The modern-day business relies on digital technology every day for business continuity and to meet changing consumer demands. From instant team communication across geographies to eCommerce capabilities, a reliable and high-performing IT infrastructure is more than a necessity for today’s businesses - it’s a competitive advantage that sets businesses and their efficiency apart.
Cloud is one such technology, and if you’re still considering adopting the cloud, it’s worth assessing the benefits moving your assets to the cloud can bring. Luckily, moving to the cloud need not be a daunting undertaking. Enlisting the support of an experienced cloud infrastructure managed services provider who can help you choose the best cloud infrastructure and the right services for your business needs can ensure you get your move to the cloud right, straight from the word go.
The benefits of cloud and how a managed services provider like BSO can help
There are several benefits to moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud, but these can only be fully leveraged if you set your cloud environment up correctly and manage it optimally. Below, we take a look at the top three advantages the cloud can offer your business, and how an expert managed services provider can help you harness the full benefit of these as soon as you make the move to the cloud.
1. The power of availability and scalability
Predicting just what IT resources you’ll need in the long term can be a guessing game, and if your calculations aren’t accurate or don’t account for every possible factor, you risk either overspending on unnecessary IT resources or not being prepared when unanticipated fluctuations in demand hit. Cloud takes the guesswork out of resource provisioning by providing all the computational resources you could ever need, right when you need them. If you experience a surge in web traffic or an increase in workloads, you can quickly scale your infrastructure up to handle these. Conversely, if you find resources are being underutilised, you can decrease them to better fit your current needs.
This high availability and scalability of the cloud enable a flexible IT environment that can quickly adapt to changing business needs, and with ongoing and proactive monitoring provided by a cloud infrastructure managed services provider, you can easily decipher just what resources you need, learn how best to implement them, and quickly and efficiently spin them up. Experienced cloud services providers, like BSO, provide the experts, tools, infrastructure and processes to strategically align with your organisation, ensuring your cloud is set up for success from the start, while our “follow the sun” approach means your infrastructure is optimised 24/7.
2. The power of cost optimisation
Because of most clouds’ pay-as-you-go payment models, you only pay for the resources you use in the cloud. This lets you save on capital expenditure, allowing you to allocate more of your budget to higher-priority projects. Additionally, should you require more resources temporarily, the cloud can provide these only for as long as you need, without you needing to worry about resources and hardware going to waste afterwards.
However, the initial expenditure for setting up your infrastructure can be quite the investment, so you want to get it right from the start. Additionally, poorly managed infrastructures can lead to unforeseen costs over and above your expected monthly bill, making controlled and thorough resource monitoring and usage integral to achieving maximum ROI.
The trick is to set your environment up properly from the start, accurately accounting for all your infrastructure needs, and then putting the people and processes in place to ensure ongoing performance. Managed services providers like BSO, with experience analysing business IT requirements and setting up suitable cloud environments accordingly, can help you strategically migrate your infrastructure before providing the ongoing expertise and support to ensure reliable and robust infrastructure performance in the long term.
3. The power of security
Data security is a high priority for any business, and with the developing landscape of digital innovation comes the increased risk of cybercrime. Luckily, security is just as high a priority to cloud providers. Not only does the cloud boast the most cutting-edge security measures around, like identity and access management and data encryption, but cloud providers themselves are dedicated to continuously monitoring their environments to identify and combat threats before they happen, or to quickly recover when disaster does strike.
Securing your encrypted data in a private, highly secure virtual environment that is continuously monitored for threats and vulnerabilities is your best option for protecting your information and preventing data loss. What’s more, cloud infrastructure management services offer an additional layer of security due to the ongoing monitoring and optimisation of your environment by a dedicated team of experts.
So, as far as security of the cloud is concerned, cloud service providers like BSO are committed to providing a secure infrastructure on an ongoing basis, and for security in the cloud, your supporting managed services team should help you ensure all best practices are followed to keep your data safe.
Empower your business with cloud infrastructure management services from BSO
If you are seriously considering moving your business to the cloud, drawing on the expertise of a cloud infrastructure management services provider can make your migration, and subsequent system optimisation, seamless.
Using a managed services provider with a team of dedicated cloud experts can help you optimise your IT environment in the cloud sooner rather than later, so choosing the right managed services provider for your needs, both before and after moving to the cloud, is critical.
As a cloud network and managed services provider, BSO offers cloud solutions for businesses of different sizes, across industries, ensuring their data-intensive workloads are accessible and sustainable. Through a collaborative approach that combines physical products with specialised consulting and managed services, BSO gives customers the ultimate cloud experience, ensuring their unique business objectives are met. Underpinned by a powerful global network and service provider partnerships, BSO is positioned to help your business reach new operational efficiency heights. Contact us to learn more about BSO Cloud solutions and BSO Plus Managed Services.