One of the biggest problems which cloud computing companies are facing today is downtime. It should be clear that cloud computing technology has completely changed the world around us. Earlier storing data was a big problem but now with virtualization and servers, this is a lot easy to store the data in the cloud.
Systems have become more scalable and flexible with the improvement of cost models for everything from data storage to data recovery. Along with the advantages of cloud computing, the risks of a cloud platform makes you think twice before migrating to the cloud platform.
What is Downtime?
While surfing the internet, you must have noticed that some websites are down due to server error or due to increase in traffic, many websites display the message of a timeout. Downtime is when the service is not available due to some technical errors or error from the client side.
Cloud brokers mainly introduce the customers which are new at cloud technology to the cloud service providers and help them with understanding the cloud technology. When you are purchasing any cloud services, Service Level Agreement are signed in which the percentage of uptime is agreed by the cloud provider.
All providers commit 100% uptime but this is not always possible. Servers are also machines and every machine will have a downtime.
According to research, it is proved that the downtime has cost more than £45 over the last six years. The downtime issue is one of the biggest problems of cloud service providers. Downtime can be caused due to some server errors or any application is not functioning accordingly.
In this article, we will be discussing how your business can minimize the problems faced by downtime The solution is having the right support and technical support whenever the problem arises.
Further, you must follow these steps to mitigate risks of cloud downtime.
Accessing Cyber Security
Along with the evolving technology, the threats in the cyber world is also increasing day by day. The security measures which are effective this year may not be necessary means that the same security level will be applicable the next year.
More than half businesses running on the cloud environment believe that there is always a threat to the security of data and resources. The software should not be treated as set it and forget for rest of the time. The software used for security of confidential resources must be regularly checked and updated.
When it comes to cloud security specialists, there is a big deficiency and those who have a work experience are expensive for small and local businesses. The threats should be minimized and for that secure protocols should be used.
For securing the network, businesses should use managed firewall service to secure the network from attacks. The level of security may vary from organization to organization. But if you want to make sure that your system is always active, securing is the first step.
Data Backup and Recovery Plan Should be Must
If any organization’s facility is impacted, there must always be an alternative way to access the data. You can use disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) as it has an advantage of being able to access the backup from anywhere even when the primary system has been affected.
Data backup and recovery systems are available with all cloud computing deployment models i.e with public clouds, private clouds or hybrid clouds. The backup of service or data can be available within few hours or minutes.
The recovery of data would require either access an alternative backup stored at another or off-site location or wait for the previous version of an application to run after solving the issue of downtime.
Following the hybrid approach of data and disaster recovery reduces the overall risk of downtime.