5 Reasons You Need Cloud Services

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Cloud computing is a superb solution for addressing short-term and long-term challenges in business technology environments. However, cloud computing can be a difficult endeavor, requiring extensive time and human capital. International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that public cloud spending will reach more than $107B in 2017, up from $70B in 2015. With so much investment going into one of the most disruptive and transformative technologies, businesses must focus on delivering absolute value with cloud computing.

Here are five reasons why you should consider a cloud services partner to plan, build, and manage successful cloud computing environments. These tips will help you maximize your investment in cloud computing and your next cloud services engagement.

 

Cloud Architecture & Planning Expertise

Why slow down your internal team with a lengthy, time-intensive auditing and discovery process before migrating to the cloud? Cloud services, such as architecture, engineering, and planning services, offer businesses an extended arm to get back to basics by saving time, investment, and resources to plan and build their cloud architecture. The architecture that you build for your cloud computing environment will directly impact your investment and scalability over time.

 

Cloud Cost-Reduction & Billing Management

OPEX versus CAPEX is an important reason to make a switch to cloud computing. This is not the only reason why companies should consider a move to cloud computing. Cloud computing platforms enable efficiency in scaling on-demand with auto scaling, storage object termination, and increased redundancy and availability. These features may be familiar in on-premise environments, but some organizations need to maximize these specific cloud features right out of the gate.

Cloud services partners can help with setting up and training personnel on these new areas, ensuring that staff have the expertise to automate cost-reductions and billing for their selected cloud platform.  A cloud services partner can also directly manage billing and cost-management, leveraging software that automates real-time monitoring of all aspects of your financial cloud computing investment.

Cloud Migration

Cloud computing brings a combination of highly scalable cloud architectures along with classic infrastructure architectures. Therefore, cloud migrations require skill sets in both cloud engineering and legacy architectures. Businesses may have a skill gap in having expertise in each area. Cloud services partners will provide best practices and insights to help guide businesses from legacy infrastructure to cloud compute and storage resources. When migrating applications to the cloud, a cloud services partner will know exactly what reference architectures are suitable for each application requirement.

Cloud Platform Management

There are many other management factors that come into play when a company moves to the cloud. There are still labor costs involved with the management and monitoring of cloud platforms. Cloud computing can be less time-intensive in terms of management, so long as the platform is maximized during your architecture planning and development. You will only pay for what you need across compute and storage resources if properly configured. Make sure you watch out for any hidden costs from working in the cloud, a common problem businesses face without the expertise to fully maximize it. A cloud services partner will make sure to monitor and optimize your investment to protect against overutilization and overpayment.

Cloud Security & Automation

Most enterprise businesses now have complex, multi-cloud based systems as well as on-premise infrastructure. Managing all these complex systems and the security to back it is a burdensome process as there are just too many systems to manage. This is where cloud automation comes into the picture. Using a choice of software technologies and hybrid services and tools, businesses can choose to automate and simplify deployment and management of their cloud computing platform making processes fast and efficient.

Cloud computing is essential for enterprise businesses. Besides speed and efficiency, cloud services partners offer a level of expertise, flexibility, and agility for your business. A cloud services partner can support a variety of business needs and drive proven results. For more information on cloud services and capabilities, contact a Relus Cloud Specialist today.

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