Migrating into the cloud is something that is becoming more and more popular as businesses move towards an integrated approach. However with stories of data breaches and hacking in the news, it isn’t uncommon for clients to be hesitant about moving their business into the cloud. As their IT provider, as long as you are able to implement security measures, you may feel that it’s time to move their systems into the cloud to provide a number of benefits to them. Here are some of the reasons to think about migrating your customers into the cloud.
Productivity through flexible working
Something that a growing number of companies are now offering as an employee incentive is the ability to work from home or any other location remotely. This is usually offered as a number of hours, and is made possible by setting up an IT infrastructure that is based in the cloud either as a virtual desktop infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop or via cloud-based software.
All internal information can be accessed remotely via the cloud which gives employees the ability to work remotely from any chosen location as long as they have an internet connection. Despite initial concerns that your clients may have about not being able to keep an eye on staff, in many cases flexible working has shown to actually increase staff productivity and lower the staff turnover as they can work around home commitments.
Greater security and lower risks
Another reason that you should consider migrating your clients into the cloud is the opportunity for greater security measures and lower risks of data breaches. Using the cloud makes it easier to restrict access to specific information to unauthorised parties – for example contractors coming into your client’s working environment. Appropriate security measures can be implemented at both the infrastructure, storage and application tiers. This improves overall security and offers high availability options to increase uptime SLAs.
Less downtime after disasters
Hosting your clients’ systems in the cloud means that if there are any unexpected problems or damage to hardware, all information will be backed up and accessible. This reduces downtime in the event of a disaster increases the RTO speed, and minimises any impacts that these could have on their business. This can help them to maintain the best experience for their own customers and also allows any internal issues to be fixed without a knock-on effect to the rest of the business. Geographical replication of data together with highly available mirrored data centres can ensure an EPO of 0% with an RTO of seconds.
More storage and scalability
As your clients’ business grows, or even downsizes, their systems will require scalability. Hosting their systems virtually gives them the ability to expand their storage requirements. As their storage requirements change, you will not need to make huge changes to the infrastructure as the ability to use more storage is already in place.
Filling the skills gap
Marathon’s experienced engineers are able to work for you on a white-labelled basis to take care of the setup when migrating your clients into the cloud. We can offer expert advice and support to your own team, and even provide a help-desk service to your clients so that any issues can be solved promptly even when you don’t have the availability in-house. Whether your clients require a private, public, or hybrid cloud, Marathon can help.
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