Cloud computing has been the go-to technology buzzword for some time now, and with good reason; in the third annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey, 75% of businesses surveyed are using the cloud in some capacity. The explosion of the cloud for businesses has taken the form of a variety of “as a Service” offerings, including Software as a Service (SaaS) for functions like email, collaboration and CRM, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for operational support and Backend as a Service (BaaS) for connecting everything together. However, current models for maintaining cloud deployments for IT can be a nightmare to manage, as IT has to juggle a variety of vendors, price points, access methods and security concerns. Often, the burden on IT is so great that internal employees will circumvent IT to purchase their own solutions, leading to a fragmented workforce and inconsistent or unexpected technology expenses.
In order to manage these emerging cloud management problems, companies can turn to (or in some cases, become) a cloud service brokerage (CSB), an intermediary between the company and the cloud services they’re utilizing. By the end of 2014, research firm Gartner predicts that approximately $100 billion will be spent worldwide on Cloud Service Brokerages. By incorporating a CSB into the cloud service deployment and management process, companies can eliminate the complexities of implementing and managing the wide variety of solutions that the modern business needs to be productive.
Here are a few benefits that the Cloud Service Brokerage model can bring to your organization:
Managing Provisioning and Access
Instead of having to rely on a variety of disparate vendors and access methods, the CSB aggregates your company’s cloud solutions into a single access point and centralizes provisioning. The brokerage also streamlines access for your employees by allowing single sign-on; one username and password allows access to all of your company’s cloud solutions.
By creating a workflow process that provisions all cloud solutions through a CSB, IT can eliminate rogue cloud service spending by departments in their organization. CSBs can manage billing and provide a single invoice regardless of the number of solutions a company is leveraging, removing a major headache of employing multiple cloud services across an organization.
Interoperability and Security
A primary benefit of provisioning and deploying cloud solutions through a CSB is interoperability; the brokerage manages all of your cloud services and ensures that they can talk to one another and share data. Additionally, the brokerage manages the security of that data for you, protecting vital company information as it moves between your various systems.
As cloud computing continues to grow and businesses see the value the cloud can bring, working with a trusted cloud service brokerage will become an increasingly integral part of today’s IT. While these are just a few of the benefits a CSB can offer, businesses of all sizes can utilize the brokerage model to simplify and aggregate complex, mission-critical software solutions.
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