The initial investments for hybrid clouds are low, and you don't need to own all of the essential pieces of the puzzle. Further, you'll avoid maintenance costs as well as the steep power, cooling and physical expenses that come with on-premise data centers. And if you utilize a vendor with a purpose built cloud, ask if they have a cloud retention billing option to guarantee a predictable cloud bill each month.
Depending on your industry, you might face HIPAA, payment card industry (PCI), Sarbanes-Oxley or other regulated standards. Cloud services that are purpose-built for backup address these regulations and their mandates for emergency contingency plans and archiving capabilities by ensuring important emails or records never go missing.
For the channel, hybrid cloud is a boon for business. The solutions come with a lot of choice; you can retain ownership of devices and lease them to end-users or charge one-time implementation fees that cover the cost of devices. If you're reselling hardware to end-users, you can focus on your core capabilities by offering service and support on a monthly basis. With physical assets and service packaged together, you have multiple options for building unique, recurring revenue streams.
You want to know who is in control of your data environment. With hybrid cloud, you can better predict the pricing and roadmap of where your data lives. Additionally, if you work with a managed service provider (MSP), you won't give up control over your backup and disaster recovery infrastructure. If the vendor-controlled cloud is purpose-built for data retrieval, backup and continuity, it becomes a safety net for true disaster recovery efforts, and you can have an MSP regulate the local side of the backup infrastructure if needed. The result is decreased demand for manpower to support hybrid cloud solutions and fewer responsibilities, risks and expense to you.
Hybrid cloud backup brings together the best of the private and public cloud models to form a feature-rich, highly efficient and affordable system. Such a system is critical when disaster strikes, which it no doubt will, often in the form of something as commonplace as human error or a powerful storm. Hybrid cloud backup transforms what was once a difficult and prohibitively expensive process into one within reach of every business that values productivity and uptime.
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