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What Should You Look For In A Cloud-First Partner? (Questions/Answers)

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A cloud-first approach to business is becoming more and more popular – but that doesn’t mean it’s without its share of obstacles. What considerations should you keep in mind in terms of cloud strategy?

Why is a cloud-first strategy is so important? At this point, it’s almost less of a matter of innovation, so much as it is a matter of keeping up with how the modern business landscape is changing.

You may currently be offering the cloud as one of the many features of your managed services, but unfortunately, that soon won’t be good enough.

Cloud adoption is so widespread and so quickly growing that anything less than a cloud-first strategy won’t be enough to keep your business at the head of the pack.

More and more, customers are asking for the best cloud solution, and MSPs like yours are trying their best to provide it. In order to provide the best cloud strategy for customers, it has to be the sole focus of the business.

Otherwise, you’re a “jack of all trades, master of none.”

As noted recently on ZDNet, more and more businesses are taking note of this reality – Gartner reports that the worldwide amount spent on the cloud services will increase by 21.4 percent in 2018 to a total of $186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017.

As more and more end users seek out cloud experts and cloud solutions, more and more businesses are hopping on the bandwagon, hoping to make a quick buck with basic, run-of-the-mill cloud services.

How can you separate the wheat from the chaff? It’s all about knowing what to look for.

7 Key Service Features to Look For in Your Cloud-First Partner:

  1. Boost Your Sales
    As a cloud-first partner to numerous businesses across the country, we’ve made sure to develop extensive support options to augment our Cloud Workspace® solution to help our partners with sales and marketing, including upfront product and sales training, as well as flexible branding options, from white-label to co-branding and more.
  2. Offer Solutions That Meet Your Needs
    In addition to offering our turnkey Cloud Workspace® solution, we also offer Cloud Workspace® Management Suite (CWMS), a vendor-agnostic alternative for those businesses that want more control over the cloud workspace they deliver to end customers.
  3. Cost-Effective
    A cloud-first partner worth their salt should understand that they’re partnering with MSPs like yours, not just funneling you into the next tier of their pyramid scheme. We’re proud to say that CloudJumper has been in the industry long enough to understand how to effectively price our services in such a way that offers our partners a lucrative profit margin, without overcharging your end customers.
  1. Empower You to Grow
    Since the beginning, CloudJumper has invested heavily in what we do, building a robust infrastructure to support 2500+ apps, developing our capability for third-party patching, Active Directory, remote monitoring and management, and much more.
  1. Provide Reliable Security
    CloudJumper takes security seriously. In addition to storing our partners’ files, applications and other data in world-class data centers, we also follow proven best practices to ensure that all end customer data is kept safe.
  2. Offer Longevity and Legacy
    The CloudJumper team is proud to have been at this longer than almost anyone else. For 18 years now, we’ve been developing our Cloud Workspace® solution and testing it with the likes of Microsoft, Google and Intuit, meaning that, as our partner in cloud workspace technology, you don’t just get our solution; you get the industry-leading expertise and experience that comes with it.
  3. Evolution and Adaptation
    As robust as our offering is now, we’re not about to quit innovating now. We know the importance of continuing to improve what we do, which has lead to a number of key developments over the past year.

No matter what you do, you know you need to be critical of the options available to you. With so many new players entering the cloud industry year after year, it’s important to properly research your options. If they don’t have everything you’re looking for, then move on to those that do.

By doing your homework and holding out for the right cloud-first match — a partner like CloudJumper — you’ll soon experience firsthand the extensive benefits that a robust and effective cloud solution will offer your MSP.

Like this article? Check out The Top 3 Obstacles To Cloud Adoption (And How They’ve Been Overcome!), What’s the Secret to CloudJumper’s Success? Or Managing Or Outsourcing The Cloud (Questions/Answers) to learn more.

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