Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Understanding the Benefits of cloud computing and managed services

The SMB managers have acknowledged the role of cloud computing and managed services in the business processes, growth and efficiency. However, not all are conversant with the comprehensive direct and indirect advantages of bringing the managed services and cloud technology in the business loop. Most of the business managers are so busy in running the business that there is never enough time to understand the new technologies and the altered new opportunities brought in by the enabling advancements. Thus, this article takes into account the basic as well as the advanced features of cloud technologies and managed services to bring forward the benefits to the businesses of today.

•    When we talk of managed services, we are essentially speaking about the different outsourcing service channels available to a business. Such a managed service provider is capable of taking care of the various chores while running the business. For example, an internal IT team may need to handle the hardware, networking and software maintenance and upgrading chores in a business. When IT maintenance is coordinated through an external agency, the same chores are carried out by the managed services vendor in the best possible ways along with typical timeframes and recommended standards in the field. This will involve keeping an eye on all the IT hardware so as to keep it up and running at minimum costs and downtimes, applying the right updates to the software applications and maintaining the right mix of networking for carrying out the business communications and so on.

•    The managed services vendors are specialists as far as the IT services are concerned. Thus, availing their services suggests updated and latest technologies for your business. In addition to this, the experienced and skilled teams ensure reliability and minimum downtimes making it all the more productive for the business. They will not only resolve the IT issues but also win over the challenges therein, letting you concentrate on your core business operations.

•    Cloud computing has been an important buzzword in the small to medium business domains for a while now. It is popular for catapulting the business to the next level in no time with minimum investment, assets and resources. It provides a means of storage for the business data without actually having to spend on the hardware devices along with a facility of mobilizing; thereby, speeding up the business operations.

•    To start with, cloud services can be segregated into three types of models, the public, private and hybrid models. The cloud services offer infrastructure, software applications and platforms as a service through offline as well as online channels for the varied needs of the businesses.

The cloud provider offering managed services will be responsible for the data backup, system management and other regular chores like carrying out security updates and so on. It leaves the business managers as well as the different departmental teams free to concentrate on the crux of the business. Moreover, the services turn out to be cost-effective considering the enabling features of such a managed service cloud computation for any business, today.

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