With all of the focus now on the growing industry of cloud computing, it seems that too many people have been caught up in the excitement without realizing just how complicated this industry can be. Luckily, with the rise of cloud computing services has also come the rise of cloud broker services, which act as third-party intermediaries between businesses and their cloud services in order to provide an extra level of security and cloud consulting.
Here are a few things that you can expect from a good cloud storage broker:
Before you even start developing your cloud infrastructure in detail, you first have to pick out the cloud providers that you want to work with! Considering that the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that public cloud spending will increase to at least $100 billion by 2016 (up from $40 billion in 2012), and consider that you have the ability to choose between public, private, or hybrid cloud services, it’s clear that your choices may be more intimidating than anything else. Good cloud broker services will help you choose the provider(s) that will help your business the most.
Payment simplicity is another major advantage of using cloud broker companies, especially if you find that your business is using multiple different cloud services. Most cloud brokers will have their own model or business plan that’s an aggregate of multiple cloud services, and the main benefit to the end client is that there’s only one bill to pay and only one system to manage.
Many cloud brokers also provide an extra layer of security — and let’s be honest, you can’t have too much security these days! Even though nearly half (49%) of companies have IT departments that develop IT security training for using the cloud, it never hurts to have the expert cloud consultants also perform their own cloud security assessments of your system. In fact, cloud security is such an important part of this industry that the security market alone is expected to reach $8.71 billion by 2019.
Of course, when you work with cloud broker services, you’ll also get a great team of experts who are passionate about the cloud industry and who will provide unprecedented help for navigating and understanding the cloud — sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it?
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 for a complimentary initial assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org or (855) 61-VOICE