storage, there will always be a concern that IO will be exhausted before space. From a business perspective, this will result in a waste of resources. Due to the automation introduced by the cloud consoles and the power the customers have to provision at will, if left without rules and caps, the entire environment will become oversubscribed with degraded performance as a result, leaving cloud providers struggling to deliver the IO without adding more unused capacity.

It is either the IOPS count or throughput that kills the storage. The throughput, if the storage is network based and not local, will also affect the network switches requiring fast switches with big buffers when throughput increases and bursts. Read More

Cloud Keeps Miami Businesses Running During Disasters

By | Business Continuity, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Servers, Disaster Recovery, Miami Datacenter, VMware Disaster Recovery | No Comments

Naples, UNITED STATES: Palm trees at a hotel bend in the fierce winds, 24 October, 2005, as Hurricane Wilma slams into Naples, Florida. Hurricane Wilma pounded Florida with torrential rain and some of the strongest winds in its arsenal early Monday as it came ashore in the southern US state, threatening death and destruction. An Air Force reconnaissance plane measured Wilma's winds at 193 kilometers (120 miles) an hour, slightly weaker than when it made landfall, but still making a strong category three storm. "It made landfall at 6:30 (1030 GMT) at Cape Romano," Eric Blake, an official with the National Hurricane Center, told AFP.Cape Romano is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Everglades City, Florida. Landfall marks the official arrival of a hurricane's when the center of its eye reaches land. Quiet usually reigns in the eye of such a storm, with no significant winds, which resume with a vengeance with the back wall of the eye hits land. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

As a Miami-based small business, you may think that the best strategy when it comes to moving your technology to the cloud, is to put it off until it seems less scary. The truth is that moving to cloud takes some consideration and planning. However, one area that you may consider as a starting point is a hybrid cloud Business Continuity solution.

This brief article will take a look at some of the added benefits that a back up and disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution, based on a Hybrid Cloud Backup, can deliver to your small business.

4 Reasons for a Hybrid Cloud Business Continuity

  1. Security: With a hybrid solution, your organization’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security. Then, your in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense.

In most cases, three distinct copies of each of your file exist – on the workstation or server, on a local device, and in the public cloud. In addition, encrypted files are stored off-site are available in case an unforeseen event, like a natural disaster, occurs. This should give you and your organization the peace of mind to know that your data is always accessible no matter what the circumstances

  1. Storage: Your organization also benefits from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that many small businesses have with a hybrid cloud solution.

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How Miami Small Businesses Benefit from a Hybrid Cloud Solution

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Today’s hectic businesses environment requires a backup solution that delivers much more than a traditional local only strategy. Given the constant risks your small business faces with your important data, it’s critical for you to ensure 1) that your data is protected and 2) that your data can remain operational in lieu of a system disruption. That’s where a hybrid cloud-based backup solution comes in.

According to analysts, hybrid solutions are the top desired features by today’s small businesses.

4 KEY REASONS WHY A BACKUP, RECOVERY & BUSINESS CONTINUITY SOLUTION BASED ON A HYBRID CLOUD MODEL IS PREFERRED

  • Security

With a hybrid solution, your company’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security (data insurance if you will). The in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense. In most cases, three distinct copies of each of your files exist – on the workstation or server, on the local device and in the public cloud.

  • Storage

Your organization also benefits from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that you may have with a hybrid cloud solution. Since cloud storage is far less expensive, you can retain more data on the cloud and have a shorter retention locally. Small businesses like yours are often concerned about space on local storage devices, and the cloud gives you the chance to make decisions about how long to store backups on your local devices.

You won’t have to worry about purchasing more local storage, nor do you have to make difficult choices about what files to delete when running out of space. Once again, it’s important to emphasize the peace of mind that this option provides. It eliminates a pain point that organizations have struggled with: limited resources dedicated to storage.

  • Savings

One of the biggest concerns you may have when making any sort of technology decision is the bottom line. Fortunately, hybrid cloud backup solutions are cost effective. The hybrid model keeps costs low. Because you only need to purchase or rent a local unit while the rest of the infrastructure lies in the cloud. It’s important to look for an IT company that could provide you with options.

  • Virtualization

In the event of a disaster, be it natural or technical, you should feel confident that your data was backed up, and that it can be restored in a timely manner. When organizations experience downtime, they stand to lose a great deal of money as IT strives to bring operations back online. In these instances, virtual machines (VM) can be the difference between downtime and uptime. VMs are copies of workstations or servers running on a server in the cloud.

Every aspect of the duplicated machine can be run from this virtual machine that lives in the cloud, and is therefore not vulnerable to localized phenomena, like a weather disaster. For example, in a disaster scenario, your organization’s server and or appliances could failover to the cloud to avoid downtime, keeping data and operations running smoothly and consistently, ensuring business continuity even when the winds are strong and the weather fierce.

Hybrid cloud backup solutions offer small business and many other organizations the best of both worlds, and play an essential part of a comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity strategy. The added benefits of Security, Storage, Savings and Virtualization should make the transition to a hybrid cloud solution a little easier, and hopefully alleviate any fears you may have of the cloud.

Anton Resnick is CEO of WebHosting.Net.