What is the value of Managed Cloud Services?

Conducting a cloud solution cost-benefit analysis can be a difficult task. For many, the cloud is a “magical” frontier with fuzzy numbers and trendy buzzwords. When it comes to assessing true managed cloud solution costs and value, one concept comes up again and again: total cost of ownership (TCO).

True cost of ownership

TCO receives a lot of attention on tech blogs and in whitepapers, which makes it easy for TCO to get lost in a sea of jargon and trends. This is a problem. Traditional cost-benefit evaluations may not consider true cost of ownership, which includes intangibles difficult to quantify. Without evaluating those factors, it’s impossible to understand cloud migration advantages and disadvantages.

Intangible benefits add value

True value includes intangibles, but how can you assign accurate value to the following managed cloud solution benefits?

  • Free up your in-house IT personnel to help on key business projects.
  • Have agility to ride the next consumer trend.
  • Assure speedy disaster recovery through off-site data storage.
  • Faster deployment to the cloud.

Although you can estimate these values, they’re difficult to accurately quantify. Nevertheless, these and other intangible benefits are clearly on the “pro” side of managed cloud solutions, maximizing returns on investment.

Tangible benefits

Tangible benefit values are more easily evaluated in managed cloud solutions and can be significant.

  • Access the latest tech and trained talent with no capital outlay.
  • Flexibly add and provision servers as needed.
  • Reduce IT spend on idle resources, CPU, memory, and storage capacity.
  • Reduce IT downtime costs.
  • Reduce cost of risk around compliance – a managed cloud solution can remove the risk of expensive non-compliance fines.

In addition to deployment, configuration, and management, a managed cloud provider will work closely with you to optimize your cloud environment to ensure your IT strategy translates into measureable business results.

What’s included in Synoptek’s Managed Cloud solution?

  • 24×7 tech support – access to a regional team that understands your business and IT history.
  • Proactive monitoring – ensures your key business applications will not fail due to performance issues or malware.
  • Cost & utilization management – hundreds of checks and alerts that identify idle and underutilized resources.
  • Patch management.
  • Change management.
  • Security best practices and remediation- 200+ security best practice checks and alerts that help to fulfill PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, and other major compliance requirements.
  • Client advisory – cloud experts that can architect your environment, orchestrate application performance, and take accountability for your IT strategy.
  • A complete cloud migration roadmap.
  • and more.

Consider Your Cloud Relationship

The most important element as you continue your migration to taking greater and greater advantage of the cloud economics is the partner who guides you. An objective, platform-agnostic partner like Synoptek assures that every choice you are offered is a choice that benefits you most, not the cloud provider, not some other interest. Their continuing relationship with you depends upon their ability to keep you very satisfied with the cloud services you use to support your business every day. When choosing a cloud services provider to address your biggest information management and operational challenges, don’t let sheer size be your guide. Choose a proven partner with a long track record, extensive professional resources, multiple quality data centers, and the kind of relationship builders you know you can trust to keep your best interests at the forefront of the conversation.

To discuss true managed cloud solution value and costs, speak with a Synoptek Managed Cloud expert

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Synoptek is an established firm that provides information systems consulting and IT management services. Synoptek and its predecessors have been providing these services for 23 years.