Today, more than ever, companies need to operate at an unprecedented speed to keep up with growing market demand.
This means innovating faster, creating new revenue streams, and extracting more insights from data. For years, businesses have looked to “cloud first” for new application development and deployment. This approach made sense for companies planning complete transformations for the future in anticipation of growing competitive pressures.
However as more companies experience IT pressures (cost reduction, innovation) today with the added onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are no longer waiting for the future and are pivoting from “cloud first” to “cloud now.”
Cloud First vs Cloud Now
What does “cloud now” mean exactly? It means that companies are now looking to cloud for more than just new applications- including existing applications and off the shelf applications that customers have deployed with little or no application development. In other words, customers are considering cloud for all applications.
This is a result of the growing customer demand for more application resources, better performance, and increasing frequency of administrative tasks such as patching various components and planning for end of life or performance upgrades.
It is also a result of today’s remote workforce. Customers need access to their applications from anywhere and at any time. As businesses have reached this inflection point of diminishing returns, they have turned their strategy to the cloud as the next frontier of IT efficiency —committing to leaving the on-premises datacenter behind.
Work Anywhere, Anytime, From Any Device
One solution for this, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), is a desktop and application virtualization service that runs on Microsoft Azure. AVD is an excellent solution for companies with a remote workforce and running specialized legacy application workloads. The additional benefits of simplified management, enhanced security in compliance with regulations and infrastructure and licensing savings positions AVD as an excellent offering for moving to the cloud.
Companies focused on reducing costs and eliminating the dependency on the physical datacenter is a logical next step in the continuation of a long-term trend.
Cloud A2K Accelerated Using ‘Cloud Now’ Approach
CloudA2K chose Intwo as their partner for their own “Cloud Now” approach. A2K, like many other businesses, was reliant on aging on-premises infrastructure. Not only was the infrastructure past end-of-life, but A2K’s Windows servers were left exposed to security risks since Microsoft Extended Support had ended.
Intwo was selected to assist, manage, and support A2K’s migration to the cloud due to our Azure knowledge and reputation as an Azure Expert MSP. By choosing Intwo, Cloud A2K ensure their most important and business-critical applications remain secure, high performant, and supported 24/7. Click here to read the full case study.
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