Everything from AWS to G Suite, from Office 365 to the kitchen sink, is moving to the cloud. As the IT landscape shifts beneath them, organizations are pulling up their on-prem roots and moving with the tide—and why shouldn’t they? Moving to cloud services has been shown to give organizations a 20% reduction in time to market, an 18% increase in process efficiency, and a 15% cost reduction in IT spending. Once the ball starts rolling, potential clients are then looking to MSPs for guidance and help managing momentum with all of these cloud-based resources. At least 34% of businesses wish they had a central location to manage their applications, and only 20% say they have everything they need from cloud services. Now, more than ever, for those admins fielding a growing inbox of client requests, the question is top of mind: how to move to the cloud as an MSP?
Why the Cloud? Why Now?
By 2022, Gartner predicts that 28% of spending from key enterprise IT markets will have moved to the cloud. The Vice President of Research at Gartner explained, “The shift of enterprise IT spending to new, cloud-based alternatives is relentless, although it’s occurring over the course of many years due to the nature of traditional enterprise IT. Cloud shift highlights the appeal of greater flexibility and agility, which is perceived as a benefit of on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing in cloud.”
For those remaining MSPs who haven’t reached it yet, a crossroads is rapidly approaching. Do you want to continue maintaining Active Directory on-prem with layers of web-based applications, cloud servers, and SSO added on? Or, are you ready to shift your tech stack, directory, and clients to the cloud?
All signs are pointing towards a continuous increase in cloud migration, and therefore, simply trying to ignore the cloud is a losing battle. According to Kaseya’s 2018 MSP Benchmark Report, 86% of of 900 MSP firms surveyed now offer cloud services at some level. Furthermore, over half of those surveyed reported an increase in revenue generated from cloud management services in (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by George Lattimore. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/how-to-move-to-cloud-msp/