Whether it’s SaaS, IaaS, or a hybrid—cloud services are fast becoming part of IT delivery for nearly every business. The number of companies, health care systems and academic organizations investigating cloud services continues to grow, and as a result the adoption of cloud deployment is skyrocketing.

It’s really no wonder—provisioning hosted servers is now as ubiquitous as provisioning VMs in an on-premises environment. In fact, creating cloud-enabled server instances is easier than ever. However, as any systems administrator will tell you, there’s more to it than simply creating a virtual machine. For example, there are considerations for network, storage, security, performance, access control, administration, backup and overall system availability. These considerations are often easily overlooked or even marginalized in pursuit of speed to delivery and low cost of entry. These two benefits, while fantastic, lack strategy and jeopardize the long term success of your virtual infrastructure.

The Case for Managed Services

Managed services that complement your virtual infrastructure are often the lynchpin to success in the cloud. Whether it’s public, private or hybrid cloud, chances are it’s a newer strategy and best practices are not well defined by traditional IT teams. Deploying IT in the cloud requires new skills and a different approach. To that end, greater business value is realized when the systems deployed in the cloud are designed and delivered in partnership with a cloud services company. More than simply a consumption-based infrastructure provider, there are cloud services companies in the marketplace that wrap the utility model with enterprise services.

Managed service providers like Datapipe act as a trusted guide in the cloud journey and go beyond rapid provisioning. An MSP can ensure greater success in the OpEx delivery of IT by offering services around application migration, infrastructure planning and design, use of public and private cloud, performance tuning, resource controls, consumption reporting and, of course, best practices to ensure compliance and security. Having access to additional managed services is increasingly valuable as the proposed environment becomes more complex or begins to scale.

Like the old adage goes: you don’t know what you don’t know. As cloud deployments are becoming part of IT delivery for nearly every business, it’s wise to leverage managed services to deliver every bit of value the cloud promises. Those services are often the center of a successful cloud strategy.

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