Jun 19, 2018

C’mon, quit fooling yourself.  You can’t do it all.


IT managers today have a lot of tasks to juggle – so much so that they probably wish they had more hands to manage it all. With hybrid clouds, multi-cloud environments and traditional on premise assets all in place, management ends up spinning an ever-expanding set of plates. You aren’t an octopus, capable of reaching out in every direction at once to keep everything going smoothly. Managed cloud services are becoming a necessity.

Why Managed Services Matter

The move toward consumer choice in society today has expanded to the cloud, with more businesses picking and choosing services to meet their specific demands, a report from the Forbes Technology Council explained. Organizations often get many benefits from these complex cloud environments, but they also introduce a variety of management challenges, including figuring out how to encrypt different traffic types, making the network work across provider ecosystems, and coordinating services between multiple vendors.

An Enterprisers Project report also spoke to the rise of multi-cloud systems and the associated management challenges that arise. Two of the major issues it brought up were the need to develop a deep understanding of the native tools of each platform in use and the requirement that teams gain an ability to accurately track resources across configurations.

The increasingly complex cloud solutions in place in enterprise IT make managed services valuable.

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Gaining Control of Your Cloud Environments

Multi-cloud management, particularly in hybrid environments, doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. If you find yourself among the many IT leaders dealing with too many moving parts to feasibly handle the services on hand, you may need help.

Managed cloud services can help organizations balance control with ease of use. In theory, a hybrid cloud is supposed to provide a convenient IT setup. Organizations have their private clouds to safeguard sensitive workloads, the public cloud for easy app releases and geo-diverse data centers to cover disaster recovery. In theory, the cloud makes your life easier because you have many assets under the control of third-party service providers.

In practice, many companies end up facing cloud sprawl, a situation in which they have so many services and programs in place that it becomes nearly impossible to manage them in a coherent way. Shifting cloud workloads into configurations supported by managed services providers can ease the problem in a few key ways. These include:

  • Integrating your services across multiple vendors to allow for seamless data transit across cloud setups
  • Providing a one-stop destination for support requests so you don’t have to jump through hoops to get help when something goes wrong
  • Optimizing network configurations between facilities to ensure adequate service levels are maintained at all times
  • Hosting cloud solutions in edge data centers, aligning facility capabilities with workload demands

 

These capabilities allow managed cloud service providers to, in essence, unify your hybrid and multi-cloud setups into a single configuration, delivering the service anywhere and reducing overhead along the way. As a result, you have a single pane of glass to view your cloud through, making it easier to control and govern your solutions while the service provider keeps them running for you.

At Lume, we’ve built our brand identity around robust managed services. With an expert staff in place across a diverse footprint of data centers, we can offer consulting and infrastructure management, taking us from a hosting provider to a true part of your team. We can you’re your choice of infrastructure and provide everything from managed backups and managed security to load balancing, advanced monitoring and more.

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