Cloud computing is a familiar concept to anyone in the business world today. Being able to host a collaborative file in the cloud, for example, is something modern businesses do daily. But the cloud goes far beyond just document sharing and storage: It extends to every connected device and legacy process your business has set up.
With so much tied into cloud computing, it pays to have expert oversight. This is where the concept of a managed cloud comes in.
A look at managed clouds
In a nutshell, managed clouds are online ecosystems that include general collaborative computing, hosted operating systems, digital storage, and anything else that is part of a network, including connected devices. A service professional — like Value Global — orchestrates and manages this ecosystem for your business.
Your business may already have a cloud network. The key differentiator for managed clouds is entrusting this ecosystem to someone who will keep it running smoothly at all times. Unmanaged clouds — like a simple cloud storage drive or hosted piece of software — function automatically and can’t usually be tailored to your business’ specific needs.
Business clouds are getting bigger
More than having consistent oversight of vital cloud computing each and every day, more and more businesses are investing in managed clouds because of the extensive range of benefits they offer.
For instance, your business may require cloud storage integration for another cloud-hosted program. Through a managed cloud, your service provider will be able to tailor communication between your system and other cloud programs. The result is a link between the two that facilitates the data backup and retrieval you need.
Another great example is the redundant nature of managed clouds when it comes to failures. You may store all your important data on-site, but if the worst happens to your facilities you’re going to lose it all. Through a managed cloud, not only is your data safe off-site, but any other cloud-based aspects of your business are also preserved. This redundancy makes it easier to get back to work at full capacity, whether you’re coming off a power outage or a major data catastrophe.
Take a look at just a few more of the inherent benefits of utilizing a managed cloud and why it makes sense for businesses of all sizes to explore a private cloud infrastructure:
- Customization of architecture
- 24/7 monitoring against failure or attack
- Performance testing capabilities
- Standardization of cloud processes
- Integration of software and services
- Efficient operation of computing
Cloud computing has improved the capabilities and productivity of businesses, but managed clouds are the next step in optimizing the technology around the unique and specific needs of the company.
Translating managed cloud benefits to the bottom line
Why bring a managed cloud to your business? The benefits are plain to see from an operational standpoint but, if you look closer, they actually translate directly into dollars earned and saved for the company.
- Managed clouds may generate up to 30% in total cost savings over a five-year period compared to a subscription model
- 19% of managed cloud users report reduced complexity in their IT management, allowing for better allocation of resources or a reduction in in-house IT expenses
- Managed clouds are subject to fewer downtime interruptions; with downtime costs estimated at $16 million annually, better network reliability means not missing crucial business opportunities
Managed clouds give businesses the opportunity to tailor their digital computing structure in a way that best meets the needs of their operations. Migrating to the cloud is one thing; building a cloud ecosystem specifically designed for your success is another. With all the opportunities offered through managed clouds, it’s no wonder forward-thinking businesses are making them a priority.
Are you ready to take your business to a managed cloud? Value Global is ready to help! We offer industry-specific customized IT solutions for those within the eCommerce, software, and oil and gas industries. If you’re looking to partner with professionals at an MSP who view your successes as their own, contact our experts today.