3 Reasons to Move to Managed Cloud in 2017 January 16, 2017 Looking to propel your business to new heights this year? Interested in new solutions for managing your infrastructure and critical workloads? Though the concept may still seem new, and it is to a certain extent as technology is always changing, now is the time to understand why so many other businesses are adopting Managed Cloud Hosting services and are already reaping the benefits. According to Forbes worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $70B in 2015 to more than $141B in 2019. We are talking billions; and businesses don’t just invest billions into ideas and concepts. Let’s look at the some of the benefits of Managed Cloud Services in depth. Flexibility and Security There are 3 types of Managed Cloud service options to consider: Public, Private and Hybrid cloud. Integrating Managed Microsoft Azure or AWS with a private cloud offers your business a flexible hybrid IT platform for scale and global reach. Leverage the best of all options based on your specific needs that a hosting provider can manage for you rather than wasting resources to manage it yourself. Outsource the headache and focus on your business. High Availability and Agility – The Hybrid Cloud infrastructure allows systems and applications to be hosted with the benefit of achieving higher availability for your critical workloads, therefore no downtime, which also results in a cost-effective solution for the right use cases. Cloud offers a high level of automation. This helps detect poorly performing instances and seamlessly leverage other resources to improve availability and resiliency for critical workloads. They are also used for automated tasks including auto-scaling resources based on loads and automatic updates and system upgrades. They are quick and easy to implement and minimize disruption to your applications with the use of dev/test instances that can be turned on and off quickly. Cost savings – Allocate and calibrate your 2017 IT budget to factor in a better and more performance-based flexible platform that will yield increased value for your business. Compared to on-premise, managed hosting offers a turn-key bundle of data centre services to keep your applications running and monitored by a 24x7x365 staff. On the other hand, on-premise deployments have capital costs to keep a data centre running (generators, cooling) and hardware as well as operating costs including maintenance, repair costs and people. This makes it hard to set out an actual firm budget and may narrow your choices. Cloud managed services streamline operational expenses, people costs for training and development and eliminates significant capital expenditure. Managed cloud services can be beneficial to every business whether large or small. They are cost effective, flexible and provide robust security with a broad team of experts to keep your infrastructure well tuned. More importantly, offloading your IT needs to a strong delivery partner will ensure that you can dedicate time and resources to improve your own team’s productivity and grow your own business. Getting started on the road to cloud is often the most challenging task which makes cloud planning and migration essential elements to look for in your next managed cloud partner. To learn more about Managed Cloud Services and to see which cloud models might be right for you, Contact Us today!