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For years, security was one of the main reasons cited by companies resisting cloud migration. But as the coronavirus pandemic has sped up digital transformation, many of these concerns seem to have faded: according to recent estimates by Deloitte, 90% of international enterprises could rely on hybrid clouds by 2022.
But while the cloud has clearly become the preferred place for data storage, this does not mean that security is no longer a concern. Like any tech solution, implementation is key — a poorly-managed cloud will not be immune to malware and other threats.
If your business has recently migrated to the cloud, or is reviewing its migration strategy, here are three reasons to consider outsourcing cloud technologies and services to a cloud solutions provider.
1. Expanded Cloud Management and Administration Solutions
As cloud migration has increased, the range of cloud options has expanded. In addition to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), many enterprises now rely on the cloud for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions as well.
But the expansion of cloud services places a greater burden on cloud managers and administrators, and meeting these challenges is not always possible without extra support. Outsourcing cloud management to an IT solutions provider is often the most cost-effective way to ensure a fully scalable cloud environment.
2. Enhanced Cloud Security
The experience of the past year has proven that the cloud can actually be a more secure option than maintaining on-site servers. This is in no small part due to the fact that some cloud solutions providers offer Cloud Security Operations Centre as a Service (SOCaaS).
When you outsource cloud security, you ensure that cloud security experts are monitoring your system and responding to potential threats around the clock. This includes:
- Advanced threat detection
- Automated threat mitigation
- DDOS protection
- Continuous security monitoring
Industry-leading cloud management guarantees that your cloud is protected against attacks 24/7/365, allowing your IT team to focus on other tasks.
3. Reduced Downtown and Improved Performance
One of the major concerns for any business operating on the cloud is to reduce downtime and outages as much as possible while also ensuring constant updates and patching.
As anyone who has ever had a server go offline knows, the disruption can be costly. If workloads are left unchecked, it’s an invitation to hackers.
It is often unrealistic to expect regular IT teams to handle cloud management on top of their regular duties, which is why outsourcing management to an IT solutions provider who specializes in cloud operations is often the best way to keep downtime at a minimum without disrupting operations.
As some parts of the world start to move out of the pandemic, it is becoming clear that the experience of working remotely for more than a year has had an indelible effect on how businesses operate. Cloud migration and management are two of the most significant examples of this dynamic.
But secure cloud operations rely on constant monitoring and support, and the best way to provide the highest standards of protection while enhancing capacities for performance and scalability is to outsource support to a cloud solutions provider.