Cloud technology has opened up a slate of new possibilities, but it’s also created significant new threats for regular users and enterprise users alike. Any value-added reseller (VAR), managed service provider (MSP) or sales agent targeting the enterprise market, therefore, needs to know just what to watch out for and what to encourage to provide solutions in this increasingly cloud-based environment.
What New Opportunities Have Emerged With the Cloud?
The cloud has brought great new opportunities for businesses that are tailor-made for solution providers.
Broader talent pool. Businesses now no longer need only hire people in the city in which they operate. Cloud-based document management and communications systems let anyone work from anywhere, if they have access to the tools.
Greater agility. Those who can work anywhere can work any time, too. Plus, access to systems resources that scale with need mean that projects that need more computing resources can get these without bulky, costly, and time-consuming installations.
New business. Consider the companies that would be nowhere without the cloud. Most streaming services count on it, and document storage operations can keep those documents secure in the cloud.
What New Threats do Businesses Face Thanks to the Cloud?
All of these advances haven’t come without threats to address, and that’s opportunity for the astute solution provider.
Security. This is commonly the big one. The information kept in the cloud is a valuable target for thieves, and from theft of customer data to theft of intellectual property, cloud security is one of the biggest risks there is.
Loss of visibility. A cloud is often opaque by its nature, and cloud computing is no different. It’s often hard to track information once it goes into the cloud. Those working remotely with cloud-based tools can’t be watched. Visibility is lost.
System performance. There’s a reason cloud-based systems come with service-level agreements (SLAs). Whether it’s the hardware at the user’s end or the hardware at the provider’s end, system performance has to be at its peak to provide the best cloud experience.
How Can I Provide Technology that Best Works With the Cloud?
The best way to provide technology that both works with the cloud and protects against the new threats seen previously is to start by getting in touch with MicroCorp. With over 30 years’ experience in partner support for VARs, MSPs and agent operations, this master agent can not only delivery the best in solutions but also top-level support.