When it comes to technology, there’s a consultancy service for virtually everything. And so it is with the cloud. But what is cloud consulting, and why does it matter?
Guidance Through the Confusion
One of the major benefits of the cloud is its flexibility. You can use as many or few resources as you need because you’re only billed for what you use. You can configure and reconfigure your hosted systems as often as you need. You can do almost anything without the overheads and capital costs associated with building on-premise systems.
However, with this flexibility comes confusion. Not all cloud platforms offer the same features, for instance. The usage billing model can be extremely confusing to understand – and expensive to get wrong. And the rapid pace of change means that even if your business has been using the cloud for years, there are still pitfalls that can catch you out.
Cloud consultancy stays on top of all the latest developments to ensure they can help their clients cut through the confusion They can help you identify the services and features you need – and help you optimise them for your business operations.
Assistance with a long-term strategy
It is incredibly easy to get started with the cloud – particularly if you simply lift and shift your existing virtual servers into the new environment. And although this approach works, it does not allow you to take full advantage of the features available (it also tends to increase the cost of working in the cloud.
Cloud consultancy services can help you decide three key strategic factors – what can be moved to the cloud, what should be retained on-premise and which of your applications need to be re-engineered for greater efficiency and cost control.
Using these insights, you can build a long-term strategy that properly balances the nuances of the cloud with your future computing needs for greatest effect. They can also help you to better understand the various usage billing models to accurately forecast cloud costs, allowing for more accurate budgeting (and fewer unexpectedly large bills)
Access to the resources you need
Cloud computing requires a slightly different skillset – and those skills are currently in high demand. For many businesses, it is not economically viable to hire the people they need to carry out migrations, configurations and ongoing maintenance.
Cloud consulting typically provides access to a pool of cloud specialists who can assist with your projects. In many ways they operate just like the cloud, allowing you to pick-and-choose the people and skills you need for each stage of a project – like having a collection of on-demand resources at your disposal.
Contact us for more advice
Confused by the cloud? You’re not alone. Cloud consultancy services can help your business cut through the jargon, spin and confusion to help you take full advantage of these exciting new technologies.
At Texaport, we understand the importance of these advancements, and we work with our clients to put a reliable system in place to improve their business efficiency. Our team has a wide range of IT knowledge and remains acquainted with the movements in the IT industry. Find out more here.