How Hybrid Cloud Computing Has Taken the Market by Storm

If you’re still viewing the hybrid cloud as something outside of your IT strategy, or adoption plan, it’s time to change your thinking. In a recent study conducted by Cisco, and several other partners. The report uncovered, of the IT departments surveyed, 65% hope to prioritize the cloud as we begin 2018. This was a shocking number to most, as hybrid clouds have been around for some time.

Hybrid Cloud Wants vs Needs

The hybrid cloud has become a critical component of companies’ efforts in moving towards a “digital transformation.” Regardless of business size, technology leaders in your business need to begin weighing their options when it comes to on-premise infrastructure and cloud platforms.

For most, cloud platforms were enterprise-class in all respects and should encompass Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform (PaaS) and Infrastructure (IaaS), with a high level of integration between them all. Many believe hybrid cloud solutions using public and private platforms offer the greatest benefits and commonality with on-premises infrastructure. Enabling your business to move workloads once stuck on-premise between private and public clouds.

That’s a serious list of requirements – thankfully, cloud providers are already moving in this direction. With Microsoft offering Azure, Microsoft 365, and a hybrid-stack for those with AWS. It’s no wonder they have taken off as the cloud leader. With Azure recently boasting several SQL Server enhancements, including in-memory support and the ability to move SQL Server applications to the cloud for seamless hybrid cloud use.

What Does It Mean for Business Owners?

With a growing list of cloud vendors in the market, we have already begun seeing solutions that over-promise, and under-deliver. Many are still skeptical of the cloud, having given Azure’s Active Directory a try. Using the security management of Azure and Microsoft, businesses can secure the identity of employees, their access, and some minor support. Encouraging the adoption of the hybrid cloud and safer computing networks.

With these innovations in cloud computing, you get vast transformative capabilities. With scalable platforms that enables you to deploy new applications, augment resources, and move apps between clouds. It’s these tools we see as the first steps in workload and process automation. It’s time your information technology began working for you – if poised correctly, the hybrid cloud can be the answer to the technology innovation your business has been lacking.

Clare Computer Solutions has provided the SF Bay Area with IT support and consulting services for over three decades. Realize the power of your technology today – Contact us to begin using the cloud to answer some of your largest technology questions.

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Educating Partners On Risk Management & Disaster Recovery

According to the data, there were a total of 3 natural disasters in the state of California in 2018, resulting in $180.8 billion in insured losses. That’s up from the $23.8 billion last calculated in 2016. With a bad wildfire season just around the corner for the Bay Area, we’ve already seen an active Winter, with mudslides, and flooding through-out, followed by that sweltering California heat.

Despite their frequency, natural catastrophes aren’t the only disasters you and your customers have to worry about. The rest is attributed to instances such as data corruption, system failure, and human error. In fact, hardware failure is responsible for half the downtime that small to midsize businesses experience.

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Multi-Factor Authentication: Locking down Your Business Data from Hackers

Logging into systems has been common for information workers for decades. The idea was, only you would know your login and password, and this would keep your information safe. The company data you’re protecting is more important than ever, and the tools cyber-criminals employ to get access to your data are growing in sophistication – making multi-factor authentic the best fit for most businesses.

Security experts have been recommending multi-factor authentication as a means of protecting access to systems for years, but what does the term mean?

What Is Multi-factor Authentication:

Multi-factor authentication adds different levels – in addition to what you know, it may also employ “who you are,” (Biometrics) or “what you have.” (physical token, or personal device) Using more than one level of authentication makes “hacking” into your accounts nearly impossible. The largest benefit to most businesses securing their data with multi-factor authentication is the use of single sign-on.

We’ve grown accustomed to passwords that must be changed every so often. However, multi-factor authentication often employs information that is generated when you try and log in, and is used only once, creating a different set of credentials each time.

Does this add complexity to the user experience? Yes, by design – but if you’ve ever watched someone quickly scan an access card (something they have) and then enter a quick code (something they know) to access a facility, you can see how quickly this can become routine.

Adoption of Multi-Factor Authentication:

For many vertical industries, companies must comply with regulations regarding physical and technical security. Those who provide services, or support to those companies should also be familiar with its compliance as well. Multi-factor authentication is no longer an “enterprise product.” Being found in such technology as Office 365, Microsoft 365, G-Suite (Gmail), or the latest cloud environments.

Wish to Enhance Security in Business-Line Applications?

Clare Computer Solutions can help your company evaluate options for multi-factor authentication, and then implement the solution that best suits your needs. Contact us to get started – the stakes are too high to wait.