Over the past decade, the cloud industry has experienced a significant increase in growth due to a greater awareness of its capabilities and benefits. Businesses are, in increasing numbers, adopting the cloud as the backbone for their network infrastructure and turning away from the traditional physical network infrastructure. New cloud-native applications are constantly being developed as well as tools that optimize legacy applications to make them cloud-compatible.
As a business owner, you may be ready to transition your network to the cloud so as to reap its benefits. However, unless your business is in technology, you may not be fully knowledgeable about how to integrate cloud services and applications into your current business processes. For this reason, it is essential that you engage the services of a managed service provider; these are third-party cloud service providers whose role is to remotely manage your cloud infrastructure. Managed service providers take care of your cloud infrastructure so that you can focus on your core business processes. Discussed below are seven benefits you gain by using a managed service provider to support your cloud infrastructure.
1) COST SAVINGS
Using a managed cloud service provider saves you money over the long term. With a managed service provider, you are no longer responsible for any capital or operational expenses incurred in maintaining your cloud network infrastructure. You also no longer have the responsibility of hiring people with the needed skill sets to maintain your infrastructure. Your only responsibility is to make regular payments to the managed cloud service provider that you have tasked with supporting your cloud network.
2) AUTOMATIC UPGRADES
With cloud technology constantly evolving, it is easy for your network infrastructure to become obsolete if not regularly updated and upgraded. However, keeping your cloud infrastructure constantly up to date can be a challenge given the rapid rate of innovation in cloud technology. Using a managed cloud service provider frees you from constantly trying to keep your network updated. Your managed service provider stays abreast of advances in the cloud and upgrades your network infrastructure as needed.
3) DISASTER RECOVERY
In the event of an unanticipated disaster, it is important to have a disaster recovery plan in place to safeguard and retrieve your data as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to retrieve and restore your data, the sooner you can resume normal business processes. Managed cloud service providers can support your disaster recovery process so that there is minimal downtime in the event of a disaster.
4) RAPID RESPONSE TIMES
With a managed service provider, you are guaranteed round-the-clock support. Specialists as well as other relevant personnel are readily available to address any concerns or issues you might experience with your network. The 24-hour support offered by your managed service provider allows for the rapid resolution of any detected issues.
5) NETWORK SECURITY
Ensuring that your network is secure is extremely important when using the cloud. With a larger attack surface and multiple attack vectors, your cloud network is susceptible to penetration and compromise if not fully secured. Cloud security is a complex and complicated process, requiring personnel with skill sets that are not readily available and in high demand. Managed service providers have the knowledge and relevant personnel necessary to keep your cloud network secure from unauthorized access.
6) RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
Setting up a network infrastructure is a complex and time-intensive process. If not done properly, your network infrastructure may actually hinder, rather than enhance, your business. Managed service providers have the knowledge and experience necessary to build and maintain a cloud network infrastructure. As such, using a managed cloud service provider assures the durability as well as the reliability of the cloud network infrastructure.
7) CENTRALIZED CONTROL
Using a managed service provider to support your cloud infrastructure ensures that all your controls are in one location. This, therefore, simplifies network administration and support. Any necessary changes or enhancements to your network can be easily made.
At Otava, we have the knowledge needed to manage your cloud services. With years of experience under our belt, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed with what we have to offer. Contact us today for more information.