In 2014, two Hollywood actors, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, co-starred in a movie about a married couple who inadvertently uploaded a very sensitive video to the cloud. The stars bumbled about in a panic at losing the recording; first, they tried using their iPhones to access their (public) cloud storage. When that failed, they went to the host’s physical location to destroy all record of the recording. In typical Hollywood fashion, panic ensued until (*spoiler alert*) they miraculously succeeded in deleting the sensitive data and protecting their privacy.
Now imagine a similar albeit less funny situation where an employee longing for the convenience of the cloud saved proprietary company data in a public cloud with no protection. Your valuable data is potentially exposed, largely out of your control.
Thankfully, there is a new, better choice for balancing cloud convenience with your company’s need to safeguard valuable data and application. It’s called eCloud.
eCloud was developed by UDT in collaboration with Microsoft and Cisco to provide our customers with a better cloud computing choice. As an all-in-one package, eCloud has the distinct advantage over other cloud choices in that it can be deployed on premise at the client site or in UDT’s data center as a preconfigured, entirely private cloud platform, simplifying the process of provisioning applications, infrastructure resources, and other workloads. Additionally, data remains on customer premise, making it far more attractive to IT heads whose teams have been clamoring for a cloud, but who have had reservations regarding security and data sovereignty.
When needed, eCloud extends seamlessly into a hybrid cloud platform for solutions such as backup, disaster recovery, and cloud bursting. It is the only product on the market with direct connections into Office 365 and Azure. From a single portal, you can manage and administer workloads on your own private cloud, Microsoft Azure, or other hosted Azure cloud platforms.
Securing valuable company assets in an onsite cloud
Anytime you utilize a remote, publicly hosted cloud solution for your company products, you relinquish control that could put your data at risk. By using a private cloud solution, you gain all the benefits of a cloud solution while securely maintaining control of your data, which remains on premise.
Flexibility through scalability
A recent survey conducted by InformationWeek asked a group of companies why they selected a cloud-based solution to support their IT needs. Their responses highlighted one of the major benefits of a cloud-based solution – the flexibility they gained to accommodate peaks and valleys in usage. Over 65% of companies agreed with this observation. Scalability is critical to business success and eCloud can aid any company in managing the ups and downs of IT resource requirements.
Disaster recovery improvements with eCloud
Disaster recovery is always a concern for IT departments and eCloud greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of disaster recovery planning. With cloud computing, data and machines can be replicated to a failover site in the cloud and brought online in the event the primary site is no longer available. No more need to set up a mirror site with the same expensive hardware as the primary site. When a disaster occurs, companies that use a cloud computing solution report 75% faster recovery time than businesses that do not use a cloud solution.
If you are considering a cloud solution for your company, consider the benefits that your business, employees and even your customers will gain from moving to a simple to deploy, private cloud solution like eCloud. And, unlike the Hollywood version, this happy ending is real.
UDT is well versed in the various cloud solutions for business, particularly in eCloud as we developed the solution in collaboration with Microsoft and Cisco. Contact us — our experts would be happy to answer any questions you have, or help you create a unique cloud strategy for your business.