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Migrating to a Hybrid or Private Cloud

What is Cloud Migration? 

Cloud migration is the method of moving applications, data, and any other business processes to a cloud computing environment. These cloud computing environments allow an organization to utilize IT resources such as computer power, infrastructure services, database storage facilities, and much more over the internet at a lower cost.
Some of the most valuable benefits to cloud migration:

Cloud migration is the method of moving applications, data, and any other business processes to a cloud computing environment. These cloud computing environments allow an organization to utilize IT resources such as computer power, infrastructure services, database storage facilities, and much more over the internet at a lower cost.

Some of the valuable benefits to cloud migration:

Flexibility- Having company data in the cloud provides easy access to all employees with a device connected to the internet.

Offsite Storage- Managing and caring for onsite storage can be an expensive challenge, especially for a smaller company.

Cost-Efficient- Cloud computing generally offers services with a pay-as-you-go pricing structure; it allows companies to optimize their cloud to their organization's structure properly.

Improved Security- Cloud computing works with encrypted data so that only users in the cloud can access the organization's data. Each cloud computing provider usually carries further security measures to ensure the safety of the data.

Improved Business Agility- A flexible cloud computing provider can make all the difference when adapting to industry demands and gives companies the chance to maximize their impact depending on how they utilize different cloud functions.

Private Cloud

There are different types of cloud solutions companies can implement to transform their organization digitally. A private cloud moves all data, applications, and processes to a cloud with onsite storage and allows a company to control its infrastructure and resources. A private cloud is significantly cost-efficient if a company already has an existing infrastructure ready for cloud migration. Companies also have an added advantage in security with a private cloud since it can be specifically tailored to their needs. When moving to a private cloud, some considerations are caring for and maintaining the cloud storage facility. It is the main highway for all the company's business traffic, so onsite maintenance needs to be of the utmost importance. Another consideration is the complexity of building a private cloud and the time it takes to do so. If a company is looking for speedy implementation, they may be better off with the other option, a hybrid cloud.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud refers to using both a private cloud and a public cloud. A hybrid cloud can be optimized depending on organizational needs, so your organization gets the most out of both. There are benefits and challenges to consider with a hybrid cloud. The significant benefits of migrating to a hybrid cloud are that your organization can have much more control by utilizing the private cloud for sensitive data and low latency workloads. A hybrid cloud also allows you to use existing infrastructure, which can help keep costs lower. The use of the public cloud also gives your organization the ability to work over the internet and get work processes done quicker. A challenge may be navigating the complexity of using two different clouds, which can be trying when deploying resources and calculating costs. A hybrid cloud must also be closely managed and carefully implemented. With the added complexity, management must always be at the helm supporting the implementation process.

Cloud Compliance

Achieving a successful cloud migration comes with many challenges. Challenges can include choosing the right cloud provider and selecting the right plan to fit your business needs. The allocation of old data to the new platform can also be expected to take time. Some of the most substantial challenges in the life science industry are security and maintaining cloud compliance for cloud migration implementation. Maintaining cloud compliance means adhering to internal best practices and all government regulations. Industry-standard policies such as HIPAA and ISO and federal bodies such as the FDA or EMA impact how companies operate in the cloud. Having the right provider and the necessary infrastructure is necessary for implementing a successful cloud migration.

Arbour Group for Cloud Compliance Strategy 

Arbour Group partners with major cloud providers and combines our solutions and expertise to help you meet and maintain your cloud compliance goals when committing to cloud migration, whether hybrid or private. Both vendors and customers have the responsibility to remain within compliance with governing agencies. Arbour Group can help alleviate the stress of meeting regulatory requirements through a sound cloud compliance strategy that elevates your past business requirements and opens the door to new goals. To learn more about our Cloud Compliance strategies when migrating to the cloud, contact us today.

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