Short on IT Skills? Cloud Solutions Can Fill the Gaps

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Ask any IT executive to share their biggest business challenge, and  they will likely say, “hiring the right people.” The IT skills gap has left many well-paid tech positions unfilled. Faced with a dearth of available talent, IT leaders are turning to cloud solutions to help them do more with less. HOSTING shares how cloud solutions can help IT teams fill the IT skills gap and check off the items on their To Do lists.

Cloud storage

According to Gartner, Inc., global spending on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014. Massive-scale cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure offer cloud storage options at rock bottom prices. However, not all IaaS providers are created equal. Some are better leveraged for test/dev environments, while others are appropriate for business-critical workloads. IT leaders need to ask specific questions about the IaaS provider’s service offerings, including the security and availability of their environments.

While outsourcing data centers to AWS and Azure is a smart cost-saving move, it only addresses a small part of the IT skills gap. Executives still need to devote IT resources to repetitive, time-consuming tasks such as patching and monitoring, as well as necessary investments such as security and compliance. In order to streamline resources while maintaining visibility into their cloud environments, organizations are turning to managed third-party cloud solutions such as the HOSTING Unified Cloud™. The HOSTING Unified Cloud bridges solution gaps by combining the flexibility and scalability of AWS and Azure cloud platforms with industry-leading managed services. The result is end-to-end support and visibility into the following:

  • Health and wellness of applications
  • Security and compliance postures
  • Billing and spend management

Through HOSTING Unified Billing and Cost Management™ services, HOSTING provides clear, straight-forward invoices for all of our customers, including those on the AWS and Azure platforms. On average, customers realize more than 15% in annual cost savings while eliminating the confusion of complex invoices from massive-scale cloud providers.

Managed DBA Services

Readily available bandwidth combined with a surge in mobile devices have resulted in unprecedented amounts of data – leaving organizations struggling to effectively store, manage and leverage critical information assets. Truth be told, most companies don’t have deep enough pockets or a deep enough bench to harness all of their data, much less glean the insights from it that are necessary for making smart, future-focused decisions. And according to a survey of 1,300 hiring manager by IT placement firm HackerRank, 41% said that they are having trouble filling these positions. Some cloud solution providers such as HOSTING offer DBA services for both short-term projects and long-term initiatives. Rather than try to hire a “jack of all trades” DBA or a junior-level resource, organizations can hire a tiger team of HOSTING DBA experts with the exact skill set needed. HOSTING DBAs average 15 years of experience and are fluent in multiple database environments. Some of the services they provide include the following.

  • Database administration
  • Database monitoring and alerting
  • 24 x 7 x 365 Database service desk
  • Backup assurance and recovery
  • Database performance tuning
  • Database patches and upgrades
  • Emergency (down database) support
  • Managed advanced database technologies (e.g., clustering, replication, cloning, log shipping, etc.)

Looking to streamline your IT resources and get your To Do list done? Contact HOSTING anytime to create a custom cloud solutions portfolio for your specific business needs. And be sure to view our latest HOSTING Cloud 360 Podcast, Choosing – and Negotiating with – a Cloud Service Provider.


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