Spotting Opportunities in Clouds

Clouds are everywhere. Even in the mostly blue skies over HP Discover in Barcelona this week.

Typical scene at HP Discover, photo cred to Instagram user @Karl_Kovacs

On Wednesday 11th December at 1:10pm in the Discover Theatre DT4.2, Hall 4 I’ll be sharing with attendees the benefits of moving their email service to the cloud with my colleague Johan Dreyer, Lead Solutions Architect.

I’m looking forward to the session because 2014 seems set to be the year when large numbers of organizations will shift significant services, applications and infrastructure like email, from their historical 100% on-premise strategy to a hybrid or full cloud basis.

IT teams in organizations of all sizes are eyeing up the cloud and considering their first or next move. They’re asking themselves - what parts of my infrastructure or application suite can be best served for the long term by a move to the cloud? What must I keep on premise? How do I get the best of both worlds?

Also, many IT channel companies that serve the needs of these organizations, are looking at how they can augment their existing services with a cloud offer.

There has been impressive innovation in cloud services in recent years. In many areas, these services now offer the customer the best option for their organization. In your own environment it can be expensive and a struggle to dedicate the resources and talent necessary to deliver the same level of innovation.

You can simplify your environment, get improved cost of ownership and have the reassurance that you will benefit from the attention and innovation of a provider 100% focused on excellence just on that specific service. A cloud service provider will also deliver you the best practice they have seen from working with thousands of other customer environments like yours.

The growing popularity of Microsoft Office 365 and specialist services like Mimecast or SalesForce, show how many see cloud services giving them improved productivity while reducing their infrastructure complexity and management costs. Customers are also thinking in depth about how the targeted use of cloud services can co-exist alongside their on-premise infrastructure giving them greater flexibility, functionality and ROI.

So where to start for maximum benefit? Email is an obvious target for first consideration for any cloud strategy. You would expect us to say that – we’re a cloud email security service provider after all. But we are not alone in recognizing that email continuity, security and archiving services make a great candidate for transition to the cloud.

But the benefit of focusing your cloud strategy on your email services doesn’t end with the significant improvement in cost effectiveness, security and reliability. Once your email archive is in our cloud service, Mimecast can help you get a great deal more of benefit out of this under-utilized information archive.

When data is consolidated or archived you can make it work harder for you. Information becomes more easily accessible and valuable insights can be unlocked from data in static reports.

Companies have already begun implementing services that absorb corporate information of all shapes and sizes into a cloud-based information archive or ‘banking’ service like ours –interactive archives dust off metadata and put it back to work.

So whether you go fully cloud, hybrid or transition just some of your services, a commitment to cloud makes economic, management and strategic sense.

So if you happen to be at HP Discover why not pop by our stand to find out more or even join us in our presentation. You can find us in Hall 5 Cloud Zone, Stand 514.