The hybrid cloud is one of the most popular cloud models because of its flexibility and cost effectiveness. Forbes reported that hybrid cloud implementations are rising because they lead to operational efficiency, faster application development, and deeper business insights.
Adopting hybrid cloud enables companies to take advantage of the features and functionalities of both public and private cloud resources. When public and private cloud environments are combined through hybrid cloud, they allow organizations to manage their storage, run workloads according to security and compliance requirements, and create backup and disaster recovery environments.
However, as companies increasingly embrace the hybrid cloud model, they can create data security risks. After a breach of the hybrid cloud environment, data resiliency is the key to restoring important information.
Data Security Challenges in a Hybrid Cloud Environment
Public and private cloud instances in a hybrid cloud architecture must be connected by networks so data can be transmitted between them. When data travels along the network, it is at its most vulnerable. While in transit, data is exposed to being lost or stolen and compromised by bad actors.
Hybrid cloud environments require complex network configurations to connect cloud instances and applications that are run on private or public clouds. The complexity of the network leads to poorer visibility and confusion about whether network traffic is malicious.
While hybrid cloud may help a company boost its overall data resiliency by providing backup and disaster recovery resources, the hybrid cloud needs its own data resiliency measures.
The Role of Data Resiliency in Hybrid Cloud
Data resiliency is the ability of a company to bounce back after a traumatic event that results in the loss of mission-critical data. The faster and more completely data can be restored, the more resilient the company. The key components of data resiliency are data protection tools and strategies, such as backup and recovery, replication, encryption, and disaster recovery.
Data resiliency allows for the restoration of data after a hybrid cloud network has been attacked. Redundancy and instant failover will enable rapid recovery and restoration of compromised data. The shorter the recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs), the more seamless the business continuity.
As with any backup and disaster recovery plan, data resiliency strategies for hybrid cloud will need to be tested regularly to ensure they work when needed and adapt to trends in data resiliency.
Cohesity: Revolutionizing Data Recovery in Cloud Environments
Cohesity specializes in providing data security and management for the cloud. Cohesity Data Cloud is a cloud data management platform that protects data wherever it resides or travels, making it perfect for hybrid cloud environments. The distributed architecture of Cohesity Data Cloud can tolerate multiple failures, and its auto-healing capabilities preserve business continuity even when your company experiences a traumatic event.
Whether data is in public or private cloud resources of a hybrid cloud environment, Cohesity provides data protection, security, and mobility. Cohesity protects data with encryption whether at rest or in flight, immutability, and write once read many (WORM) and controls access through role-based access control (RBAC), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and quorum.
With data resiliency from Cohesity, your company can achieve near-zero RPOs and near-instant RTOs, as well as ensure your data integrity before restoring operations.
The Data Resilience Imperative for Hybrid Cloud Environments
As with any IT environment, the question is not if your hybrid cloud environment will experience a breach. The question is when.
The distributed nature of the hybrid cloud environment and the need to transmit data makes the hybrid cloud vulnerable to attack. Better to be safe than sorry by anticipating a breach and putting data resiliency measures in place that are tailored to hybrid cloud.
At ProActive Solutions, we understand that data resiliency is a key part of progressing on the journey to digital transformation. As companies like yours embrace new cloud models, you need to adapt your approach to data protection to accommodate a more complex cloud environment and supporting network. We partner with Cohesity so we can provide leading data resiliency solutions to our customers.
Find out more about how to increase the data resiliency of your hybrid cloud environment. Ask for a consultation from ProActive.