Connecting Remote Teams – MSPs and Cloud Computing
There are many advantages to conducting business with a remote team. We learned this during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners who once insisted on in-person employment had to pivot and learn how to connect employees from their homes. Then, the benefits became apparent.
You can find the best talent with a hybrid approach, some in your location and others can be remote. Additionally, your remote teams could often be more productive since they don’t have to waste time commuting.
The only challenge is getting all these talented people connected and working together seamlessly. With the help of a managed service provider and cloud computing, it’s easier than ever to connect remote teams and get them working together like one cohesive unit.
Working With Managed Service Providers for Team Connectivity
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are third-party IT experts that provide IT support for businesses. They manage the IT infrastructure for their clients, including sourcing, deployment, and ongoing management of many aspects, including:
- Deployment and maintenance of printers, endpoints, servers, and other IT infrastructure
- Data recovery and backup
- Sourcing or providing the MSP’s software
- Security monitoring to prevent cyberattacks and data breaches
- User account provisioning, de-provisioning, and upkeep
- Recommendations for upgrades
Traditionally, in-house IT staff performed these duties. While MSPs gained popularity in businesses with varying IT needs, or those small enough not to need or be able to afford a full-time IT staff, all companies are working with MSPs.
Cloud Computing for Remote Connectivity
One of the things MSPs implement for businesses is cloud connectivity. Cloud computing is critical for a remote organization for many reasons. We’ll go into the most significant reasons below.
Cloud Computing and Enhanced Security
Cloud services work on a shared responsibility model, so the cloud is safe and allows users to employ safety measures to protect their account’s data. Cloud platforms enable data encryption, user permissions, and other ways to prevent cyber-attacks and keep data safe.
Businesses with higher security requirements, like medical providers and government agencies, will require added security and compliance to their cloud services.
The Cloud and Compliance
These highly regulated industries, including telecommunications, finance, and the industries mentioned above, must always have secure data.
Cloud services can include compliance configurations that make it easier for these businesses to manage sensitive information. This is very important when data is shared across remote locations and with employees.
Accessibility and The Cloud
This brings us to the significant accessibility that the cloud brings to a business. Organizations operating their data centers frequently must take assets offline for maintenance. With cloud services, employees have constant access to the data they need to perform their job tasks.
The cloud makes it very easy to control access to data stored there. It’s also easy to set user permissions with identity and access policies. Rather than taking the assets offline to accomplish this, settings are controlled remotely. It’s seamless.
Scalability and Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a scalable solution. If a business needs more assets or capacity, it can quickly and easily add it to its cloud services. They don’t have to wait for new hardware to be delivered and installed.
The same goes for when they need to reduce their capacity; they scale back on what they’re using. It comes down to vertical scaling (more CPU, memory, replacing servers, adjusting instance sizes) and horizontal scaling (adding server resources).
The Cloud Enables Remote Work
Businesses can allow their employees to work from anywhere with cloud services. The office is no longer the only place they can get work done. They can access data and applications from any location with an internet connection.
This increases productivity as people are no longer tethered to their desks. It also opens up the talent pool to a more significant number of people as businesses can hire the best, regardless of location.
There are endless reasons why every business needs cloud services from an MSP, but these are some of the most impactful for remote teams. Now is the time if you don’t have cloud connectivity in place.
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