The case for the cloud

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Digital transformation, particularly cloud migration, is a long term commitment for any organisation – one that can fundamentally shift not just a company’s capabilities, but also how it operates.

However, in recent months the move to working from home and remote access has provided the catalyst many businesses needed to quickly mobilise themselves.

But now that the rush is over, why should companies who have weathered the storm this far consider migrating their servers to the cloud? How can you help your customers?

Scalable Usage, Capacity, & Costs

The recovery to whatever constitutes the ‘new normal’ places the migration of physical servers to the cloud as a priority task for numerous reasons. Not only in terms of facilitating remote working, but in order to provide businesses with greater flexibility, scalability, as well as more efficient resource and cost controls.

As more staff come back from furlough, given that cloud systems are pay-per-usage, they offer an easier-to-manage cost base that can be increased in line with actual business needs.

This may sound like a sharp departure from the investment into on-premise servers and software many of your customers have practised previously. And it is, to a larger extent. But those with legacy systems can definitely benefit from cloud migration.

In most cases, legacy software will run happily in the cloud – using solutions like Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, for example. There are lots of options, so they have no need to throw away investments in older applications.

Security From All Angles

With greater flexibility, remote working, and data access, comes a need for much tighter security controls and processes. There’s no single one-size-fits-all solution – more a need to have multiple solutions that provide both large and small businesses with the security infrastructure needed.

Getting the basics right – backups, antivirus software, email security, data encryption, a sensible password policy, password management software – will put your clients’ businesses in a great position to not just consolidate, but to build their business and engage with staff, suppliers, and customers, in a safe and secure environment.

For example, MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) and VPN (Virtual Private Networks) are excellent gatekeeping solutions. Cloud computing also makes backups and disaster recovery easy, and can improve defence against cyber attacks.

Transformation potential

All things considered, cloud migration has the potential to transform organisations positively. But it’s easy to overlook the path to digital transformation without the support of a professional MSP to do the planning and implementation.

Companies need your support and deep, detailed knowledge of how cloud infrastructure can benefit them and to smooth over any possible obstacles.

This is just as true for smaller businesses as it is for large enterprises. Ensure you, as an MSP, are targeting the right clients for your skillset and size.

Essentially, business owners need to have everything run as smoothly as possible – without having to engage with the technicalities.

Done correctly, cloud services can provide all of the tools needed to manage and grow a business in today’s world – one which will remain uncertain for some time yet.

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