Businesses need many things from their cloud-based IT infrastructure. Compliance, accessibility, and security are just a few of the major concerns businesses have for their infrastructure.
Companies go to great lengths to meet these IT needs, with some companies spending significant sums trying to internally manage security, system admin, etc.The cost of the specialized personnel needed to manage the server stack and troubleshoot all the issues that can crop up can be massive. As noted in an Entrepreneur.com article, in 2014, “a full-time engineer on staff at your startup in the U.S. [will] be paid more than six figures annually.”
With a shortage of qualified talent available to fill critical IT roles, this cost can be expected to rise over time as companies try to outbid each other for much-needed personnel to manage their cloud environments.
However, businesses don’t have to manage their cloud internally. Managed cloud services is a game changer for many businesses that don’t have the resources needed to manage every aspect of their cloud solution internally.
1: Access to Experts in Maintaining Cloud Solutions
Many companies struggle to find personnel who know the ins and outs of the architecture that they use. Managed cloud service providers remove this difficulty.
The cloud hosting provider has engineers who can manage computing, storage, networks, operating systems, application stacks running on top of the infrastructure, and more.
By providing a full team of experts with the know-how needed to manage different aspects of the cloud, the service provider can reduce the internal resources a company has to use to manage infrastructure.
This frees up IT staff in the company so they can focus on mission-critical app development rather than maintenance issues.
2: Improved Data Security
Managing software updates can be time-consuming to manage internally. The problem is that many attacks carried out by hackers rely on old system vulnerabilities. If left unpatched, these vulnerabilities can cause a data breach.
Managed cloud hosting services can take over the task of running these updates, as well as provide custom security patches for firewalls and anti-malware systems to block out specific threat signals that the cloud provider has detected on any of their networks.
3: Support for Disaster Recovery
Ensuring business continuity in the face of network outages, file corruption, server power loss, ransomware infection, or any of the other common causes of data loss can be difficult to manage.
Many disaster recovery systems are complicated and slow, or error-prone. For example, a badly-optimized environment replication system might try to backup the entire environment every 24 hours, which is a lot of data to rewrite, causing system slowdowns and other issues.
Managed cloud services can handle key elements of the disaster recovery plan for a business, reducing workloads for the business. Additionally, many service providers have access to more efficient and effective replication tools.
Combined with monitoring services for your business environments to detect faults and loss of data, managed cloud services can help keep recovery times to a minimum as well as simplify DR plan management.
Why is Managed Cloud a Game Changer?
Ultimately, using cloud services that are managed by the provider help companies to save money, time, and resources while increasing security, efficiency, and stability of the IT infrastructure.
That is, assuming you have the right hosted cloud service provider. Not all clouds are created equal, and not all services may be included with a given cloud.