Of the many things that organizations need to upgrade over time, infrastructure is one of the most risk-prone. Even for minor upgrades, it seems like there are a thousand things that can go wrong – and that at some point or another, many of them will.
Businesses in the process of undergoing infrastructure upgrades have a clear need to plan ahead. Deploying and implementing new technology always comes with risks, and there are certain to be deadlines that the company’s executives and stakeholders wish to meet.
In most organizations, resources are stretched thin simply keeping up with organizational demands. Replacing in-house networking equipment with higher performing products is a significant expense. Replacing the same equipment with cloud managed services that the entire organization can use as a service is a much easier and more affordable option.
This is the promise managed network services offers. An offsite cloud managed network is much safer to maintain and upgrade than an on-premises solution. This service model provides valuable advantages to organizations that invest in it.
How Cloud Managed Services Improves Office Productivity
The benefits of cloud technology over on-premises networking are well-known to most executives. Cloud data storage is cheaper, safer, and easier to use than on-site storage. Cloud computing is more accessible than even the most sophisticated in-house networks. Virtualization makes it easy for organizations to add or subtract workstations to their network.
But cloud management services take these advantages one step further. They eliminate the need to worry about maintaining and upgrading cloud systems. A cloud managed network, with a reputable vendor providing technical support, offers a significant boost to office productivity and efficiency in four key ways:
For organizations that handle customer data, the need to remain compliant is more important than ever. As more processes and services rely on accurate user data, the number of businesses that have to comply with user data and privacy regulation is rapidly increasing.
Managed network vendors make it easy for organizations to comply with the latest guidelines on how to gather, store, communicate, and process user data securely. This is especially important for businesses that may not think of themselves as “technology companies” but who nonetheless need to bring customer data into the fold in order to remain competitive.
The ability to distribute new technologies to employees without interrupting service is a powerful advantage in today’s competitive business landscape. Organizations that rely on a managed service vendor to deliver cloud managed services don’t have to worry about service interruptions due to poor infrastructure – so long as they choose a reputable vendor.
A reputable vendor is able to manage network traffic and ensure the availability of bandwidth for nearly any scenario. This guarantees acceptable network performance even for peak periods or data disasters. New technologies like software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) are key to achieving this goal, but most companies can’t simply shut down for a week while they work on implementing new technology.
Effectively managing user credentials is difficult work, and it gets even more complicated when there is sensitive data involved. It takes extraordinary skill and patience to develop a comprehensive security plan that orchestrates access control, encryption, endpoint security, and disaster recovery in a way that can truly deliver value.
Organizations that do not rely on a managed service vendor to perform this task need to hire their own cybersecurity professionals for the task. This would not be an insurmountable problem if the tech world was brimming with credentialed cybersecurity technicians, but the demand for cybersecurity talent has far outstripped supply.
Access to the Latest Technologies
All organizations want to optimize resources while maximizing productivity. These are the two main drivers for adopting new technology. Risk is the main obstacle that prevents organizations from adopting the latest technology – if a new system does not work exactly as expected, downtime could damage the company brand and hurt its reputation.
Cloud managed services offer a convenient buffer between the need to adopt the latest technologies and the need to safely implement new tools and processes. When organizations rely on a reputable vendor for this service, they cast a safety net over their proposed upgrade plans and avoid making hasty or ill-planned decisions on their own.
Upgrade to the Managed Cloud Today
Organizations no longer have to concern themselves with procuring, deploying, and managing expensive cloud networks. Cloud managed services ensure that small businesses and enterprises alike can enjoy access to the latest networking technology available and optimize their business processes in an efficient, scalable manner.
Implement cloud managed services now and you could put your business on the path towards true process optimization. Talk to a Kelley Imaging expert now!