8 benefits of managed cloud services
Why organizations choose managed cloud services when moving into the cloud.
Read time: 6 minutes
For many organizations, the question isn’t whether cloud hosting and cloud applications make sense. Rather, questions asked often concern –
What processes and/or applications make the most sense to move?
How to transition smoothly, especially making sure you have the right expertise?
Many businesses find the answer in managed cloud services.
What is a managed cloud service?
A managed cloud service provides IT management of your hosted cloud platforms and applications, allowing you to decide how much your team does and how much you outsource. If you do not have an IT team, you can outsource all the work. If you have a small IT team, you can outsource the time-consuming manual tasks, freeing time for more strategic activity. Even enterprises can benefit by adding expertise without expanding the payroll.
To understand the benefits of managed cloud services, we first must understand the difference between cloud applications and cloud hosting.
Cloud applications and examples
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a common description of a cloud application. Some well-known examples include:
A customer relationship management program (CRM) like SalesForce
Amazon Web Services
Of course, there are many, many others. Generally, you can access these applications from anywhere, all you need is an internet connection and the appropriate login credentials.
With cloud applications, you need an administrator, someone to manage who has access to the system and their level of access (user, administrator, etc…). What you don’t need is anyone to setup, partition a drive, load software and applications, or manage technical elements like software updates. That is all handled by the application provider – and that typically includes training and employee support too.
#5. Technical expertise to get the job done right
Established managed service providers with a proven history have both the teams and the expertise to set up, provision, migrate and support your organization’s cloud solutions. Their technical expertise allows them to immediately step in and help, whether as another team member or as your full-service cloud service provider.
#6. Simpler building of custom solutions
Without hardware commitments, you have more flexibility in the tools and applications you use.
Need a dedicated server for an application? A managed cloud solution can be easily provisioned with a unique virtual server to handle the load, complete with the storage, security, and memory needed to run it.
This allows you to build an infrastructure that meets the needs of your employees to stay productive wherever they work.
#7. Faster deployment and support
Managed cloud service providers speed deployment. Regular performance analysis ensures a fully optimized system. Network operations center (NOC) monitoring guarantees problems are identified and addressed sometimes even before end-users are aware a problem exists.
If someone should have an issue, support teams can be reached to immediately begin remediation…or help update a password.
#8. Better budget-ability
Managed cloud services eliminate capital expenditures and depreciation tied to physical hardware. Instead, the entire operation becomes an operating expense. Plus, all of the services are bundled into a single price with preset fees defined for any services needed to expand the infrastructure to meet increased data, user, or application needs.
The reduction of physical equipment that is needed and the consolidation of fees simplifies the matching of computing needs with budget demands.
Finding the right managed cloud service provider
To get the biggest benefit from a managed cloud service, you need to find the right managed cloud service provider. In “What to look for in a managed cloud service provider”, we explore what to ask and how to evaluate, so that you can be sure to find the best one for you.
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