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Festival of Choices: Picking a cloud line-up is not as hard as you think.

2nd June 2015 · Our Thoughts

Festival of CloudsFestival Season will soon be upon us (and hopefully some better weather!) so what can re-living our youth by camping in a muddy field listening to three days of live music tell us about our IT buying habits? Well, quite a lot as it turns out.

Nearly a million of us will make our way to one of the many music and arts festivals across the UK over the next couple of months. The choices you make will define your experience and the fear of missing a possibly iconic performance will send a chill through you more than any amount of standing around in the rain! How do you ensure you get the best experience? How do you choose which of the hundreds of bands playing you want to see? Where do you pitch your tent? Which type of camping do you go for – posh glamping or sharing with mates? Do you take your kids or leave them at home? Making all these decisions is complicated and would be much easier if you someone else could listen to your wish list and make it happen.

It’s this sort of complicated balance of making your festival experience the best possible while managing expectations that IT decision-makers face at key moments in their business life. It is clear that the future lies in outsourcing some or all of your IT to the Cloud. But who do you outsource to? If you’re wrestling with challenges around cost effectiveness, security and legacy systems it can be a very ‘cloudy’ choice.

One of your festival choices might be ‘Do we take the kids or go on our own? Translate this to an IT choice and it becomes ‘Do we place all our services with a single provider or have a complicated setup across multiple providers?’ The final decision comes down to understanding what it is that you want to get out of the decision. Is at an easier, pain free weekend you’re looking for or are you happy to have some potential conflict and difficulties to manage?

In truth most of us want a peaceful and enjoyable experience and in IT that means looking for a Cloud Service Provider who can manage a combination of services and solutions on your behalf. An agnostic CSP can ensure you get the best services, best value and best support. You might want your data storage from EMC, Office 365 on your desktops from Microsoft, cloud backup from Asigra and a Hosted Virtual Desktop solution from VMware.

By managing all of this centrally through a CSP the expertise to run these disparate yet connected services is provided seamlessly off-site. If you think of it like Glastonbury, while the headline band is going down a storm on the Pyramid stage, you can be busy watching a brand new act in the BBC Introducing John Peel tent.

Nearly a million of us will make our way to one of the many music and arts festivals across the UK over the next couple of months. The choices you make will define your experience and the fear of missing a possibly iconic performance will send a chill through you more than any amount of standing around in the rain!

Using a Cloud Service Provider is like attending a festival hosted by John Peel, Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe. You are guaranteed to discover the best of the new and the best of the old ensuring you get the very best experience.

 

 

Andy Croghan

Digital & Social Media Coordinator

 

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