The Continued Spread of COVID-19
Though there are strides being made in the ways of developing a vaccine for Coronavirus, the virus continues to spread globally. Many people and organizations have begun to take precautions against infection from the virus, and some businesses have even begun to have employees work from home to further mitigate the risks.
While this was something that even just a few years ago may have seemed novel or impossible to pull off, the age of cloud computing and mobile workstations have made it much more viable for businesses to operate remotely.
For many of these companies, the use of cloud computing comes in tandem with working with a managed services provider. These companies can use their expertise and specializations to ensure that networks run smoothly and are efficient enough to facilitate the remote access needed to allow employees to work from home.
In the case of viral outbreaks like COVID-19, or any kind of disaster that prevents people from entering their workplace, managed services and cloud computing help ensure that time is not lost on projects, keeping your business growing.
Cloud Computing is the Future of Business Data Management
Many businesses are moving their infrastructure to a cloud network of some sorts. Whether they are utilizing a hybrid deployment with an on-site datacenter, or fully migrating out to a cloud solution, it has become apparent that the cloud is not just some trend.
Especially as internet speeds continue to improve and high speeds become more accessible to more people, utilizing cloud servers becomes the more economic choice rather than managing expensive datacenters on premises.
Cloud Services Democratize Technology Access
This not only allows for companies that otherwise would not have access to such tools to utilize them, but they also can rest assured that their datacenter will almost always be online as the host company is managing that part of its upkeep. On top of this, there is usually access to a variety of additional tools and programs that can further assist in transferring business operations to the cloud.
Amazon Web Services is a premier example, with new features being rolled out often, as well as updates to old ones to reflect the current state of the cloud network. These features can range widely, from customer engagement tools, to game tech and VR support to allow anyone and everyone to take advantage of AWS’ offerings.
This also means that people with the expertise and certifications to best use these services are going to be needed to ensure a smooth transition as well as ensuring that things are set up properly for ease of use. This is where managed services come in.
Why Used Managed Services?
Alongside the use of cloud databases, more and more businesses are turning to the use of managed services to handle their IT needs, including the upkeep and troubleshooting for how their cloud services are used. There are numerous reasons why companies but for most, it comes down to a matter of cost.
Managed Services Save Companies Money
In many cases, working with a managed services provider (MSP) is cheaper than hiring an on-site staff member for IT support. Many MSPs work with flat rates or subscription models that provide not just a one person, but a staff of individuals that have a combined knowledge to pull from rather than just the single individual’s expertise. What this allows for is the ability to always make sure the best person is on the job when you have any queries or problems, and in most cases, if the problem is greater than a simple fix, they can come to your business to take care of any on-premises problems.
Managed service providers also are keeping themselves up to date with the latest technology and certifications. They will be sure to have up to date knowledge on technology and are able to provide advice on what is best for your tech needs so that you aren’t being roped into purchasing or subscribing to things you don’t need.
For small businesses especially, this has become a popular option as it allows them to get high end access to support without having to take on a large financial burden to do so. This can free up additional resources towards building and furthering their growth and success.
How Does Technology Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus?
With the benefits of managed services and cloud networks established, that still leaves the query of how they help with preventing the spread of Coronavirus, or any disease for that matter. While these things are influences on how a business operates on a technological level, what they allow for is an ability to make a work environment more mobile.
This is where the help comes in.
By allowing work to be done remotely, be it from home, or some other location, several factors come into play that help managed services slow the spread of Coronavirus.
- First is that, if anyone were to become infected, they are not bringing it to the office, and risking infecting others.
- Second, when business resumes in the office, that means that it will not be a contaminated zone that will infect others.
- Third, the use of cloud services means that people can work effectively from home as there is no loss of access to critical data or files.
- Fourth, the advancement of communications technology allows for coworkers to continue to interface with one another and any potential clients
- Fifth, if there is a problem with someone working remote, your managed service provider can use remote access to assist with, and potentially solve the problem.
Utilizing these abilities can keep your business safe from infection and allows for you to have a plan to conduct business in the case of any future emergencies.
There is still a lot of information coming out about COVID-19 and a lot more that needs to be done to contain and vaccinate against it.
With new cases arising every day, it is important that we all do our part to ensure that safe precautions are taken to prevent people from becoming infected. Using the technology, we have at our disposal, we can do so without sacrificing our jobs, ensuring that we can keep our livelihoods, and our businesses intact.