Over the past few years, cloud computing vendors have grown into a force to be reckoned with. The number of vendors and the diversity of the services they provide have exploded, creating an entire ecosystem of cloud computing vendors that can be overwhelming to dig through. Your customers may ask for your advice about adopting cloud services. Here are three reliably popular cloud computing vendors to keep in mind as you answer their questions.
Document collaboration: Dropbox
One of the ways the cloud can increase efficiency and productivity is by centralizing document storage and enabling easier collaboration on individual files. Instead of passing drafts back and forth in ever-growing email chains that eventually grow unwieldy and can lead to the loss of important changes, cloud-based file sync and share applications allow teams to store all their files in one location on the cloud and make changes to a single document, cutting down on the confusion caused by multiple versions. Many cloud computing vendors offer file sync and share. Dropbox is one of the leaders thanks to its low cost, easy-to-use interface, and intuitive desktop client that syncs locally stored files with those in the Dropbox cloud.
Mobile Device Management (MDM): Cisco Meraki
If you're selling BYOD support and security infrastructure at all, then you know that Mobile Device Management (MDM) plays a critical role in any safe and successful BYOD initiative. Traditionally, MDM solutions have required a server or other appliance to be installed on the customer premises, an infrastructure investment that some organizations may object to. These days, however, some vendors can deliver MDM solutions from the cloud. A standout in this field is Cisco Meraki. The networking giant offers a robust cloud-based platform for device provisioning and management, remote deployment of software to endpoints, policy setting and enforcement, and more.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Infosec Cloud
Of course, all this cloud adoption can lead to some serious security and compliance concerns. To address these concerns, enterprises will need to rethink their existing security strategies. One of the key elements of strong cloud security is an effective Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution. Among the cloud computing vendors offering DLP and security services, Infosec Cloud stands out with a robust DLP solution that offers centralized management and the ability to integrate with existing anti-virus, anti-spam, and content filtering solutions to further secure email; data detection, tracking, and detection of unauthorized access attempts; and secure cloud-based file transfer for workers needing to send large files.
Of course, this is only a drop in the ocean of today's cloud computing vendors. Solutions exist to serve just about every need, from email and video conferencing to enterprise CRM and ERP, and solutions exist for every business type and business size, from the smallest SMB to the largest enterprise. But what these solutions all have in common are the key benefits of the cloud: lowered costs, improved flexibility and scalability so organizations can stay in step with changing business conditions, and enhanced availability and accessibility of corporate data to the users and endpoints that need it, whenever and wherever they're required. For all these reasons, customers should consider the cloud, and VARs should know how to work the cloud into their businesses. If you're unsure of how to do that, speak to an Ingram Micro business development specialist today for ideas.
What cloud computing vendors do you recommend to your customers? Let us know in the comments.