Using a Cloud Service Provider to Road Map Your Journey to Hosted Solutions

Growing a business has never been easy. Trying to build sustainable, concrete processes and systems that best serve clients while remaining flexible and agile enough to be innovative.

It’s a tough balance to find.

While it’s still not easy, cloud technology has made it easier than ever for businesses to straddle the line of secure, predictable, nimble. By tapping into the ultra-secure technology previously reserved for the biggest of organizations, small and medium-sized organizations are reaping the benefits.

And, while a move to the cloud or a hosted environment could be intimidating for some, leveraging a Citrix-certified Cloud Service Provider like SSI bridges the gap between the unknown and business progress.

CSP’s like SSI deliver hosted solutions that keep security in the forefront while enhancing collaboration, mobility, and efficiency within organizations and it all starts with a blueprint or roadmap that centers around your business objectives.

With the right cloud roadmap, you can have less IT baggage and more IT firepower. When that happens, a lot of great things become possible:

Lower costs

The cloud eliminates the need for a huge capital expenditure (CapEx) and can help you save on licensing fees. Best of all, pay-as-you-go pricing means that you only spend on what you use.

Tighter security

Cloud providers can deliver a level of security that no small or medium-sized business operating alone can match. From full encryption and firewalls, to automatic patches and upgrades – the cloud means small businesses stay secure.

Less administration

Cloud solutions are easy to implement and deploy, and ongoing maintenance and management is handled by SSI. This means your IT team can focus on more important matters.

Greater agility

Since the cloud works on a predictable-billing basis, it’s easier to scale your solution up and down, on demand. Cloud contracts are also more flexible than hardware contracts, so you don’t have to worry about being tied to one solution for an extended period of time.

Easier mobility

With everything in the cloud, data, apps and even entire desktops are always available to your team on any device – whether they’re working in the office or on the road.

Planning your cloud journey

While the benefits of the cloud are well-established, it pays to think about how you’re going to embrace them. Too often, growing businesses take an ad-hoc approach to technology, buying solutions as needs arise, without really thinking about a broader roadmap.

In fact, a lot of growing businesses don’t even realize they’re already using the cloud (if you’re using Gmail, you’re using the cloud).

A more strategic approach means you can identify what you’re missing and plan your way to better collaboration, easier remote working, and more efficient processes.

We’ve developed a guide to help you think about what’s possible in the cloud and what the right roadmap might look like.

Whether you’re new to the cloud, or an ‘as-a-service’ expert, it will help you make the most of your cloud-based infrastructure and accelerate your progress.

More on hosted solutions and virtualization

Need more reading material?

Check out the eBook that we produced with Citrix: 5 reasons growing businesses love virtualization.

Tons of great information about the types of benefits that cloud service providers deliver. If you have any questions at all, contact SSI.