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4 Tips to Optimize Your Experience with Managed Cloud Providers

Brett Harney Cloud, Managed Network Services

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Managed CloudWhen considering moving your business to the cloud, you need to decide how much involvement you want in managing that cloud. The cloud doesn’t run itself. Some people fear they will “lose control of their data” if they outsource cloud management. However, managed cloud providers aren’t taking control, they are using their training to make sure your data is safe and available to you whenever you need it.  Our friends at RapidScale share some of their tips to optimize your experience with Managed Cloud providers.

Make sure you know what “managed cloud” means.

Someone has to run the cloud solution. It doesn’t just work by itself. There are a couple of options: you could do it yourself, which means investing your money, time and personnel in managing the solution – or you could work with a managed cloud provider, like Corporate Technologies Group, and work together. In this situation you’re still accessing the huge benefits of the cloud and top-notch technology, but you also get a team of experts that has your back and runs all of this technology for you. The managed cloud is the perfect combination because both you and your managed cloud provider get to do what you’re both best at!

Choose the best solution for you.

Once you’ve determined that you want a managed cloud solution, you need to make sure you’re going with the perfect one for your business. This requires determining your business needs, goals and desires. Are you looking for a solution to accommodate BYOD? Or do you need disaster recovery services? What about managed infrastructure? These are all separate solutions, and they are not necessarily equal, so it’s important to determine exactly what you’re looking for. Then a managed cloud provider can present you with the solutions it deems fitting to develop a cloud game plan and move forward from there.

Choose your customized plan.

And even once you’ve decided on a solution, there are still more options! With many managed cloud products, you can essentially build your own solution, customizing it to fit your exact needs. So maybe you only want managed implementation. Or maybe you’re looking for full management, from start to finish! You can determine which applications you’ll be integrating and which overall package you want to go with. This is a huge benefit of managed cloud products, as they allow you to customize the solution… one cloud does not fit all.

Consume the services as needed.

And since cloud solutions are scalable and work on a pay-as-you-go basis, businesses can consume them as needed. You use as much or as little of the cloud resources as necessary for your business, and you get charged accordingly. That’s the basic cloud model, and it’s extremely efficient as you’re not overspending on resources that are wasted, yet you always have enough.

You do your thing – we’ll do ours.

Once you’re set up with the managed cloud service, it’s pretty simple. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours. A managed cloud requires little expertise on the customer end, allowing a business to harness the power of the cloud without stressing about managing it. Instead, you can focus on whatever it is that you do best!

Don’t buy in to the fear of the cloud. It’s your data, and managing it securely and efficiently is the lifeblood of your business. Let Corporate Technologies Group bust through the misinformation and show you how managed cloud computing can benefit your business.

 

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