Overcome Common Cloud Challenges With Managed Cloud

By Steven Fleischaker, Architect II

The cloud is essential to enabling agility and innovation in today’s business landscape. But challenges such as spiraling costs, vendor lock-in and skills gaps can make it difficult for organizations to achieve the benefits they want out of their cloud initiatives. For organizations with big cloud plans but limited in-house resources, Managed Cloud solutions offer an opportunity to lower operational burden while driving more impactful results.

Trouble with the cloud? Managed services can help.

More and more organizations are choosing to work with IT managed services partners for the cloud. The reality is that most organizations simply don’t have the time or resources to optimize their use of the cloud while also managing day-to-day operations.

With a managed services partner, organizations can do it all — hands-off and hassle-free. Here at Insight, our Managed Services team helps clients get the cloud capabilities they want with end-to-end, fully managed cloud services that offer outstanding performance, security and resiliency for just one monthly OpEx payment.

There are a number of common challenges in the cloud that a managed services partner like Insight can help address. Perhaps the two biggest challenges are security and costs. Because of the ever-changing nature of the cloud, there are a large variety of ways that even the most secure cloud environment can become insecure. If you lack visibility across your cloud environment and/or you don’t have strong governance in place, this opens you up to risk. With our Managed Cloud clients, we’ll look for security misconfigurations in their environments and advise on remediating gaps in our monthly service review. Depending on the client’s preferences, any remediation can either be done in partnership with the client or carried out entirely by our team.

Similarly, organizations need to know where they're spending their money in the cloud and optimize those costs. To address these concerns, we provide the tools and expertise necessary to help clients gain visibility into their spend. We meet regularly with clients to review and advise on where they can focus their efforts to deliver the greatest value and save money. For example, a client could have orphaned resources that are still racking up costs. In this case, we could help the client by pointing out this waste and closing out these resources.

The benefits of Managed Cloud

Managed Cloud services help organizations address the growing divide between traditional IT and business needs thanks to:

  • Operational efficiencies that free up IT staff
  • High-performance capabilities
  • Tighter alignment between IT and business goals
  • Improved service levels
  • Enhanced ability to meet workload demands
  • Integrated IT security, threat protection and disaster recovery

Plus, with Managed Cloud services, you can say goodbye to worrying about:

  • Vendor lock-in
  • Rogue/shadow IT
  • Meeting uptime requirements
  • Governance, regulation and compliance issues
  • Skills gaps and staff turnover
  • Equipment leases and hardware procurement
  • Unexpected costs

Realize the promise of the cloud with Insight Managed Cloud and AWS.

If you’re planning a migration to AWS or seeking to optimize your current AWS environment, Insight Managed Cloud for AWS gives you a complete strategic cloud solution to lighten your operational load and aim for even bigger results. As a top AWS partner, Insight has the expertise to help you get the most out of your AWS environment. If you’re interested in learning more about Insight Managed Cloud for AWS, here are some additional resources:

Optimize your cloud potential with Insight Managed Cloud services. Whatever you need from your cloud environment, we can help you get there. Learn more.