Cloud-based databases are valuable for businesses on plenty of levels, but when you consider how much risk you expose your organization to by using a public cloud over a private solution, you suddenly start to realize that the ramifications could be far beyond repair. Compared to the public cloud, a private solution presents a greater opportunity for security, flexibility, and customization.
Databases, by virtue of what they are used for, need to be both accessible while remaining secure. The cloud is a great resource to leverage for the former, but the latter can be challenging to leverage properly with a public cloud solution. It’s not enough to have the “relatively safe” mindset offered by public cloud solutions. You need to have a private cloud system that’s hosted on your in-house infrastructure, or on that of a trusted third-party service provider with dedicated server space for your data.
By working with a managed service provider that can provide you with adequate hosting and security, you can make for a much better experience with private cloud databases. Here are some topics to keep in mind when determining your private cloud hosting options.
Depending on the type of solution you’re going for, you can either implement a fully hosted private cloud on your service provider’s infrastructure, or you can host your private cloud solution in-house, maintained and managed by your in-house technicians.
Access to your cloud-based databases needs to be constant and consistent, as you never know when you’ll need to access the data contained on them (or add to them). You should shoot for maximum uptime and a reliable provider with a reputation for quality service.
Your private cloud databases give you great power and influence over the security of the chosen solution, but you need to make sure that you take advantage of it. Ask your cloud provider what kind of additional cloud infrastructure security they can offer for you, including secondary authentication measures, encrypted databases, and more.
Private cloud databases are great, but only if they can provide your business with accessibility on a flexible basis. You should be able to provide (or revoke) access to your private cloud on a whim, as your workforce can change by the day.
Choosing a cloud provider doesn’t have to be a pain. In fact, it’s downright easy if you have a solid IT provider like Washington Works around to back you up. We can host your business’ private cloud solutions on our servers where they will be protected, maintained, and managed without your business lifting a finger. To learn more, reach out to us at 301-571-5040.
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