5 tips to build a successful Cloud Computing strategy

Cloud Computing has been driving innovation in almost all sectors of the market and offers multiple perks. To leverage the power of Cloud Computing, businesses need to have a solid Cloud Strategy in place.  But, with the number of options to choose from, admins usually have a hard time deciding which one to pick for their business and how much to invest in it.

Here are the top 5 tips to build a Cloud Computing Strategy for your business:

Select the right Cloud Type: It is one of the most important and confusing decisions when it comes to building a Cloud Computing strategy. Based on your budget and need, you need to carefully assess the pros and cons before selecting the right Cloud type for your business.

Evaluate your options: Earlier, Cloud Computing was adopted by SMBs for low-cost solutions. Now, many big companies are moving to Cloud to avail cost-cutting benefits. You need to see where you fit – it can be for IT support or to start a BYOD policy in your workplace or anything else. All you have to do is to consider your bandwidth needs and evaluate the reasons why you want to move to the Cloud.

Plan your budget: Storing important files on physical drives requires a fixed investment and so does the Cloud in terms of hiring the proper workforce. But, once the company has made a move to Cloud, the cost decreases gradually. You should plan your budget and invest in the size and type of Cloud that best fits your workload sizes and suits your pocket as well.
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Leveraging Cloud Computing for maximum business value

With the advancement in technology, there has been a shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. Barely a decade old, cloud computing has been a game changer in the tech world and if utilized correctly, it can prove to be advantageous to an enterprise. However, to ensure efficiency, care should be taken and detailed research is imperative while selecting the Cloud that best fits an organizations workload. Lower cost due to the elimination of capital expense, high speed of processes, scalability when necessary and reliability with respect to data backup and recovery are a few of the many benefits, that make Cloud Computing a must have.

In this article, we have listed the top 6 ways in which businesses can make use of Cloud Technology:

Virtualisation (Infrastructure-as-a-Service): Being cost-effective and scalable, it is one of the most attractive solutions for any enterprise. IaaS helps in reducing the investment on Physical hardware thereby reducing the IT and capital costs.

Application Development and Testing (Platform-as-a-Service): Constantly acquiring and installing new hardware and software becomes an expensive affair for any enterprise.­­ Thus, using a Cloud environment to develop applications proves to be a more practical choice. Developers can simply log-in to their Cloud platform and can access the tools required to create applications.
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Instant File Restoration – A whole new ball game for Data Backup on Azure

Since its inception, Azure Backup has played a vital role in helping enterprises back-up their data on-premises or in the Cloud. Recently, besides Backup-as-a-Service, Microsoft introduced Restore-as-a-Service for instant restore of enterprise data.

Using this service, enterprises can recover their data from previously created restore points without paying additional costs. With Instant Restore, you can not only create a writable snapshot of the recovery point but once you do this, you can create one or more ISCSI based recovery volumes. These can be browsed to recover items by simple copy-paste method from recovery volumes to your favorite destinations.

Benefits of using Azure Backup for Instant File Recovery:

  1. Single restore process – an enterprise may use Azure Backup Agent to back its on-premises data or may use Azure VM Backup to protect Azure VMs. They can instantly restore their data using Restore-as-a-Service model. It acts as a one-stop mechanism to immediately recover an enterprise’s files and folders.
  2. 2. Instant recovery – the option to instantly recover files from Cloud backup of Azure VMs or on-premises file servers, is one of the main advantages of Azure Backup. Whether an enterprise has accidently deleted a file/folder or is simply validating a backup, instant restore helps in reducing the downtime drastically while recovering the files.
  3. Review before restore – users can run and check files with the help of applications such as Oracle and SQL directly from the Cloud recovery point snapshots, without having to first restore them. In this way, they can review the final list of files before restoring them.
  4. Flexibility in recovery – Since Azure Backup provides the entire snapshot of the recovery point and relies on a copy of items for recovery; enterprise users can restore many files from multiple folders to a local server or even to a network share of their choice.

According to a recent update from Microsoft, customers using Azure Backup Agent and Azure VM Backup (Windows VMs) can avail Azure Backup Instant Recovery of files for preview. Click here to check how to instantly recover the files from Cloud recovery points using Azure Backup Agent.


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