Feb 12, 2015
From production environments to disaster recovery in the cloud, organizations across industries have been steadily gaining confidence in this technology - and leveraging their options to gain a competitive advantage. Now, it seems leaders are planning to utilize complex configurations that involve more than one cloud to gain the most value out of the available systems.
According to a November 2014 survey by interconnection provider Equinix, enterprises around the globe intend to focus their information technology strategies not just on the cloud, but on systems linking more than one of these environments.
In particular, 77 per cent of respondents said they plan to put multi-cloud architectures in place within the next 12 months, using resources from more than one cloud provider for optimal "security, reliability and performance".
Furthermore, IT decision makers who participated in the study said they intend to deploy a number of business applications in the cloud, including storage and backup, disaster recover and business intelligence processes.
This emphasis on multiple-cloud systems and the intention to leverage the cloud for such processes point to some of the key advantages the architecture has to offer. One reason for utilizing more than one cloud provider is to disperse risk and gain security in storing important information in more than one geographical location.
For that reason, whether or not companies choose to place their primary environment and mission-critical applications in the cloud, the system is an attractive option for disaster recovery solutions. Both cloud-based and on-premise data can be backed up to additional cloud storage for added reliability and protection.
Of course, the key to any successful cloud and data management solution is to select services and vendors that facilitate efficient, cost-effective processes while maintaining a commitment to data protection and privacy.
For instance, by replicating data in real time to an Oracle standby database in the cloud, companies can maintain a binary copy of their main system, whether it's located in the cloud or on-premises. Then, they'll be able to switch to the secondary system in the event the primary system fails, minimizing downtime and data loss.