Importance of Cloud Managed Services & tapping into the “Art of the possible”

December 20, 2021
Michael Wines
Cloud Data
Microsoft Azure
Data Protections
Disaster Recovery
Managed Services

You have moved your on-premise infrastructure to the cloud, and you’re now starting to realise some of the benefits, however, how do you take full advantage of everything cloud has to offer? A cloud-managed service provider such as Byte can help unlock the power of cloud. In this article, we look at how cloud can improve your business.  

Cloud Cost Management
Most organisations have implemented cloud solutions to cut down on IT costs. Typically, this approach works well initially until the hidden costs start to creep into the picture. Quite often, we speak with business leaders who are concerned their cloud costs have spiralled out of control. It’s not easy keeping your finger on that pulse if you are not reviewing cloud consumption.

Increased Efficiency
Moving to cloud has many immediate benefits. Creating efficiencies is an ongoing process after migrating.  Disaster recovery improves significantly when your company’s data is in the cloud, it is easier to retrieve it without spending a lot of money or time.  

Another positive of cloud computing is remote access. Employees of the organisation can access any required data or information and carry on working remotely. All they need is an internet connection. The majority of cloud computing services also offer mobile apps that can be readily used to access data from smartphones anywhere at any time.

Access to State-of-the-Art Tools
Building and setting up a cloud environment, powered by public cloud infrastructure and scalability, can take some time. With the right tooling, you can improve any process you need to make your business more agile, resilient, and cloud-ready. Relying on business intelligence tools like Power BI from Microsoft unlocks a wide range of benefits. One of the biggest advantages, of course, is the ability to accumulate and process data efficiently. After that, you can further organize your data, analyze, make dashboards, reports, and various visualizations. This tool is focused on improving specific aspects of your business operations: keeping an eye on market trends, precisely monitoring KPIs, and more.

Cloud Security
Managing business and customer information – the lifeblood of your organisation – is also now contained mainly within cloud applications and infrastructure. Without comprehensive cloud management, your business is susceptible to security threats, data loss and costly downtime. Whether you have a multi-tenant or hybrid cloud environment, cloud managed service providers (MSPs) possess extensive cloud knowledge to support your environment, fill in management gaps, and provide cloud compliance services.

Beyond cloud lift and shift
When organisations shift to the cloud, the conversation turns to opportunity, transformation and what we call “the art of the possible” with our clients. This is where a creative cloud MSP can help you balance reining in cloud sprawl while developing new and innovative processes, staff empowerment, and solutions. The power of cloud and a leader mentality enables your organisation to access the art of the possible. Organisations should ask themselves: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before, thanks to changes in technology and user behavior? That is how start-ups and disrupters think and act to drive market leadership.

Achieving your business goals
The first step in any cloud MSP engagement is reviewing the state of play within your IT and business goals – and balancing outcomes to reduce complexity, improve cost control and accelerate your growth and innovation.

Partnering with a cloud MSP lets you outsource the daily IT management for cloud-based services and technical support to automate and enhance your business operations. Your MSP should help with ideas to optimise your cloud environment and make sure you are not leaking money (or creating a security or compliance risk).
Depending on your IT needs, cloud MSPs can also handle monitoring and reporting, performance testing, backup, recovery and more. With fixed monthly pricing, hiring a cloud managed services provider is often less expensive than an in-house team and finding those human resources can be difficult.

Why choose Byte as your cloud MSP?
As a certified Microsoft partner, Byte understands what questions to ask when communicating issues on your behalf. At Byte, we help small and medium sized businesses to get the most out of their cloud solutions to control costs, manage information, optimise business processes, and explore what is possible. We offer a range of options to get you set up, and then we manage and protect your cloud environment so you can focus on what you do best.

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