5 Ways Managed IT Services Can Ease Your Cloud Transition

Jul 28, 2017

Are you thinking about moving to the cloud? You should consult with your MSP before you do so that you can be fully aware of all the potential benefits.

Hosting IT infrastructure and operations on the cloud can help your business to save money and improve agility across the enterprise. However, cloud migrations are not easy and cannot 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 are ways that a Managed IT Services Provider can ease your cloud transition:

1) They Help You Decide if Cloud Migration Will Work for You

The cloud is not a single homogeneous entity. It includes cloud-based apps, cloud-based data centers, cloud-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. MSPs, who are already monitoring and evaluating your IT department daily, can provide you with valuable insights into what your business needs.

2) You Gain 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. Your MSP’s IT team can also take over your IT operations, as your teams get trained and manage migration workloads.

3) They Have High Compliance with Regulatory Requirements

One of the biggest challenges for enterprises migrating to the cloud is ensuring security and compliance. MSPs by 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 how your user experience might be affected during migration and what kind of bandwidth requirements you might need.

Managed IT Services Providers help you build and implement disaster recovery plans that ensure your business continuity. Which comes in handy during cloud transitions. MSPs are dedicated to keeping your downtime to a minimum during the transition.

5) Access to 24/7/365 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. If 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?

Let us know in the comments below, or to learn more about how we seamlessly help businesses like yours move to the cloud, reach us at info@provintl.com.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, Cloud Computing