Technical things go wrong. So what should businesses think about to ensure reliable and consistent operations with an added layer of complexity? The first step is recognizing that things will go wrong. Whether operations are in an in-house data center, an external commercial collocation data center, or in a hybrid cloud arrangement with workload split between in-house and cloud, the principles are the same.
Cloud Isn’t New
No matter what marketing would have us believe, cloud is not a new concept. It is simply remote hosting of some or all of the workload in a data center, and is not dissimilar in principle to 1960’s time-sharing services. The difference between 1964 and 2014 is the speed and data capacity of fiber optic cables, which open up a whole host of new possibilities to business owners.. But the principle remains the same as do the principles of resilient design. As some or all of the workload can be hosted remotely, the most critical new consideration is the communication between the user and data centers where cloud operations take place.
Securing The Right Data Partner
It is important that businesses choose a high quality data center, with strong data communications and cloud experience to help minimize risks. Any data center which says it has never had an outage of any sort is either too new to have a track record or is not training its sales staff to be honest. Even major players, with more money to