Driven by benefits such as cost savings, reliability and manageability, SMEs and larger enterprises are recognising the benefits of outsourcing responsibility for their IT infrastructure. So far in 2016, the IT industry has experienced a 77 per cent growth in the adoption of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models.
However, with many industry sectors, such as finance, energy and government, still operating their businesses on older, but reliable legacy IT systems, some end user teams are taking a more cautious approach as they seek the advice of managed service providers, like Ultima, to assist them in their cloud journey.
Mark Pickin, Ultima’s maintenance services business manager, commented, ‘Although there is great value in looking forward, progression must be made at a considered pace. Not every business is ready to migrate to the cloud. Critical enterprise solutions, such as those used by data centres for example, remain revered by IT teams and some businesses need flexible support models that can maintain their essential infrastructure while adopting cloud solutions.’
Ultima partners with MCSA, a leading UK legacy support partner and part of the MCSA Group, to ensure that its customers’ infrastructure is maintained under service level agreements so that system downtime can be avoided during and following transition to the cloud.