The internet has always been erratic in its nature and thus, despite the constant effort of businesses to maintain an efficient and secure cloud network, an occasional outage is unavoidable. With cloud disruptions on the rise, here are four simple methods that businesses can undertake to avoid cloud outages while boosting security and performance.

Choose a Multi-location/Multi-cloud IT Environment

Working in a ‘multi’ IT environment enables businesses to cope with the ever-changing business needs rapidly. Choosing a cloud provider that distributes workloads over various locations not only significantly reduces downtime but also provides effective failsafe protocols for workloads in case a data center goes down. A multi-cloud system, on the other hand, allows bi-directional data flow and boosts interoperability across the entire IT environment.

Lookout for Data Traffic Patterns of the Internet

With the internet gradually becoming an extension of internal networks in enterprises, the monitoring of network disruptions, security challenges, and latency in the global internet has become crucial for the detection and mitigation of network challenges. In case of latency on a website or application, the first step is to run diagnostics to detect whether the problem is in the internal systems or the Web. Once the source of the problem is determined, the deployment of the right traffic steering solution—to assist in the rerouting of traffic—can improve the overall performance of the network and keep customers satisfied.

Prioritize Cloud Security

Today, a number of organizations perform and manage activities on the web through cloud computing. Therefore, websites and applications may or may not be fully secure behind a firewall. A competent web application firewall (WAF) coupled with a cloud-based security solution can enable organizations to fend off threats such as malicious bots, DDoS and API attacks, and malware uploads. Enterprises that periodically assess web security levels remain one step ahead of cybercriminals and avoid digital threats effectively.

Construct an Intelligent Network

Cloud outages, cybersecurity challenges, and human error can result in latency on a business’s website and lead to undesirable downtime. The construction of an intelligent network that can govern the access to the web and cloud has become vital for the mitigation of risks and challenges that accompany the adoption of a cloud network. With cloud domain name system (DNS) services, enterprises can accelerate performance, reliability, and security of the IT environment and enable high-quality user experiences.