Factors that set successful cloud partners apart from their peers

Businesses around the world are flocking en masse to the world of managed cloud hosting in the hope that they can implement more effective IT systems. Cloud solutions are inherently cheaper for operations and infrastructure than on-premise data centers that require constant updating and maintenance, and enterprises have recognized this. 

In fact, an Infoholic Research report found that the global cloud infrastructure market is expanding rapidly. The study offered an estimate for the size of the market in 2015 in the ballpark of $109 billion. Though this figure is substantial, it pales in comparison to the projected market in five years’ time. Infoholic Research estimated that the industry will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.2 percent until 2020, at which time the global market will be worth roughly $207 billion. 

The booming industry is gaining new subscribers each and every day, but many overlook the importance of choosing the right partner that can offer the most comprehensive services. The effectiveness of a managed cloud hosting provider can vary, and potential users need to consider more than just the cost of a given solution in order to determine which option is best for them. 

Cloud partners should help to streamline implementation

Industry expert Marc Malizia wrote in an article for CloudTweaks that a poor migration process is often the downfall of many unsuccessful cloud adoption strategies. After all, moving data, apps and infrastructure from an in-house setting to a virtual server is complicated and can be tedious. He cautioned that a complex plan should be formed well in advance of the actual transition. But for IT departments with limited resources and knowledge on the subject, this can be a daunting task if they are offered little assistance from their cloud partners. 

Malizia lamented that this can often be attributed to a lack of experience among cloud vendors in dealing with the actual migration process. He stressed that it is imperative to identify a provider that not only offers migration services, but has an extensive background in dealing with such transitions in order to assure that the process goes smoothly. 

In addition, the author pointed out that in most cases, cloud users still maintain some data and servers on-premises due to compliance and regulatory issues within their industries, or just a preference to keep particularly sensitive data within the building. Either way, this data needs to be managed somehow, and Malizia said that it is important that cloud providers offer remote management services that can oversee even the information that is not being stored virtually. 

DRaaS is no longer a luxury – it’s a requirement

Disaster recovery was once a simple – but expensive – concept. Businesses would purchase a second data center in a remote location, where they would back up and store their data in the event that their on-site servers were hacked or damaged. Since operating and maintaining a single data center is very costly, it stands to reason that this practice was only available to large enterprises. 

However, the cloud has completely flipped this industry on its head, Malizia said. DRaaS is a burgeoning sector within cloud computing that offers safeguarding of important data and functions without requiring extensive investment. The author noted that replication software can reproduce the majority of lost files, and the virtualized nature of these solutions ensures that businesses of all sizes can afford them. 

Malizia argued that DRaaS is not only accessible to all these days – it’s necessary. He asserted that cloud partners should provide these solutions as a part of their hosting services, and that the subscribers should not be faced with choosing and implementing the software themselves. The provider has access to your data, so that third party should also be tasked with backing it up and restoring it, should a situation arise in which those functions are necessary. 

Cloud migration is not simple, so it is important to identify a partner that can handle the bulk of the intricacies. To find out more about transitioning to cloud hosting, contact Datapipe, which provides top quality managed services for a variety of businesses and specializes in infrastructure solutions. 

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Businesses around the world are flocking en masse to the world of managed cloud hosting in the hope that they can implement more effective IT systems. Cloud solutions are inherently cheaper for operations and infrastructure than on-premise data centers that require constant updating and maintenance, and enterprises have recognized this. In fact, an Infoholic Research report found that the global cloud infrastructure market is expanding rapidly. The study offered an estimate for the size of the market in 2015 in the ballpark of $109 billion. Though this figure is substantial, it pales in comparison to the projected market in five years' time. Infoholic Research estimated that the industry will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.2 percent until 2020, at which time the global market will be worth roughly $207 billion. The booming industry is gaining new subscribers each and every day, but many overlook the importance of choosing the right partner that can offer the most comprehensive services. The effectiveness of a managed cloud hosting provider can vary, and potential users need to consider more than just the cost of a given solution in order to determine which option is best for them.

Cloud partners should help to streamline implementation

Industry expert Marc Malizia wrote in an article for CloudTweaks that a poor migration process is often the downfall of many unsuccessful cloud adoption strategies. After all, moving data, apps and infrastructure from an in-house setting to a virtual server is complicated and can be tedious. He cautioned that a complex plan should be formed well in advance of the actual transition. But for IT departments with limited resources and knowledge on the subject, this can be a daunting task if they are offered little assistance from their cloud partners. Malizia lamented that this can often be attributed to a lack of experience among cloud vendors in dealing with the actual migration process. He stressed that it is imperative to identify a provider that not only offers migration services, but has an extensive background in dealing with such transitions in order to assure that the process goes smoothly. In addition, the author pointed out that in most cases, cloud users still maintain some data and servers on-premises due to compliance and regulatory issues within their industries, or just a preference to keep particularly sensitive data within the building. Either way, this data needs to be managed somehow, and Malizia said that it is important that cloud providers offer remote management services that can oversee even the information that is not being stored virtually.

DRaaS is no longer a luxury – it's a requirement

Disaster recovery was once a simple – but expensive – concept. Businesses would purchase a second data center in a remote location, where they would back up and store their data in the event that their on-site servers were hacked or damaged. Since operating and maintaining a single data center is very costly, it stands to reason that this practice was only available to large enterprises. However, the cloud has completely flipped this industry on its head, Malizia said. DRaaS is a burgeoning sector within cloud computing that offers safeguarding of important data and functions without requiring extensive investment. The author noted that replication software can reproduce the majority of lost files, and the virtualized nature of these solutions ensures that businesses of all sizes can afford them. Malizia argued that DRaaS is not only accessible to all these days – it's necessary. He asserted that cloud partners should provide these solutions as a part of their hosting services, and that the subscribers should not be faced with choosing and implementing the software themselves. The provider has access to your data, so that third party should also be tasked with backing it up and restoring it, should a situation arise in which those functions are necessary. Cloud migration is not simple, so it is important to identify a partner that can handle the bulk of the intricacies. To find out more about transitioning to cloud hosting, contact Datapipe, which provides top quality managed services for a variety of businesses and specializes in infrastructure solutions.