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What Enterprises Should Consider Before Choosing a Cloud Managed Service Provider

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cloud ServiceAsk yourself if your cloud managed service provider can provide you the services to efficiently manage your business operations.

FREMONT, CA: In this era of cloud computing, enterprises are fully embracing and moving to cloud without a second thought. The realization of the cost of cloud computing, bandwidth and storage comes much later, when enterprises see that they've spent what only large companies can afford. Here is where managed service providers come into play and assist companies seeking budget, expertise, and resources to manage their cloud deployments. A cloud managed service provider helps enterprises manage myriad tasks in their cloud environment and execute cloud migration while assisting with associated computing and storage operations. However, the successful outcome of an enterprise will depend on the cloud managed service provider it deploys.

To adopt a cloud managed service provider for the cloud environment, a company should consider the following criteria.

Cost-efficiency

The necessity to be one step ahead of other enterprises is rising in this competitive world and being cost-efficient is the right way to stay right at the forefront. When companies begin to spend their cash desk in transferring their businesses to cloud, they forget to deliver services that can help their clients to maximize their savings while maintaining company efficiencies. However, acquiring support from a managed service provider can help manage the cloud environment while reducing business cost. This does not necessarily mean that all the companies that adopt a service provider will reduce unnecessary spending. Only a few providers focus on cutting costs, and they are worth being considered.

Security

A trusted IT cloud managed service provider is preferred over others so that enterprises can focus on growing their businesses. Before choosing a managed service provider to manage cloud deployments, enterprises should make sure they have a robust security system to maintain data safely without the possibility of being hacked. The native security protocols and strategies are mandatory for every service provider to secure the cloud environment from data breaches and security threats, both internal and external. It should also comply with any regulations proving to reduce risks increasingly.

Business goals

Before choosing a managed service provider, it is necessary to make decisions based on how they will help to meet specific business needs. Selecting a random service provider can lead to a failure of business with increased investments. It is recommended that the managed service provider a company partners with should fulfill the unique business needs while helping them to attain their goals.

Long-lasting partnership

If a business is satisfied with the service offered by a managed service provider, it will expect a relationship to be established between them. To understand a business thoroughly, it is essential to have a good relationship with the service provider. A mutual agreement is recommended highlighting the period of service. Not all enterprises want their service providers to serve them throughout; however, many prefer a time frame. This time frame should correspond with the period during which the business can achieve its goals for the cloud.

Support hybrid/multi-cloud

Over the past decade, cloud computing has undergone explosive growth that most modern enterprises tend to adopt it. Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies are proof of this growth and will result in cloud transition in the forthcoming years. Businesses are creating hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures and tend to look for a managed service provider that will support these deployments. Also, in many cases, they support only one cloud vendor, so the enterprises should prefer the one who can manage multiple cloud vendors.

Exit Strategy

Not all the time does a managed service provider cater to all the business needs. They are known to come with some disadvantages as well. This, in turn, can affect the growth of a company, and they look forward to switching their cloud managed service provider. In this scenario, choosing another service provider without proper planning has some disadvantages, where the cost of migrating could be high. So, it is inevitable that a service provider should have an exit policy in their service level agreement (SLA) mentioning that it will assist the enterprise in a successful transition from one service provider to another.

Keeping in mind the above-mentioned strategies and choosing a cloud managed service provider that is committed to helping businesses leverage their cloud solutions while cutting costs and protecting the cloud environment can successfully drive the business operations towards growth.

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