When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, organizations instantly realized: (1) employees would have to go home to work, (2) students would have to go home to learn, and (3) patients would have to stay home to protect themselves and others. Many were caught off guard.\nCOVID-19 has shown us that secure cloud architectures are no longer nice-to-haves, they\u2019re must-haves for virtually everyone\u2014from enterprises and governments to small businesses, schools, and hospitals.\u00a0Though concerns about public cloud still linger, in COVID-19\u2019s wake, cloud services have proven they are ready to handle the demands to support the enterprise\u2014be they security, availability, scale, cost aligned to use, agility, and others.\nIn truth, the considerable risks and costs spawned by complex legacy infrastructures don\u2019t even compare to the cloud services offered by heavyweights AWS and Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft has reported a significant increase in demand for its Azure cloud services due to the pandemic\u2014with no significant service disruptions\u2014while expediting the addition of new capacity. How many organizations can make similar claims?\n\u201cWithout scalable cloud services,\u201d according to Syracuse University researchers, \u201cthe current disaster would be unimaginably worse.\u201d\nIf another pandemic or other major business disruption strikes (and it will), is your organization prepared to stand up the desktops that employees need to work from home\u2026over a weekend?\nEnsure your organization is cloud ready\nIn times like these, transitioning the right workloads to the cloud in the right way\u2014and right away\u2014is business critical. \u00a0\u00a0\nBut doing this with complex architectures, shrinking resources, and security vulnerabilities, while keeping pace with newer technologies like AI and machine learning, is challenging.\nIt requires a design framework based on best practices with built-in security and compliance, appropriate policies and governance for resilient and reliable performance, high availability to ensure business continuity, and easy management across the environment. Most importantly, it must enable the desired outcomes.\nOne option is to do it yourself. While you\u2019ll save on costs, most organizations are already short on resources, time, and necessary skills, particularly security skills which are in short supply globally. Another much more expensive option is to hire the resources and expertise you need from a third party.\nBut there\u2019s an easier way at a fraction of the cost: a pre-configured cloud environment.\u00a0\u00a0\nLogicalis: Your expert production-ready cloud partner\nAs a global Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider, Logicalis offers a pre-packaged, pre-configured cloud environment designed to get you from zero to production in weeks. \u00a0\nThe Logicalis Production-Ready Cloud Platform gives IT teams the \u201cfoundations and guardrails\u201d needed to deploy future, additional workloads to Azure, rapidly and with the full confidence that it will deliver the right outcome. In fact, we recently stood up 15,000 desktops for one of our customers\u2014over a weekend.\nPlus, Logicalis offers supportive assessments and services to get you ready to leverage the Logicalis Production-Ready Cloud Platform, regardless of where you are in your cloud journey. We bring vast cloud and security experience to help you reduce operating costs, agilely deliver services to stakeholders, and provide recommendations on next steps.\nGlobal nonprofit: A case study\nAfter going through our process, a global nonprofit now spends less on IT infrastructure and more on directly impacting children, enabling them to preserve their highly favorable ratings among charity watchdogs and other accreditation sites. As a result, they:\n\nAre on track to realize a projected cost-savings of 49 percent.\nCan focus on their core IT strengths, such as ServiceDesk and CRM, rather than managing disparate systems.\nHave enabled employees with a single identity to access the applications they need from the organization\u2019s more than 3,000 cloud-based apps.\n\nDownload the Logicalis Production-Ready Cloud Platform datasheet to learn more. Or find more information about Logicalis cloud solutions here.\nTony Fischer is Director of Business Development for Logicalis US, responsible for Cloud and Service Management.