You may have seen recently that Microsoft’s Office 365 SharePoint suffered an outage that took six days to recover – tough times for businesses that depended on it.
There are many benefits to public cloud computing, and outages like this shouldn’t necessarily put you off Office 365 SharePoint or the Cloud completely. But it is a salutary reminder that relying too much on one platform or system is always a risk.
It is important to always ask:
– Does my company have a clear plan for dealing with Cloud outages?
– Are there backup contingencies in place?
– Can I retain control of key assets when Cloud systems temporarily fail?
Total reliance on one system will make it less likely that the answer will be “yes”. Take it from us – we are part of the Microsoft Partner Network, but we would have struggled to make things right for a client who had put all of their eggs in the SharePoint basket.
In fact, in the last month we have helped a company bring some of their processes back in-house after they expressed concerns about Cloud over-reliance. After looking at what their business really needed to succeed, we were able to build a private hosted desktop system and migrate some of their key productive systems. They will continue to enjoy the advantages of Cloud computing, but will now be in a much more resilient position should future outages occur.
If reading this has given you cause for concern, don’t worry. Give us a call and we can advise you on how to mitigate the risks of entrusting your systems to a global Cloud system.
Again, it’s not about choosing outright between Public and Private Cloud computing solutions. It’s about finding the right balance between the two and letting you get on with doing what you do best – pursuing your business goals without having to spend time fretting about IT.
To find out more, please call us on 0845 504 8989, or complete our contact form.