Do the challenges of managing your employees and maintaining your security keep you awake at night? Well we have some news for you. Technology is growing rapidly and those fears that keep you up are not going away. Don’t run away yet….we have a solution. The cloud. The cloud has all the solutions for all of your worries and concerns.
Did we sell you on it yet? Probably not, BUT here are 5 reasons why the cloud is the answer.
1. Manage and troubleshoot from anywhere
Normally, managing networks or troubleshooting a network issue requires someone to be physically present. Well this isn’t possible in some work situations. Even for companies that aren’t faced with this problem, having everything on the cloud accessible anywhere at anytime. It’s a no brainer.
Having cloud managed IT makes managing and troubleshooting issues from anywhere finally a reality. It allows for an IT administrator (like Peerless) to quickly be alerted about a network issue, diagnose the problem, and create a solution from any computer with internet access.
2. Easy to set up, configure, and manage
No one wants to have to install and maintain a large network infrastructure or even more when it comes to multiple sites. The hassle is far too frustrating.
Now what would anyone say if they were told the could simplify challenging tasks WHILE cutting down on the time AND cost??? Having a managing IT infrastructure does just this! With zero-touch provisioning, devices such as access points, security appliances, and VoIP phones can be pre-configured before they arrive on-site. Then configurations download automatically once the device is connected to the network. Having a managed IT infrastructure through the cloud requires less investment in on-site setup which in return reduces staff costs dramatically.
3. Superior security
As a business, security should be one of your top goals. In order to maintain a secure stack that ensures high levels of productivity and uptime, IT needs constant visibility into network traffic, security threats, and device activity. Going hand in hand with that, keeping all security definitions and device firmware up-to-date is crucial. Cloud managed IT makes it simple for IT admins to develop a real-time understanding of whats happening network-wide and to ensure that security threats are kept at bay.
With a full cloud managed infrastructure, IT admins can look at application usage on a client basis and enforce security policies at the firewall or an access point level, all from one dashboard. Additionally, when threats arise, admins can rest assured knowing that the latest security updates have already been pushed to firewall devices, silently and automatically, all over the internet. This kind of visibility and automation significantly reduces the burden on IT while ensuring complete network security.
4. Interconnected management unlocks new possibilities
Traditional IT management is a piecemeal affair. Because there are different vendors for different parts of the stack––wireless, switching, security, mobile device management, and more––configuring more than one category of device at a time to accomplish a certain network-wide goal is usually not possible. Even, worse, IT admins have to learn how to navigate many different interfaces and deal with multiple support lines if they run into any issues.
Cloud managed IT is the idea that every part of the stack can be controlled from a single management interface. This enables different elements of your IT infrastructure to work together in new ways. With every device communicating with one another and with the cloud, IT admins can view a complete network topology, updated live, and instantly troubleshoot issues with any device. As the demand on the network grows and new IT infrastructure is added, every new piece of gear can be managed from the same interface. Something this easy makes cloud managed IT ideal for growing organizations with ever-increasing numbers or users, devices, and sites.
5. Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Overall, one of the most important considerations when choosing which IT stack to implement is the overall cost. While the cost of the initial hardware is important, too many companies focus only on the hardware cost and ignore ongoing support and maintenance costs. The best feature of cloud managed IT is the flexibility and ease-of-use inherent in the cloud managed model means much lower management costs over time. In return, this results in a much lower TCO over the span of a few years.
As previously stated, a cloud managed stack provides your IT team (like us) with extensive visibility into network performance, as well as actionable alerts whenever there may be a hiccup. You’ll be able to proactively diagnose issues and manage problems before they impact your business. Additionally, with the cloud managed model, multi-site management is simple and straightforward. To bring this back home, the total cost of ownership of a cloud managed IT stack is much lower than a traditional IT infrastructure––often by thousands of dollars.
One day long ago, on-site network controllers, command line interfaces, and manual firewall configuration were enough to manage a network. But this is not the case anymore. It just can’t keep up with the needs of modern organizations. Embracing cloud managed IT presents significant advantages for admins who want to implement a forward thinking IT infrastructure that is built to last.
Food for thought: Cloud managed IT doesn’t just help save time and resources; it unlocks new capabilities that just aren’t achievable with legacy IT solutions.