I get it. You’re probably thinking, “Cloud MFT? We already have an MFT solution and it’s checking all our boxes. Why rock the boat now?”
Large organizations that rely on MFT have mature, dedicated teams. They’ve invested time and resources into building a well-oiled process – and they really don’t want to change it.
On the other hand, the complexity of MFT operations and the volume of transfers are growing. You have a nagging feeling that you can’t just keep the status quo forever. You’d be right: you may be embarking on a risky journey without even knowing it. Here’s why it’s probably time to take your MFT to the next level with cloud MFT.
We’re all in a forced march to the cloud
You may soon have little choice on cloud adoption. The world was changing before Covid-19, but the global health crisis dramatically accelerated the move to the cloud.
Just a few months into the pandemic, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company had seen two years of digital transformation in two months as its customers started adopting cloud solutions.
IT leaders saw a 13 percent decline in on-premises workloads post COVID-19 pandemic, as the widespread remote work brought about by the pandemic pushed workloads to the cloud.
Because so many are following suit – if they haven’t already – it’s only a matter of time before you’ll find yourself backed into a corner as business applications move their operations to the cloud.
The good news is, it’s not a black-and-white proposition. Large, mature organizations are best served by an enterprise-grade, dedicated, and high-end solution in the cloud. But the cloud has many colors.
Today’s emerging reality is that enterprises need solutions that work in a hybrid cloud model. They have a mix of legacy systems that continue to run on-premises, which need to interconnect with the cloud, whether it’s single- or multi-tenant, and regardless of the vendor.
We see this at Axway: we have customers who deploy our MFT solution partly on-premises and partly in the Axway managed cloud, or in a multi-tenant cloud of their choice. We can offer the flexibility of a truly hybrid cloud, off the shelf – and not just some degree of openness with connectors or a technical bridge to other clouds.
That flexibility means you can move to the cloud on your terms – without negatively impacting daily operations. And it’s much simpler when you let trusted experts do the heavy lifting.
Do you really want to be in the business of risk management?
Remote work is becoming the new norm – cue added complexity to support growing data transfers and connections. On top of that, the volume of transactions is exploding to serve new digital experiences your customers have come to expect.
What’s more, cybersecurity threats come to light almost daily as you deal with stricter regulatory compliance, and more pressing IT governance, cloud sovereignty, and SLA concerns. Oh, and there’s also the great resignation to contend with, combined with an aging and retiring workforce.
Can you afford to spend time and resources doing all of this? Do you really want to continue to internalize resources and skills to manage all this complexity?
The truth is, there’s never been a more secure cloud. And with an MFT solution that’s operated for you in the cloud, you don’t need to worry about having the skills and expertise in-house to manage these complex operations.
Here’s a recent example: when the Log4j vulnerability was detected late last year, everyone scrambled to secure their systems.
But for clients running their services in the Axway Managed Cloud, it was significantly less painful. In a few days we had patched it and implemented corrections, and we continue to monitor the situation.
If we are managing, hosting, and operating cloud MFT on your behalf, we have the watch so you can have peace of mind. Our security teams know how to manage this type of situation and secure critical data flows around the world, with 24/7 availability.
Do you really want to continue to manage this complexity and expose yourself to risks for which you may not have the resources or skills?
Managed services like cloud MFT are starting to make a lot of sense
A recent Ernst & Young article points out that adopting managed services can be a faster, more effective route to transformation as we rebuild a post-Covid world:
“Businesses that are ready to let managed services take on those functions that are board-critical but not business-differentiating can free leaders to focus on the innovation that will drive recovery.”
MFT needs to be an integral part of your overall digital transformation process, and you can’t have digital transformation without the cloud. The world is moving to adopt a SaaS (Software as a Service) model, which is why I believe tomorrow’s MFT will be an outsourced cloud MFT, managed by an expert vendor on behalf of their customers.
Axway Managed Cloud Services gives you the best of both worlds: the power of a cloud platform with the business and technical expertise of a world-class team. Here’s what that means:
- A single-tenant, private cloud; we operate server space storage on AWS or Azure for you, in any region.
- We protect your enterprise against the latest cloud-based security threats, vulnerabilities, and intrusions with the most robust security accreditations available.
- Our SLA is platinum-level with 99.99% availability. It’s MFT you can depend on, with a guarantee you simply won’t find elsewhere.
- And we’ll be there every step of the way.
For more than twenty years, we’ve been securely managing critical business process environments and lowering operational costs for hundreds of enterprises. Let our reliable experts operate, manage, and secure your MFT processes while you take care of more important things – like growing your business.
See how Axway can lower the costs and mitigate the risks of upgrading your MFT operations to the cloud.