As we approach the end of the year, it’s natural to take a moment to look both forward and back, to think on how things went in 2017, and what can go better in 2018. As a company who offers managed IT services in Orange County, we too look at the trends and progress of the year, and we see great potential for businesses who are looking for IT help, especially for cloud-based IT.
One word: Infrastructure
Each year sees more and more businesses migrating key functionalities and capabilities over to the cloud. The behind-the-screens result of this seismic shift is that MSPs (managed service providers) are gaining an outsized role in the way that businesses manage their data. For most businesses, this is a good thing. The “hybrid cloud” model, where a business keeps some of its IT infrastructure on-site, while moving others to the cloud can result in systems that take scope and effort to maintain, and MSPs are there to help with this complex, time-consuming, and crucial job.
Organizations are drawn to this hybrid IT solution for many reasons. Some need to go hybrid, due to regulatory restrictions. Still others feel the need to keep a certain degree of control over their data, which they feel is lost with cloud management. While this can be a valid concern if you pay someone once to set up your system, an MSP relationship offers the same amount of access to your data, with the added benefit of continuous expert insight into its management.
A dedicated MSP can be transformational to a business. Partnering with someone with IT knowledge, and a range of products and services to choose from means that they aren’t just a person who fixes things when they break. Professional MSPs actually work with you to craft an infrastructure that makes sense for your short- and long-term goals. It’s as if your MSP IT guy becomes a key team member, and the wider reaching your network systems are, the more you stand to benefit from this strategic help, in the form of cost savings and added efficiency.
When an organization moves data toward the cloud, things get more efficient. In areas like as app performance, users notice a faster user experience right away. What’s more, even if some data stays outside the cloud, latencies and inefficiencies are minimized as the data gets closer to the cloud, a tendency appropriately called “data gravity.” There are a range of options, but you can be sure that any amount of cloud-based IT can be a game-changer.
Is 2018 your year to start in with an MSP for the roll-out of a cloud-based data solution or other IT need? If you’re considering managed IT services in Orange County, reach out to CloudStep.