Are you thinking about moving to the cloud? If so, you might want to consider consulting with your MSP as there are some definite benefits for you to reap.
Cloud adoption is definitely on the rise, and hosting IT infrastructure and operations on the cloud can enable your business to reduce costs and improve agility across the enterprise. However, cloud migrations are not easy. It is also not something that can be accomplished overnight.
Managed IT Service Providers (MSPs) often act as a catalyst for smooth cloud transitions. ProV International is a dedicated MSP that guarantees faster response times, technology upgrades and expert information management and delivery. Our industry expertise not only helps your business decide if transitioning to the cloud is the right move, but also when the best time to make the transition will be as well as help with the individual transition of apps and processes to the cloud.
With that in mind, here we list 5 ways Managed IT Services can ease your cloud transition:
1) Decide if Cloud Migration Will Work for You
The “cloud” is not a single homogeneous entity. It includes cloud-based apps, cloud-based datacenters, coud-based products, and cloud-based services. Evaluating your options between a public, private, or a hybrid cloud migration can be overwhelming. You also need to contemplate how much of your current IT setup is compatible with the cloud and issues like: "what happens if you don’t move to the cloud?" MSPs, who are already monitoring and evaluating your IT on a daily basis, can provide you with valuable insights into what your business needs.
2) Access to Specialized IT Skills
The cloud doesn’t involve a single specialization. Cloud specialists may include individuals knowledgeable in virtualization, specific storage infrastructures, specific products, or even security and compliance experts. While working with a Managed IT Services provider, you get access to all the specialized skilled resources without the upkeep cost of the same. Your MSP’s IT team can also take over your IT operations, as your teams get trained and manage migration workloads.
3) High Compliance with Regulatory Requirements
One of the biggest challenges for enterprises migrating to the cloud, is ensuring security and compliance. MSPs by their nature, are required to comply with all the latest rules, regulations, and SLAs to keep their licenses. MSPs can also custom-train and deploy optimized compliance solutions specific to your business.
4) Data Storage/Disaster Recovery and Backup
Data storage is one of the major benefits of moving to the cloud. It is inexpensive, doesn’t require the purchase and maintenance of server racks, and offers limitless storage options. However, it is important to evaluate points such as how your user experience might be affected during migration, what kind of bandwidth requirements you might need, etc.
Managed IT Services providers help you build and implement disaster recovery plans that ensure your business continuity. This also comes in handy during cloud transitions. MSPs are dedicated to keeping your downtime to a minimum, if at all, even during the transition.
5) Access to 24x7x365 Live Support
As you begin your migration process, you will not be able to migrate all your apps and processes in one go. Most MSPs provide full-time support, either remotely or on-site. Should you encounter any issues during this long and mediated procedure, you will have access to support teams instantly to help with your transition.
What do you think is the biggest challenge your business will face while migrating to the cloud? Is there any other kind of support you would like while transitioning to the cloud?
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