So your company just got a brand new budget to spend on its cloud infrastructure for the year. How are you going to allocate spending? The cloud landscape has evolved over the past decade as hyperscale public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud add services and solutions for various use cases and verticals. This can lead to a complex set of cloud solutions that your employees are expected to operate — which can lead to serious headaches and problems for the company. That’s where a cloud managed service provider can help you.
Cloud managed service providers deliver advisory, evaluation, deployment, and management services for cloud environments and cloud-based solutions. A managed service provider can help your enterprise increase the efficiency of your cloud environment. Below, we’ve listed the reasons why your company should invest in a cloud managed service provider.
If you’re looking for more information on cloud managed service providers, you should check out our free 2020 MSP Buyer’s Guide! The guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers.
Choosing and integrating cloud services
Hyperscale cloud providers offer hundreds of services through their cloud platforms — so many that determining which services your company should adopt can be disorienting. By partnering with a managed service provider, you’ll gain insights into the services that best suit your company based on your business case and current cloud operations. A solid MSP will also assist you in integrating the cloud services it recommends to you into your infrastructure, showing you how they work and how to best take advantage of them.
Managed cloud security
Despite what you may have heard, the cloud is not inherently more secure than traditional infrastructures — and in some ways, it can even be less secure. Your company can protect itself by applying the right cloud security practices, but how can you guarantee your cloud is secure if your employees are interacting with an unfamiliar environment? Managed cloud security providers monitor your cloud infrastructure to look for security gaps and help you set up cloud-native security systems. Some vendors also provide information and advisory services on how your enterprise can defend itself against cloud security threats.
Ensuring data compliance
If your company’s data needs to comply with data regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS, or the recently-enacted CCPA, you must ensure that your company doesn’t break this compliance as it moves to the cloud. Your cloud provider should tell you directly what regulations and standards it supports, but a managed service provider can ensure that your data maintains compliance as it rests in the cloud.
Reducing wasted cloud spend
The cloud can be an expensive tool for enterprises, and if it doesn’t plan out its cloud spending accordingly, an enterprise can lose a sizable portion of their finances to their cloud infrastructure. Many managed service providers provide cost analysis on your IT’s cloud solutions, analyzing how your company uses the cloud and areas where it’s investing too many resources. Managed service providers help clients identify cloud resources and services that aren’t being running efficiently and suggesting ways to fine-tune spending.
An increasing number of cloud managed service providers are supporting several of the top public cloud providers. No matter what cloud provider your company is using, you’ll be able to find an MSP that supports any and all of your cloud deployments. It’s also beneficial to companies who want to move data from one cloud environment to another, as managed service providers ensure that migrated data and apps are compatible with their new cloud platform.
Looking for more info on managed service providers for your cloud solutions? Our MSP Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers.
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