By Umme Sutarwala - June 06, 2022 4 mins read
Managed cloud services are becoming ubiquitous, not only for underlying infrastructure but for the whole IT stack. They can be highly beneficial, but IT leaders need to be cautious in their approach or risk wasting resources, having too many tools, having talent shortages, and other problems.
COVID-19 has altered the way people conduct business, compelling businesses of all sizes to expedite their digital transformation strategies and emphasize utilizing managed cloud sooner than expected. Although the cloud is not a new idea, the number of enterprises moving to the cloud and employing managed cloud services for data storage has increased dramatically. According to a 2020 State of the Cloud Survey by McKinsey, over 90% of businesses use cloud technology in some manner.
Cloud computing is becoming a must for corporate expansion. Simply put, they assist organizations in maximizing the benefits of cloud adoption through cost-effective and well-managed computing resources, flexibility, and IT efficiency. Managed cloud hosting helps to strike the correct balance between the scalability and skills of a public cloud and the promise of higher dependability that on premise solutions can bring to the table. Enterprises that need to prioritize operations over IT should consider the advantages that managed cloud services can provide.
Security is always a crucial factor to consider, especially when it comes to cloud computing. Service providers claim to be more secure than traditional data centers. A vital necessity is the protection of skills and assets. Cloud apps must protect data being transported over the internet. This contains not only data transit encryption but also data storage encryption. Customers should be informed of where their data is stored and what security protections are available. This knowledge allows the cloud service provider to have a more holistic security picture.
This implies that not everything needs to be moved to the cloud or consumed as a cloud service. Most companies are responsible for a wide range of apps, integrations, infrastructure, and other services.
The architectural plans must also take into account current conditions. Most IT decision-makers are approaching application modernization in a variety of ways, from keeping systems as-is for the time being to substituting parts with a SaaS or cloud service to designing new micro service-based apps in-house.
Every application does not need to be refactored or re-platformed as part of modernization. Although the cloud is an essential aspect of IT, big and midsize businesses are not abandoning their old apps and infrastructure in droves.
Cloud services can play a significant role in application modernization. However, they must be considered as part of a larger application modernization plan that includes, among other things, determining the extent of in-house expertise.
Moving to a managed cloud relieves the in-house IT staff of the burden of infrastructure management and monitoring. According to McKinsey Digital Insights, Unlocking value: Four lessons in cloud sourcing and consumption, organizations believe that roughly 30% of their cloud money is lost when they manage it alone. This is because the cloud’s flexibility comes with a significant amount of accountability for the firm. The IT teams must now give more attention to the demands of their company and make the best judgments possible on how to build the infrastructure, maintain software and hardware, and modify usage. A managed cloud services provider relieves the team of that worry and can manage their infrastructure around the clock, providing organizations peace of mind.
Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain
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