February 07, 2012
Webinar - How Do You Easily Transition to the Cloud? Choose the Best Cloud Vendor
By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor
We get it – the thought of transitioning to the cloud is a scary one for you. And your thinking has merit as factors like security, compliance, and cost are very valid concerns that must be addressed by the cloud providers you interview. (And it doesn’t help that previous companies who tried to transition to the cloud years ago had a more difficult time doing so).
But the bottom line is you stand to benefit a great deal if you adopt cloud technology. Among the benefits that cloud communications affords companies, both small and medium businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, is the fact that organizations can enjoy cost savings. While corporate servers are estimated to run at only 15 percent capacity and have exorbitant associated maintenance costs, cloud technology allows companies to save money by removing these servers and the costs associated with them. By placing servers in the cloud, companies can enjoy a consumption-based model, paying only for the space that they use.
Moreover, the cloud gives companies great scalability options primarily because it’s offline. The cloud offers virtually unlimited storage compared to servers and hard drives and, thus, everyone from the smallest SMB to the largest enterprise can deploy cloud services.
With these benefits in mind, many companies are going the way of the cloud and, accordingly, might find themselves posing a variety of questions that they need answers to such as: How do I choose the right cloud service provider?; Do I opt for a public, private or hybrid cloud model?; How will I provide customer support for my new cloud service?; and How will I manage and provision these new services?
For those trying to achieve cloud deployment, particularly managed service providers (MSPs), take a deep breath and relax as you come to terms with the fact that your cloud dreams are only days away, not months. All of this is possible if you choose a promising cloud service provider that will do all the hard work for you already. These providers will boast streamlined processes and flexible business models and simplify your business’s delivery of cloud services.
Want to hear more about how important it is for MSPs to choose the right cloud vendors? Then sign up for a free webinar event taking place at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST Thursday, Feb. 16, titled “The ‘Automation Checklist’ Successful MSPs Use to Quickly and Easily Launch Cloud Services and Drive New Revenue,” sponsored by VAR Dynamics. To register, click here.
Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein