MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As IT departments shift from the role of asset manager to service provider and strategic business driver, it's more critical than ever for CIOs to focus their resources wisely to gain the biggest impact for the investment. For many CIOs, this means turning to managed cloud service experts to assist with daily management of cloud infrastructure and services. Managed cloud partners allow a business to entrust routine management tasks to experts with the proficiency to not only implement and deploy cloud and related services, but to tailor configurations to ensure optimal function – giving the business the best platform on which to succeed.
A new Frost & Sullivan whitepaper titled, Cloud-Based Managed Services: Tips for Selecting a Provider that Can Help You Re-Tool Your IT Department, reviews the benefits of managed cloud services within an enterprise IT environment, how such services can solve common IT management challenges, and what businesses should look for in a managed cloud services provider.
The move toward hybrid cloud environments is making IT more complex and difficult to administer in a seamless manner. Many businesses struggle to design, implement, and manage hybrid cloud environments. In fact, in a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, 52 percent of IT decision-makers cite a lack of in-house expertise at hampering their cloud implementations.
"In the highly competitive IT environment businesses face today, not just any managed cloud service provider will suffice. Businesses should seek a partner with strong expertise in both the infrastructure and the related cloud workloads riding on the infrastructure," stated Frost & Sullivan Cloud Computing Industry Analyst Karyn Price. "Without deep understanding of both components, it will be difficult to configure the cloud for prime function of the workload."
With managed cloud services, businesses gain a finely tuned infrastructure that is configured to help applications and workloads run optimally today; while ongoing management enables the provider to suggest or make changes on the customer's behalf, to ensure maximum performance as usage or business demands change.
"Managed cloud services can be the bridge that spans the gap between internal resources and the IT department's needs," emphasized Price. "The right service provider offers not only applications and infrastructure, but the expertise to augment staff and manage resources to meet a business's needs and goals."
Considering the variety of managed cloud providers available in the market today, seeking an expert partner with both broad and deep expertise can set a business on a firm path to cloud success, both today and in the years to come.
To learn more about managed cloud services from IBM, please visit: https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/infrastructure/managed-cloud-hosting/
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