In the digital age, a comprehensive multi-cloud strategy is necessary in order to remain agile and innovative as you scale. In fact, IDC research indicates that over 90 percent of enterprise-scale organizations will be using multiple clouds over the next several years.
But making the transition to a multi-cloud strategy can be difficult. In addition to juggling various IT services, platforms, and vendors, many businesses struggle to manage their data resources and implement their new cloud solution in the most efficient and effective way. This lack of a clear transition plan and implementation framework makes it harder for them to see the results they were promised. Furthermore, a rocky data migration and transition process can have detrimental effects on the integrity, performance, and adoption of their new solution after implementation.
This has prompted many companies to turn to a cloud service broker to address these challenges. While there are numerous reasons to work with a cloud service broker, here are five universally positive reasons:
1. Support Provider Negotiations
Because cloud brokers work with all major cloud providers and often offer their own data centers, they have experience working with a variety of service providers and know how to advocate on their client’s behalf. Using their knowledge of different offerings and the billing nuances between various products and providers, they can create a strategy to keep costs low while meeting the scalable needs of a business. Because they also nurture relationships with software vendors on a daily basis, they can streamline the vendor acquisition process by leveraging their connections.
2. Manage Provisioning and Access
A cloud security broker has the experience and skills to manage and re-configure your system as you evolve, ensuring you get the most out of the tools and resources at your fingertips. That includes self-service provisioning of users and apps (services) through identity management solutions for timely and providing secure access to applications and data.
3. Simplify Billing
A cloud service broker can provide custom solutions that enable you to better manage and track billing and payments. That may include integrating with a payment engine and leveraging other applications to streamline your billing and payment process and better manage your cloud services. By streamlining this process and making the most optimal tech choices, they can effectively manage cloud sprawl while keeping your total spend low.
4. Facilitate Greater Interoperability and Security
Multi-cloud strategies can lead to data silos that make access and analysis challenging. A cloud service broker can streamline data extraction from multiple sources and manage the varying resource protocols required for network integration. In addition, a cloud broker can help ensure that all your data assets and tech infrastructure remains secure as they’re transferred to the cloud from brick-and-mortar data hubs.
5. Support Customization, Integration, and Aggregation
Cloud service brokers offer superior security and data maintenance as part of their integrated service offerings so businesses don’t need to look elsewhere for security support. Using their experience and understanding of your organization’s security protocol, cloud service brokers can create and implement a security roadmap that meets the needs of your organization and the nuances of your tech stack. Among other benefits, a security roadmap stipulates how data will be fortified and recovered in the event of a system crash, how security threats will be addressed, and what security malware will be used to identify impending threats. Because cloud brokers offer a full spectrum of cloud migration and management services, they have experience implementing different security solutions in different contexts and can customize their service package to fit your needs. This all-in-one service promotes greater tech stack alignment, limits costs associated with service redundancies, and ultimately means that you only have to pay one bill.
In addition, cloud service brokers manage cloud provider relationships and services, such as public cloud maintenance, and provide additional services for security and governance. This ongoing support is aimed at helping businesses automate and streamline their processes, mitigate risk, boost efficiency, and continue to evolve their tech and processes in the most optimal way.
Leveraging a cloud service broker can help you streamline the cloud migration process and better configure, manage, and align your cloud solution to meet the needs of your growing organization. By taking advantage of a total toolkit, you’ll maximize the strategic and operational potential of your cloud solution without breaking your budget.