Many businesses today know that by using cloud computing programs, they can cut costs while improving the efficiency of their company; many businesses also know that if they use cloud brokerage services to help them choose and manage the best cloud services available, they’ll be able to maximize the advantages that the cloud has to offer.
The one small problem? Far too many people still don’t really understand what cloud broker services do or how exactly they benefit companies by serving as cloud consultants and middlemen. With that in mind, let’s take a look at businesses and their top 3 questions about cloud brokerage services:
What is a cloud services broker, and what does it do?
On the most basic level, a cloud services broker provides access to many different cloud computing services — both public and private — and helps businesses pick out which services will be the best for each individual business. Part of the reason why only 19% of businesses use a hybrid cloud, while 60% use the public cloud and 57% use the private cloud, is because it’s difficult to figure out which services will fit together and provide a seamless solution — and this is where cloud brokerage services help fit together the puzzle pieces.
What ongoing services does a cloud broker provide?
Beyond just helping businesses pick out the programs to use, cloud brokers also provide a variety of ongoing management services, data analysis, and sometimes even security. Additionally, because so many cloud services are popping up on a regular basis, companies often find that although one cloud program may have been beneficial at first, another program may be more cost-effective or flexible as the business itself grows and changes. When these companies are working with a cloud brokerage service, they can have expert guidance when analyzing programs and choose which ones are the best options.
Is it necessary to have a cloud broker even if you have a good IT department?
Technically it’s not really necessary to work with any cloud broker services at all — but that doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit tremendously if you do, and the same goes for working with a cloud services broker. This type of service will keep your business up-to-date on the latest cloud infrastructure and will help your business process and analyze data over multiple platforms — and there’s never any question about whether you’re paying the right price for a cloud service, or whether you’re using the most secure cloud program possible.
Think of it this way: experts predict that the market for cloud equipment will reach about $79.1 billion by 2018, and right now at least 35% of IT services are made possible by cloud-based services. In other words, cloud computing is a big industry, and your business will benefit from a little bit of help!
DoubleHorn is a leading cloud-based Managed Services Provider, founded in January 2005 and based in Austin, TX. We specialize in delivering Cloud Services, Managed Communications and Consulting to the Enterprise, Government and SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) sectors. If you are new to the cloud and not sure how to get started, contact us