Cloud asset management is a collective process that a number of medium and large company make use of for tracking their software licenses. However, it can be even more than that, because it can also be used to deploy patches, applications, updates, and even entire operating systems to various devices.
Software Asset Management (SAM) is already popular on the cloud, but it will become much more so in the future, as more companies migrate their applications. When you’re looking for a new IT services provider, one of the factors you should consider is if the provider can offer software asset management as a cloud-based service. In this discussion, we’ll provide some insights as to why cloud asset management is the wave of the future, and why it’s here to stay.
Benefits of Cloud Asset Management
Cloud-based asset management can leverage the Internet’s bandwidth for better monitoring, metering, and delivery. When you can set up your SAM by placing the system in a public cloud space, it allows end processes to occur on the user’s personal bandwidth. Even though this last leg of the delivery of process is the only part that occurs on an employee’s personal bandwidth, it does remove the onus from the corporate network bandwidth. That leaves the corporate network available for monitoring, server patching, administration, operating system delivery, and any other maintenance activities that are necessary.
Some of the benefits of cloud management can be traced to the fact that cloud management itself is a vehicle that will free up your company from some of the mundane daily activities and allow you to focus on your business’s core needs. With your software being managed on the cloud, it removes it from your list of local responsibilities, and allows your employees to exclusively work in their specialty areas. Whenever any kind of integration is necessary, your host provider will be carrying it out via the cloud, while you await the successful completion of the task.
Fly in the ointment?
Probably the only reason why cloud-based SAM hasn’t taken the world by storm thus far is the fact that many companies still have an abiding mistrust of cloud computing. And the reason why managers and executives haven’t fully embraced the cloud is their concern over security. Yes, security is an issue, but cloud-based services are better protected than local services. In other words, your data is even safer on the cloud than it is on your own localized, small network. When more managers come to realize this, the fly in the ointment will be removed, and there will be even more of a rush to embrace cloud computing and cloud-based SAM.
It can be painstaking and difficult to find the right I.T. services provider, but you should start your search by narrowing it to companies proficient in Cloud Asset Management. Contact Terminal B today to find out how our adoption of cloud asset management can be a huge benefit to your company, and how we can make your data assets secure against attacks and corruption.