Hybrid cloud for the legal sector
By Nick Hayne
It’s no secret that the cloud has taken the business world by storm, with many companies benefiting from its flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness. But there are still some sectors — particularly those who frequently handle highly confidential information and data — that have been slow to adopt, mainly due to concerns over the security of cloud technologies.
While this might have been the case in its infancy, cloud services have reached such an advanced stage that they’re by far the most sensible solution for businesses, including those heavily-regulated sectors such as legal.
Law firms are obviously going to be very vigilant in order to make sure that the confidential data they work with on a day-to-day basis is heavily protected. This is why cloud service providers pump an incredible amount of money into the safety and security of their physical premises and datacentre locations — far more than any law firm could afford if they were to host their data on an on-site server. Also, from a virtual standpoint, these providers invest huge amounts on state-of-the-art encryption methods and firewalls to ensure that risks are mitigated and all data is stored as safely as possible.
Being able to employ cloud-based disaster recovery is another very attractive benefit for those in the legal sector. With more law firms and practices drafting up business continuity plans, the cloud provides the perfect platform on which to put these plans into action. This is usually a difficult and expensive process for many, especially those looking to minimise disruption to routine business operations. But by using disaster recovery as a service (DRaas) they can rely on specialist cloud providers to do all the hard work in a cost-effective manner that also optimises uptime.
Then, of course, there’s the added bonus of wider cost-saving implications through using the cloud. With nothing hosted on-site, there’s no need to spend money on running and maintaining servers and data centres.
Understandably, most law firms would initially start looking to host their data in the private cloud, but they’d be overlooking the many benefits that the hybrid cloud could provide. By storing all confidential data in the private cloud and everything else in the public cloud — firms would be able to save themselves even more money while also enjoying the added scalability and flexibility of the hybrid solution.