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Cloud-Reluctant Customers: Do You Walk Away?

Thus far, much of cloud computing has been “coin-operated”. Put in your quarter and out comes X amount of real-time data storage or Y period of email service, forms analysis, payroll processing, etc. The payoff: An affordable OpEx transaction that instantly delivers. So easy, so hassle-free — as long as you “fit in the box” of offerings available from the Cloud Provider. But what about those customers that don’t fit, or that aren’t willing to accept the tradeoff between affordable-instant-easy transactions and what they perceive to be loss of control over their data and processes – do you just walk away? In short, you’d be making a terrible mistake to assume these apparently cloud-reluctant customers are beyond your reach. I recommend checking out this post from Quest’s Director of Sales, Gary Schick, originally published on Channel Partners Peer-to-Peer blog.

Selling Cloud-based Virtual Desktops: A Reality Check

Ideas are cheap, the ability to execute is priceless. Nowhere else in technology is this more apparent than in the delivery of virtual desktops. Why you ask? Because virtual desktops put DaaS providers, their partners, and clients internal IT, directly in the crosshairs of the end users and their expectations. The margin for error is razor thin. If the end user cannot easily access their virtual desktop and work from their preferred device — the best laid plans, and cost benefits for leveraging virtualization at the desktop level are meaningless. Implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is not an easy endeavor. Many CIO’s and IT staff have been “restructured”, due to costly mistakes. There are big rewards for those who can successfully deliver DaaS and VDI offerings to the market. And as with anything worth doing there are going to be challenges and risks, especially for those looking for a simple transaction. Continue reading

Do-It-Yourself Consumers of Cloud

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We have all been in that conversation, when a customer is describing a need, a capability or a solution requirement that is a perfect fit for a Cloud-based platform. Before they even finish speaking, we have the “answer”! We cannot wait to jump in and prove how “smart we are”, how our company, our ecosystem partners, or our Cloud offerings are cutting-edge. One problem. What if your client doesn’t buy into the Cloud strategy? What if they want to manage their core infrastructure, keep their data in-house and be able to “touch” their production? Regardless of the fact that Cloud-based solutions can remove complexities, this type of DIY IT buyer is impervious to white papers, TCO models, ROI calculators and any other presales tool used to funnel their IT spend to Cloud computing. Now what? Continue reading

Quest’s Global Network of Service Delivery Centers are Ready Right Now to Meet Your Clients’ Needs

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When it comes to choosing a partner to help you meet changing client demands, you face some tough decisions. As I see it, you need three things to make a successful partnership:
  1. A partner who’s willing to share — i.e., when you make a sale, you get a piece of the proceeds, including a portion of ongoing revenue from Cloud service subscriptions.
  2. A partner with the right offerings — i.e., a solid bench of Cloud and other technology solutions that truly address your clients’ requirements.
  3. A partner who fields sufficient resources to reliably deliver what you’ve promised your clients — i.e., not merely strong technical experience/expertise but also a network of leading edge data centers specifically designed with the virtualization, automated management, and security capabilities.
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Getting Your Customers to Call You First

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Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to partner with a reliable cloud services provider to deliver the cloud to your customers. It does you little good to have found a cloud partner, if your customers call somebody else. So how do you get your customers to understand that your reach and capabilities have broadened? When it comes to cloud services, how do you get your customers to think of you and to call you first? I recommend checking out this post by Quest’s Director of Sales, Gary Schick, originally published on Channel Partners Peer-to-Peer blog. As always, we’re here to help you prepare for a successful year ahead in delivering cloud services.

When your customers want Cloud: Bring in the experts for free with a Quest Cloud Feasibility Assessment

With all the hype these days about Cloud computing, it can be easy to forget two very important facts:
  1. Not all Clouds are created equal. Different types of Clouds — say, public versus private versus hybrid — have different capabilities and limitations. What’s more, some Cloud providers do a better job than others of building the best Cloud infrastructure and maintaining an ability to customize it to meet customer requirements.
  2. Not all applications and data belong in a Cloud environment.
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Redefining Your Brand in a Cloudy World

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No matter what current IT solution you are offering to customers, you are most likely evaluating how to adapt your current business model so you can thrive in the new age of cloud computing. I recommend checking out this post, originally published on Channel Partners Peer-to-Peer blog, where Quest’s Director of Sales, Gary Schick contributes articles with the goal of stimulating discussion among partners about important issues impacting their business.

New, partner-ready Quest cloud solutions and our enhanced partner portal — designed to boost sales and recurring revenue

Quest is proving its’ commitment to helping you grow your business with the launch of our new partner-ready Cloud solution offering — Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). Helping you make DaaS into a new revenue stream We’ve designed our new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud offering to help you support customers engaging in the consumerization of their IT. Quest’s DaaS enables your customers to shift the hassles of end-user desktop device management to the Cloud. End-user desktops look and perform as usual and remain secure even as the desktop images are rapidly deployed on-demand to virtually any device (including employee-owned) anywhere. Continue reading

Finding your way in a hybrid cloud future

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As anyone who does business with smaller enterprises knows, most have begun to use some sort of cloud service. One survey conducted last summer for EMC shows 62% using cloud — up from 28% a year earlier. Note that most of these companies are using public cloud services, and plenty of that use is what’s called ‘shadow IT’ — which is to say, end-users are doing unauthorized end runs around their IT departments to access these public cloud services for the sake of convenience and ease of use. Continue reading

3 ways to accelerate the DaaS conversation with customers

Making a decision to change how desktops are managed can be a little scary. After all, what if it doesn’t work as advertised.
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At Quest, we’ve developed three ways to address this, all free to your customers:
  1. Free DaaS Proof-of-Concept For your customers who are ready to explore DaaS, we have a free DaaS Proof-Of-Concept, which will help your customers understand very concretely how DaaS will work for them and what they’ll get from it. You’ll find that your customers can be wowed when they do the Proof-Of-Concept with, say, an iPad. Our DaaS Proof-Of-Concept is a two-step process, starting with an hour-long Webex meeting to discuss your customer’s specific needs and gather information. The Proof of Concept itself goes on for 10 days and uses your customer’s own end-point devices — like that iPad, or PCs or Macs — to connect from their location. During the Proof-Of-Concept, we test various protocols and put your customer’s applications and use-cases through their paces. This is a great way for your customer to get actual, real-world experience with Desktop-as-a-Service, including how it works with shared drives, Outlook/Exchange, and applications.
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