The enterprise IT landscape is growing daily, in size and complexity; and businesses are increasingly confronted with balancing competing technological priorities. Cost control is a huge factor, while improving innovation, flexibility, and speed-to-market are all critical to successful IT management.
These are some of the factors driving cloud adoption across industries. Cloud computing promises improvements in organizational agility, flexibility and scalability, while a well-managed cloud can significantly cut the total cost of ownership (TCO) of many business-critical applications and processes.
However, the key here is a ‘well-managed’ cloud. Without resources dedicated to managing cloud processes, applications and storage, not to mention cloud security, archiving, and disaster recovery protocols, the functionality of cloud-based applications can be eroded, while costs spin out of control.
Managed cloud services for Oracle can help an enterprise overcome these challenges, optimizing the functionality of Oracle applications while maximizing the benefits of the cloud. Oracle applications have solutions that can be used across the enterprise – for example, in the ERP, HCM, and EPM areas. And using a cloud-based Oracle solution multiplies the functionality and features of these far-reaching applications, which can support and advance business strategies and improve competitive advantage.
Managed cloud services for Oracle can help an enterprise to:
1. Lower TCO.
Managing cloud spend a primary concern for enterprise IT teams, with 84% of respondents in a recent study listing it as their top challenge1. While cloud cost savings are a primary selling point for new adopters, it is surprisingly easy for expenses to spin out of control. Cloud applications must be constantly – and consistently – monitored, managed and optimized to ensure that fluctuating costs are controlled.
A managed services company provides resources and takes on the responsibility for managing these functions, ensuring that cloud applications and data storage are optimized and costs are minimized.
2. Reliability and disaster recovery.
Ensuring that applications are available to the end user is critical to business management. For many companies, a single hour of server downtime can cost of $300,000 or more2. A managed services company uses proactive, prescribed solutions to ensure that reliability is improved, and downtime is minimized.
Disaster recovery is key to keeping your business operational in the face of unplanned outages or downtime. A cloud managed services provider can help you develop and maintain a robust disaster recovery program to minimize the effects of downtime. This helps ensure that even if a problem occurs you can get back up and running quickly and easily.
3. Archiving and storage.
Most cloud providers offer ‘pay-as-you-go’ or ‘pay-per-use’ pricing. This is one of the primary attractions of cloud computing to many companies – allowing them to pay only for the compute and storage that is actually used, rather than paying for the highest level of capacity required, as with on-premises networks.
However, without an archiving protocol or resources dedicated to sorting active from inactive data, you may be paying a premium for storing data that is rarely used, inflating costs dramatically. A managed services provider will help a company set up archiving standards and manage storage protocols.
4. Security and role management.
A recent report found that the average enterprise experiences 31.3 cloud security threats per month – a number that is increasing year-over-year3. This includes all manner of threats and vulnerabilities: insider threats, which may be accidental or malicious; and outside threats, from hackers or groups looking to profit from sensitive information.
A managed cloud services provider can help a company by ensuring that applications are updated and that security patches are installed immediately. They proactively manage roles and security access levels to ensure that critical data is not accidentally exposed, as well as maintain security protocols to the highest standards.
A partner that provides managed cloud services for Oracle can help with all of these things: improving costs, reliability, and security for your Oracle applications, while allowing your team to focus on core competencies.
Moreover, a managed services partner can help your technology team to become a supporter of innovation and business strategies, rather than a cost center. You can streamline processes, and channel resources toward higher-level functions while ensuring that technology is optimized and data is secure.