Say you’re a rancher. Now, for most of you reading this blog, you will have to use your imagination to picture life on the open plains, proudly riding your cattle herd and knowing that your livelihood depends upon these beefy, bountiful steeds.
Somewhere along this journey, you’ll be faced with a critical decision: One of your prized cattle has come down with a contagious illness. Though you are loyal to your herd like many cowpokes are to their mommas, you know that putting down the diseased cow – rather than shooting it up with drugs and hoping it will recover – is the best way to keep the herd in good health.
Now, imagine if you will, a different kind of hired gun. These “computer cowboys” inhabit your data center, and like our horse-riding counterparts, will do whatever it takes to keep the server running smoothly.
Unlike the wizened ranchers of the cow-poking world, a lot of sysops types are themselves prodded to tinker with the server to nurse it back to health. Before long, the “herd” is infected, and downtime becomes a given.
In the world of next-generation cloud managed services as adopted by Blue Sentry, we tend to think of ourselves as grizzled, expert ranch-hands that have learned a better way to keep the heard moving in the right direction.
By combining next-generation managed services practices with Amazon Web Services’ reliable, scalable and secure cloud environment, we can ensure healthy herds, for as far as the eye can see.
The quantum leap in computing health made possible by AWS has led a significant expansion in corporate cloud migration. With more than 60 percent of enterprises having deployed workloads to the cloud, and a significant majority of those reporting savings and improved performance after migrating, it’s easy to understand the attraction.
But unfortunately many companies that are forward thinking enough to move to the cloud still bring with them the traditional “on-prem” thinking. What’s worse, many managed service providers are managing cloud workloads with the same thinking they use to manage workloads in traditional datacenter environments. And without a next-generation managed service provider (MSP) to help you properly migrate, optimize, and manage your IT environments in the cloud, you may find that you’re ranch is not producing the rewards that it could be.
But what exactly do we mean by “next generation” managed services? Well, let’s highlight three big differences between traditional managed services and next generation practices:
While it may be hard for some old dogs to learn new tricks, the rewards of adopting new ways of managing herds far outweigh the burden of the learning curve. With a next generation MSP to help guide you, healthy herds are in your reach.