You must understand what cloud computing is before you can understand cloud management.
The cloud is technology that is supported in virtual equipment outside your local infrastructure and connected through the internet. In this way, cloud solutions enable users to manage several services within a platform that is unified, flexible, and scalable. Infrastructure design and implementation keep your business competitive. Implementing a cloud solution empowers your business to stay ahead and be more productive.
Cloud management focuses on the implementation and management of resources based on the web, applications, databases and servers, to performance monitoring, compliance and network security.
Why Integrate a Cloud Solution?
Choosing a cloud solution can be very beneficial to your company. Not only because this solution is scalable with your business’ growth, but because it gives you the security and performance to stay ahead of your competitors. A cloud management solution incorporates infrastructure design and implementation, which makes it a popular choice for business owners.
As cloud solutions have matured, enterprises need to integrate the cloud into transformation strategies, leverage the cloud for enterprise-scale solutions, and manage it as a strategic imperative.
Cloud services have also evolved to support complex mission-critical functions. It’s anticipated that by 2020, cloud solutions will be part of the large majority (90-97%) of organizations’ business plans.
Business owners are beginning to see the value of cloud solutions. With an integrated cloud management strategy, organizations have the added benefits of:
- improved mobility,
- enhanced productivity,
- faster updates, and
- all-encompassing security.
Cloud technology is beneficial for those who have teams that are geographically dispersed. Sales teams that are always travelling on the job can be connected from everywhere.
Your team will have access to data, will be able to update reports, produce content and share them in real-time. A single document can be viewed and edited by various team members—all of that directly via the web, with technology that is high-performing and secure.
Maintaining applications in the cloud creates an integrated workspace, which will be crucial for your company to keep your productivity index high.
Data and systems remain stored off computer hardware; it is possible to access data from other machines, smartphones or tablets, so long as there is an internet connection.
So, if you damage your computer, or if you somehow lost or misplaced it and need the precious data that was stored in the device, you can still access the information online. Not only is this practical and allows you to work from wherever, whenever you can, but it is a secure alternative.
If something egregious happens to your hardware, your company will remain competitive in moments of crisis, which means your employees will be productive no matter what.
For modern workers who have a lot to accomplish in a day, having to wait too long for a system update is a literal drag. That’s why cloud-based applications are so beneficial; these applications automatically refresh and update themselves, which frees up your IT department from having to perform a manual organization-wide update.
This ultimately saves valuable IT time and money that would ordinarily be spent on outside IT consultation.
Hosting in the cloud is not more dangerous than hosting on local servers; however, many organizations take issue with how secure the cloud is. They figure that because their files, programs, and other data aren't stored on site, they aren’t as secure. If they can access their data remotely, then what's to stop cybercriminals from doing so?
The fact is that the majority of businesses who switched to the cloud have noticed an improvement in their security (94% per RapidScale), while 91% allege that cloud implementation has made it easier for them to comply with government requirements.
Because cloud services use encryption, hackers and criminals can’t easily access your data.
How Can an MSP Help You with Cloud Management?
The most significant challenge of adopting a cloud solution is the lack of internal experience. A Managed Service Provider can quickly help you and with the expertise that you need. Not only do MSPs have the experience and expertise, but they also understand what you need to get your solution running in the most efficient way possible.
Interested in seeing how Keeran Networks can help you with the infrastructure design and implementation of your cloud solution? Get in touch with us today.