Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages of a managed cloud service for business resilience

Studies have shown that enterprises embracing the latest technological solutions are achieving greater success at staying resilient amidst the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Companies that already allowed staff to operate flexibly from home and had pre-existing data security measures in place found they could provide a seamless service for their clients, with staff able to perform their roles efficiently and safely from a remote location. As part of an effective strategy to keep operating efficiently, many firms are now selecting managed cloud services.

This solution can have a wide range of benefits for businesses, providing a wealth of useful features while avoiding the worries of time-consuming maintenance and what can sometimes be disproportionate and unnecessary costs.

Handling and storing data is part of every modern company’s operations and keeping this information secure is crucial. On-premises data storage is at risk from a wide range of security threats, expensive downtime and unwanted data loss, however, these issues can be mitigated effectively when information is managed in the cloud.

Migrating enterprise data from on-site storage to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, but it is simpler to implement than many other systems. In the following sections, we’ll explore the nature of managed cloud services and look at eight advantages companies can enjoy when they use them.

Effective cost management of your managed cloud service

Using cloud-managed services can effectively reduce costs, as monthly payments need only be made for facilities that are being used. Plans can be customised, bespoke to business needs allowing firms to optimise IT support payments and only spend on a setup that is truly required. Reducing unnecessary expenses is an important part of any firm’s longevity.

Centralised network

Enterprises can benefit from a managed cloud service provider (MSP) that effectively tends all servers and apps in the central data centre as part of the dedicated cloud network. This enables multiple users to access central data in the same network along with any virtual services that are available. Using the cloud, firms can also create backup and storage facilities within the central network. All these features create smoother business processes, with staff using the enhanced network availability to share and save data efficiently.

Enhanced scalability

Managed cloud services offer plenty of room for expansion, ideal for growing businesses. With the aid of managed cloud services, businesses are also able to focus on operations while time-consuming technical issues are attended to by the dedicated service provider.

Data restoration

Firms still employing servers on premises often have complicated recovery plans in place with data stored off-site in case a disaster should happen. Managed cloud services, on the other hand, ensure data is always secure and safe across all applications and services. This means that businesses using cloud storage can remain resilient and return to full operations with data fully restored swiftly and minimise any downtime suffered.

Maintaining network security

Cloud Services depend on the internet as their base network, offering a solution free from the risk of physical threats. Firewalls, secure VLANs, as well as IDS/IPS can all be established for a single or multiple cloud servers, creating a secure and dedicated network environment for users. Sensitive data stored in the cloud is not put at risk in the same way as content saved to laptops and other computers. This can be ideal when staff must work remotely, allowing them to use and save data safely, always protected by cloud service security protocols. – Read more

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As offices close due to COVID-19, we all need ways to make working from home easier

If you usually work in a city centre office, then it is likely you have been working from home instead over the past nine months. Coronavirus has changed the working life of a lot of people, and working from home is a trend that seems set to continue in the future, even if the pandemic is resolved. Of course, you will still need to interact with colleagues, share information and perform other tasks as a team. Cloud computing allows you to do these things and more. You will also need to get into a regular working pattern, which can be hard from home since it is much harder to discipline yourself and get things done with numerous temptations or family around. Read on for some information on how cloud computing could help you work from home, and some other tips to structure your day and make sure you’re productive.

Stick to a schedule

When you are working from home and don’t have the pressure of your manager hovering over you, it can be easy to put off work. However, the more you put off work, the harder it will be to catch up. A day off can turn into a week, putting you behind schedule and annoying your manager. Building a routine is key to keeping on top of things. Set your alarm, get up on time, have a healthy breakfast, shower, then get started. If you can, have a dedicated space in your house to work from. Working sitting on your bed or the sofa can lead to you being distracted and too comfortable. Set up your home office as close to the design of your normal office as possible. Work for a set amount of time, then stop. If you don’t work from your normal office after six o’clock, don’t do it from home either. Remember, everyone needs rest and relaxation, especially in present circumstances.

Take care of mental and physical health

Your mental and physical health may be suffering due to being stuck at home during the pandemic. Take heed of the tips above and get plenty of exercise and eat well to take care of your physical health, but don’t abandon your mental health either. This is a trying time for everyone, as we are all living with the uncertainty of what may happen next, or if we or our loved ones are at risk of catching the virus. Our bodies and brains are stressed constantly, so be kind to yourself. If you are struggling, find something you enjoy, like a good book or a good bottle of wine, and spend a few hours relaxing. Take regular breaks in your workday to let your batteries recharge. Make sure you follow all government instructions in regards to the pandemic, but if you are allowed, get out and meet a friend for a walk. A bit of social interaction can do wonders for your mental health. You will find that you are not alone and lots of people are suffering too, so have a chat and get it all out.

Leave the house

Getting out of the house is essential if you work from home. It is not healthy to be stuck at a desk inside all day, and some fresh air will reinvigorate you, clear your head and help you sleep better. You could start doing some exercise during the day to break up your work schedule a little. Going for a run at lunchtime is even better than a walk, as it will burn even more calories and use up some energy. – Read more

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How COVID-19 has created an unprecedented demand for cloud hosting providers.

My Post (13).pngThe unprecedented lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic have led to huge changes in the traditional workplace environment and in the way that businesses are being run.

Every sector and industry in the UK has been affected in some way as companies adapt to new working environments. For most companies, that means joining in with the work from home revolution, even if they never planned to in the past.

For the IT sector, a shift to online working has created a huge surge in demand for dedicated cloud hosting platforms, as companies have quickly looked to increase their security and storage capabilities.

In this article, we take a look at how cloud hosting has been affected by COVID-19, and how cloud hosting providers have coped marvellously well with the surge in popularity!

What is cloud hosting and why is it in demand?

COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for cloud-based hosting and the upsurge in demand has been felt by hosting services across the country as they deal with the ever-expanding move towards more cloud-based systems and applications.

But to understand why cloud hosting is currently in demand due to COVID-19, we need to take a look at what cloud hosting actually is.

In the not so distant past, companies or websites would host their data on a single server. This server would have a location, usually within a data centre, somewhere in the world. That server could host just one website’s data or it could host the data for several different companies all at once.

But in recent years, there’s been a fundamental shift in data hosting. Instead of using a single server, there’s been a move towards hosting data on multiple servers, giving better redundancy and scalability. This has become known as cloud hosting, the idea being that the data you need storing is stored simultaneously across a ‘cloud’ of different servers. – Read more

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