Five Must-Have Tools from Any Cloud Provider - Slide 6

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Certain applications, no matter where they are located, can take significant amounts of time to open and run. An ERP package, for example, could take as long as four to five minutes to open, but using a WAN acceleration tool combined with some up-front configuration work, that time-to-open can be reduced to less than 30 seconds. This kind of tool isn’t right in every circumstance, but when performance improvements are needed, it is definitely a must-have in a cloud provider’s arsenal.

When CIOs make the decision to move select IT functions to the cloud or to a managed services environment, monitoring the physical infrastructure (servers, storage, network, etc.) becomes the responsibility of the service provider.  However, dedicated IT pros are not satisfied with an “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy. That’s why Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has put together a list of the top tools that CIOs should demand from any prospective cloud or managed services partner.

“CIOs in charge of an enterprise-class infrastructure may easily relinquish the day-to-day management and maintenance tasks that become the responsibility of the cloud or managed services provider, but that doesn’t mean they want to be in the dark,” says Michael Strysik, solution architect for Logicalis.  “In fact, when they are selecting their cloud or managed services partners, it’s critical that IT professionals conduct site visits, view the provider’s operations center and find out what toolsets a prospective provider offers that will give them full visibility into the functionality of their cloud.”

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