In today's competitive business environment, implementing a modern IT infrastructure that’s able to support constantly connected mobile devices, data-hogging applications, and “bring your own device” (BYOD) practices is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity.

5 reasons why cloud-managed IT with a certified IT partner may be the best solution for you:

1. Manage and troubleshoot from anywhere:
Traditionally, managing networks or troubleshooting a network issue requires someone to be physically present. This quickly proves untenable. With cloud-managed IT, remotely managing and troubleshooting issues is finally a reality. Your IT partner can quickly get alerted to a network issue and devise a solution from any computer with Internet access. This unlocks entirely new capabilities that simply aren’t possible with out-dated IT solutions.

2. Easy to set up, configure, and manage:
Managing IT infrastructure through the cloud simplifies ordinarily challenging tasks and reduces labor cost. Devices such as access points, security appliances, and VoIP phones can be pre-configured before they even arrive on-site. And that’s just one of many examples. Managing IT infrastructure through the cloud can help implement your network installations or expansions more quickly.

3. Superior security:
In order to maintain a secure stack that ensures high levels of productivity and uptime, IT needs constant visibility into network traffic, security threats, and device activity. Keeping security definitions and device firmware up-to-date is also crucial. Cloud-managed IT makes it simple for IT admins to get a real-time understanding of what’s going on network-wide and to ensure that security threats are kept at bay. When threats arise, admins can rest assured knowing that the latest security updates have already been pushed to their network devices, silently and automatically, over the Internet.

4. Interconnected management unlocks new possibilities:
Cloud-managed IT allows for different elements of your IT infrastructure to work together in new ways. For instance, with every device communicating with one another and with the cloud, IT admins can view a complete network topology, updated live, and instantly troubleshoot issues with any device – even new devices as they are added. This easy management and scalability makes cloud-managed IT ideal for growing organizations with ever-increasing numbers of users, devices, and sites.

5. Lower TCO (total cost of ownership):
Of course, one of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing which IT stack to implement is overall value. And while the cost of the initial hardware is certainly important, too many companies focus only on the hardware cost and ignore ongoing support and maintenance costs. The beauty of cloud-managed IT is that its flexibility and ease-of-use means lower costs over time, resulting in a lower TCO over the span of a few years. That’s higher value!

Want to know more about cloud-managed IT?
Enter CTSi and Cisco Meraki, leaders in cloud-managed IT, offering a full stack of cloud-managed IT solutions—wireless access points, switches, security appliances, enterprise mobility management, telephony, and security cameras—all managed through the Meraki dashboard. With Meraki, enterprises and SMBs alike have discovered the benefits of adopting a cloud-managed stack. We're happy to talk to you more about the possibilities for your business.

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Article written by Cisco Meraki, edited by Kevin Carter, CTSi