Doing Business As An IT Consumer
Today, Smart Companies Are Acquiring The Technology They need As A Managed Service
Submitted by: Jazmin Rey, UDT
It wasn’t so long ago that pretty much all business IT was delivered by hardware you could see and touch: desktop computers and laptops loaded with productivity software, server racks, peripherals, all strung together with CAT-5 cabling, the entire infrastructure residing onsite.
That model is still at the heart of IT … but layered atop it today are entirely new capabilities that enable computing to be delivered as a service consumed, much like water or power as a utility. Now, rather than incur the capital expense of a data center upgrade, businesses can focus their attention on their core mission and treat IT as an operating expense, simply acquiring many of the capabilities they need from a specialized, experienced vendor and measured by a Service Level Agreement (SLA).
For example, many applications are now hosted “out there” in the cloud and are accessible wherever people need to be productive; employees simply log in from home, the road, remote offices, and so forth. Cloud capabilities hosted by a qualified vendor, whether private or public, are easily scaled up or down without you having to deploy new hardware in your own data center.
A trusted service provider can even oversee the remote monitoring and proactive management of end-user devices that access your network, providing an important assist for your existing IT staff. They can also provide robust, secure wireless networks backed by strong SLAs.
Besides the cost-saving advantages for obtaining managed IT as a service, qualified providers also offer the latest security technology to help protect your sensitive data from attacks and keep you in compliance with HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory requirements. And, they can advise you on internal policies that help prevent security vulnerabilities from within – for example, controlling “shadow IT” (the use of third-party applications such as instant messaging, social media, etc.) and setting sensible “Bring Your Own Device” policies.
For more information, please contact Hugo Perez, United Data Technologies at (305) 490-8828. In our 20 years as a leading IT solutions provider, UDT, has helped nurture the grown of managed IT as a service, and that trend is only going to get bigger. UDT is Driven by Service, Powered by IT.