Fiberside Chat: How Taking Network Management to the Cloud Can Lead to Success
For years, the concept of “the cloud” seemed nebulous and difficult to get a grasp on. That’s understandable, given the nature of clouds both in the sky and as computer utilities.
Today, though, cloud storage is being increasingly demystified, with many communications service providers moving their network management systems to the cloud.
For 3-GIS, helping a CSP move to cloud technology is simply practicing what they preach. With so many people around the world currently working remotely, it’s been a good time to be set up with a cloud system.
“The flexibility and ability of the cloud to access those things just seems to be much simpler and easier to use, and people understand it better,” said Tommy Siniard, Chief Technical Officer for 3-GIS. “Pretty much all our applications, and even our development, is done up in the cloud today, so we’ve embraced it, internally, and we see our customers doing so, also.”
Conventional wisdom in IT departments may have trended toward proprietary systems that set up the department almost as gatekeepers. Yet, in today’s collaborative world, there are plenty of benefits to allowing more users access to those systems (while IT maintains control over access and other functions).
“What we see is the breadth at which the organization can access the same data. So, that data can be sent to other systems inside of the organization, where a salesforce could go look at a client being built live and be able to turn their strategies around using that information,” 3-GIS Solutions Engineer Damion Harrylal said. “It does make it really helpful when you have a centralized store of data that is managed and scaled accordingly for an entire large organization.”
Now that the fog is clearing, more and more businesses are realizing switching to the cloud makes sense for them for many reasons.