Understanding key issues

The right technology is an essential element for success, so it is important to invest wisely. You need to select cost-effective IT that will be right today, but also continue to support your organisation in the future. Integration, excellent cyber security and employee mobility are important considerations.

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Lack of expert guidance

Without expert guidance, IT decisions can be made based on latest buzzwords, rather than what is best for your company. It is important that your Cloud migration streamlines, secures and enhances your work rather than distracts from it.

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Expensive Management

A complex IT estate is expensive and arduous to maintain and manage in-house. You have to pay for the hardware and the people to manage it, as well as for repercussions from problems caused by hardware failure or human error.

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Not future-proof

In-house platforms often suffer from a lack of agility, flexibility and scalability. Teams struggle to quickly and easily manipulate their set-up to suit the organisation where it is today and where it wants to be in the future.

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Difficult Integration

Relying on older platforms can make integrating with latest technologies difficult. Modern applications may not be compatible with your legacy environment, with SaaS products complicating rather than streamlining your estate.

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Ensuring Security

A strong cyber security posture is becoming more difficult to achieve and maintain as attacks are more prevalent. When your platforms are on-premise, they are solely your responsibility and all security concerns reside with you, not with specialists.

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Mobility

Employees are increasingly working remotely, in varied locations. Your applications need to be supported by platforms that can facilitate mobile working with high availability, security and connectivity.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What are the different types of Cloud Services?

    Cloud Services are split into four categories, with the differentiators being how much responsibility the service provider and customer have respectively. These are: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS).

  • What is the difference between Private Cloud and Public Cloud?

    There are three main Cloud environments: Public, Private and Hybrid. Public Cloud is computing that is delivered through the internet and access is shared across organisations. Private Cloud means only your organisation has access, unless otherwise specifically permitted. Hybrid Cloud is any environment that uses both Public and Private Clouds.

  • What are the 3 common reasons to use the Cloud?
    1. Scalability:
      Cloud storage can easily flex up and down to scale to requirements, without you being trapped by having to buy the physical hardware
    2. Cost Efficient:
      Most Cloud consumption is done via a rolling monthly contract so you can ensure you're only paying for what you use
    3. Refocus Your IT Team:
      The owner of the Cloud environment takes care of everything, so your teams can be refocused to more business-critical activity
  • What are the benefits of Managed Cloud Services?

    Managed Cloud Services simplify billing and maintenance of the environments that keep your organisation running. Rather than going it alone and trying to build relationships with large corporations, you can work with smaller specialists who culturally fit your organisation better. This means you benefit from industry-leading technology alongside dedicated services and support.

  • What should I look for in a Cloud Service Provider?
    • Certifications and standards
    • Technologies and service roadmap
    • Data security, data governance and business policies
    • Service dependencies and partnerships
    • Contracts, commercials and SLAs
    • Reliability and performance
  • What are Managed Network Services?

    Organisations can outsource their networking applications, functions and services to a Managed Services Provider who will remotely operate, monitor and maintain networks including WAN and LAN.

  • Why are Cyber Security Services important?

    The security of your IT and data is vital to the success of your organisation, therefore there are measures put in place and standards to look out for that ensure a provider is delivering a secure environment. A key one is ISO 27001.

“We are moving forward to meet growing and more complex demands with Advanced, a provider that can both scale to meet those needs and provide the level of professionalism needed within this marketplace.”

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“As the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry... we need extremely secure and cost-effective managed services. Advanced stood out as being a respected supplier who implicitly understood all of our requirements and could deliver best value.”

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Additional insights to help you transform

RESOURCES

  • Journey to the Cloud

    Watch this webinar to understand what a ‘Journey to the Cloud’ actually means and find out about the key principles and considerations.

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    Making the right technology decisions can create a business platform that embraces an uncertain world and gives organisations choices and new ways of doing business.

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  • The Business Case for Consuming Cloud Technology

    This document explores Cloud technology, looking at how your end users can have their day-to-day bettered and what you should look for in a Cloud Services Provider.

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