The growth of hybrid cloud has been an inevitable development in the world of cloud computing. Hybrid cloud can be defined as any mix of on-premise, private or public cloud. Of course, different cloud models deliver different benefits. And can be used for different purposes. However, in reality, a combination of services is required to meet the demands of any business.
The difficulty with hybrid cloud is that it can result in the provisioning of multiple cloud services from a host of different service providers. This makes management, both from an operational and financial perspective, more of a challenge.
This is where a cloud service broker comes in. Offering hybrid cloud management, service interoperability, procurement, provisioning and ongoing support, a cloud service broker can help you make the right decisions. Furthermore, help you tailor a solution to meet your specific requirements:
1. Technical expertise
With so many new technologies developing at such a fast rate, it’s unrealistic to expect internal IT teams to be experts across the board. Let alone have the time to manage all your internal systems, websites, applications and disaster recovery solutions.
A cloud service broker will have extensive experience in numerous technologies, services and tools. And they will be able to offer a balanced recommendation on the best solution to suit you. They will already have selected a portfolio of proven, reliable and best-of-breed partners so can save you a lot of time researching and analysing the best options.
Additional expertise in system design, cloud implementation and data migration will also ensure a smoothly managed and successful transition to the cloud.
2. Improved value
Having built up strong relationships with a number of cloud service providers, a broker will have a good idea of the best value services on the market. And be better able to negotiate improved rates, SLAs and terms on your behalf to ensure you get maximum value for your services.
Pay-as-you-go models also make it easy to scale up and down as demand dictates. So you don’t pay over the odds for spare capacity you only need once a year.
3. Ease of deployment and maintenance
Using a cloud service broker can facilitate faster deployment. And on-boarding of new services, applications and security with minimal business disruption. They’ll also run constant monitoring of your systems and proactively address faults before you are even aware of them to ensure business continuity and maximum productivity for your business.
4. Ease of Management
A cloud service broker will offer the flexibility to “pick and mix” your chosen services from different providers. And consolidate them into one, easy-to-manage package. This leaves you with just one contract, one invoice and one point of contact for all your services.