Small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) need cost-effective ways to transition from standalone computers and small networks to a more enterprise setup that goes easy on the wallet. A hybrid cloud setup lets the business owner use the cloud for its advantages while maintaining an internal network for small tasks such as file sharing, proprietary applications and network authentication.
Determine What the Business Absolutely Needs In-House
Before applications and data move to the cloud the business owner and IT managers must sit down and create a plan that allows employees to get the job done. Applications such as Office can run in-house and on the users’ desktops. Applications used company-wide are better run in the cloud. For instance, the main CMS dashboard that manages customers can run in the cloud so that even users working from home or business people traveling can access the company software.
Use the Cloud for Data Storage and Performance
Data storage and high quality servers cost thousands of dollars for a new business. Using the cloud, the business owner can store gigabytes and even terabytes of data for the cost of a cloud account — instead of purchasing drives, high-performance servers and networking hardware to handle the large data traffic.
The only requirement for the internal network is networking equipment that connects the business users to the Internet. The internal business network can be wireless or hard-wired. The hybrid setup requires network adapters and an internal router to handle the internal users, and the cost for this hardware is minimal in comparison to hosting servers and equipment in-house. In addition to the cost of network hardware, a business broadband account is needed to connect the business to the Internet. These costs are much lower than a full enterprise network with servers and software.
Incorporate Software that Stores Shared Data in the Cloud
The point of the cloud is availability as well as affordability. For data that is shared across the network to other employees, use the cloud structure in the hybrid network. This technique feeds all the corporate data to the cloud, stores it, and lets the user share the data with other network users or vendors and affiliates. The cloud makes it more convenient for SMBs to share data, and it costs nothing to send a document or data to an external business.
Keep any extremely sensitive data in the internal network. The network router blocks Internet traffic from entering the business network, so sensitive data is protected from hackers. If the business targets the cloud for all hosted software and support, the IT manager doesn’t need to open ports and make the internal network vulnerable to Internet traffic.
When creating a hybrid network, consider what needs to be housed in the internal network, which is typically only a few applications and secure files on executive computers. The hybrid setup is much cheaper than setting up a full internal network with web hosts, storage servers and database servers. With high-performance servers, the users can work with a faster system even with Internet traffic.
Author Bio:- Jennifer Marsh is a software developer, programmer and technology writer and blogger forRackspace Hosting. Rackspace Hosting is the service leader in cloud computing, and a founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support to its customers and partners, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing.