Open Letter to Cloud Fanatics: Let's Make Cloud Work Smarter, Not Harder
In today’s business landscape, cloud has become a commodity that is no longer perceived as an exclusive innovation to the top echelon of organisations, but rather a must-have to do business. As IDG forecasted at the end of 2015, enterprises will invest an average of $2.87M in cloud services in 2016 and midmarket organisations are close behind—expected to invest an average $578K this year.
The proliferation of cloud is evident and it is truly spectacular to see the question on IT leaders’ minds shift from “why cloud” to “what should my cloud strategy be?” With more than a decade of cloud experience, I would consider myself among the cloud fanatics who have touted the benefits of cloud since day one and worked to help enterprises realise it’s value.
But here’s the thing…
Cloud comes in so many different shapes and sizes and the list of cloud providers today is seemingly endless. While many organisations are still challenged with cloud adoption, more and more of the issues we hear from enterprises are related to control and management.
According to a recent TechValidate survey, commissioned by Navisite, control is cited as a top inhibitor to cloud adoption. This is not too surprising, as there is a basic human uncertainty when putting sensitive data/apps in someone else’s hands.
Everyone knows that they should be on cloud, but many are struggling with “how” to best leverage this tool and exactly what they should be doing.
This is where cloud management has an opportunity to serve as a unifying element. With a managed cloud solution, a trusted partner handles many of the critical, but time-consuming, tactical aspects of maintaining cloud infrastructure. This better allows your internal, core IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives and business innovation.
An experienced managed cloud provider can ease concerns by:
Providing experience in complex multi-cloud environments to help organisations harness the scalability and flexibility of multiple cloud environments;
Offering access to cloud servers, storage, networks, bandwidth and more, with 24/7/365 monitoring and management by cloud experts;
Supporting a dependable cloud infrastructure provisioned into backup data centres in the event of a disaster; and
If a provider is provisioned into one of Microsoft’s worldwide data centres, Azure is designed for rapid scaling of cloud native apps and integrates closely with other Microsoft enterprise solutions.
For nearly two decades, Navisite’s in-house experts have evolved and optimised our managed cloud platforms/offerings to continuously provide clients and partners with innovative cloud solutions. Specifically, our Managed NaviCloud and Managed Microsoft Azure platforms provide scalable cloud servers, storage, networks and bandwidth—backed by 24/7/365 Navisite monitoring and management, as well as robust service guarantees.
With the support of a comprehensive IT services portfolio and enterprise management expertise—including support for process documenting, change control and auditing—enterprises can meet the multifaceted requirements of their IT ecosystem. This means you can leave the time-consuming, tactical IT maintenance and monitoring to your cloud experts and ultimately free IT teams to focus on strategic tasks, such as business growth and innovation.
So my call to all cloud fanatics is: how can we make cloud work smarter and not harder? Consider management as the answer!
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