CloudDriven by benefits such as cost savings, reliability and manageability, SMEs and larger enterprises are recognising the benefits of outsourcing responsibility for their IT infrastructure. So far in 2016, the IT industry has experienced a 77% growth in the adoption of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models.

However, with many industry sectors, such as finance, energy and government, still operating their businesses on older, but reliable legacy IT systems, some end-user teams are taking a more cautious approach as they seek the advice of managed service providers, like Ultima, to assist them in their cloud journey.

“Although there is great value in looking forward, progression must be made at a considered pace. Not every business is ready to migrate to the cloud. Critical enterprise solutions, such as those used by data centres for example, remain revered by IT teams and some businesses need flexible support models that can maintain their essential infrastructure while adopting cloud solutions,” commented Mark Pickin, Ultima’s maintenance services business manager.

Ultima partners with MCSA, a leading UK legacy support partner and part of the Maindec Group, to ensure that a company’s infrastructure is maintained under service level agreements so that system downtime can be avoided during and following transition to the cloud.

Cloud transition

Maintaining business continuity and data security is the top priority for most businesses considering a transition to the cloud. As new levels of complexity are introduced through increased interaction between traditional infrastructure, networks and cloud, it’s essential that businesses can access trusted service partners that are equipped with the right skills and accreditations to avoid IT outages.

As IT services continue to evolve towards the cloud model, its essential for support partners to understand cloud technology in all its forms, whether that is physical, in a remote data centre, in a hyper-scale provider, such as MS Azure, or a hybrid cloud platform.

Paul Timms, managing director at MCSA said:

“Critical IT infrastructure is evolving and IT teams are learning to adapt as they work towards creating a secure and reliable cloud platforms.

“Let’s take datacentres for example; choosing to keep existing IT infrastructure running effectively is equally as important as deciding to future-proof new IT systems.

“We prefer to work with service providers that deliver advice first, and who can then recommend an appropriate solution based on a clear understanding of business needs. It is this understanding, rather than simply trying to sell cloud space, that will deliver the best possible outcomes for customers. This approach can only serve to help further elevate the reputation of the IT sector.”