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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.

Since cloud storage is far less expensive, your organization can retain more data on the cloud and have a shorter retention locally. Organizations 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 their local devices.  You no longer have to worry about purchasing more local storage, nor do you have to make difficult choices about what files to delete when you are running out of space.

  1. Savings: One of the biggest concerns you may have when making any sort of technology decision is the bottom line. Fortunately, a hybrid cloud backup solutions is cost effective.

The hybrid model keeps costs low for you. Why? Because you only need to purchase a local unit, while the rest of the infrastructure lies in the cloud.  You also won’t have to worry about purchasing expensive hardware, which will cut down on your capital expenditures.

  1. Virtualization: In the event of a disaster, be it natural or technical, you must be confident you’re your data is backed up and that it could be restored in a timely manner. When your small business experiences down time, you stand to lose a great deal of money as your technology support 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 hurricane or other natural disaster. So for instance, your organization, can failover to the cloud to avoid downtime, keeping your data and operations running smoothly.

Hybrid cloud business continuity solutions offer your Miami-based small business the best of both worlds: local and in the Cloud.

Give us a call and find out how to receive a free assessment on how a Cloud Business Continuity solution can help you business survive a unforeseen disaster. 

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