Managed cloud services are outsourced daily IT management and technical support for cloud-based services. These services are intended for the automation and enhancement of business operations. Managed cloud services from managed service providers (MSPs) have become the norm for many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as these solutions help streamline costs and improve overall productivity.
MSPs have become necessary because many internal IT departments do not have the skills and resources to effectively monitor and maintain a cloud environment. MSPs allow companies to focus on their core operations by outsourcing certain aspects of their business — such as administration, human resources management, or IT services — to a specialist company.
MSPs reduce a company’s expenditures because they have the consolidated monitoring tools that most companies will rather not spend for internally. MSPs purchase these tools on a much larger scale for a better price, as they will likely end up using a wide range of applications and programs for each of their clients. This takes advantage of the economies of scale — clients will spend less if they engage in the services of an MSP compared to buying the tools themselves.
Predictable and standardized expenditures
SMBs prefer predictable costs because it helps them maximize the profit potentials of their budget. Knowing exactly how much you will spend for coming months will help determine if your business can set aside some profits for capital investments and the like. Reducing the variability of cost also mitigates some natural risk that businesses are exposed to on a daily basis.
Because MSPs offer fixed monthly rates, many companies turn to them to take advantage of their predictable costs. This helps in accurate and efficient budgeting, allowing the company to further improve or expand its operational capacity.
Future-proofing involves anticipating the trends and future practices, and developing methods to minimize the shocks and stresses they may bring. In an increasingly mobile and digitized business landscape, future-proofing involves migrating your databases and communications to a cloud environment.
Future-proofing does not necessarily mean blindly adapting to trends and technologies; for instance, many companies have learned the hard way that the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trend may be a decade or so away from becoming a mainstream transaction tool.
Customized services are perhaps one of the most significant draws in the MSP argument. Cloud managed service providers are likely to have flexible program plans, client-friendly payment schemes, and the like. Well-equipped MSPs will have a wide array of applications for clients across several industries, enabling them to provide you with tools specifically for the needs of your company in your industry.
Centralized control and access
In a managed cloud network, the service provider oversees all applications and servers in a central data center. This means your data can be easily accessed should the need arise, and because control is exercised centrally, management can easily assign how information can be filtered or disseminated. This also means client directives can be as simple as an email and could be accomplished in a timely manner.
Multi-level service coverage
Cloud MSPs offer excellent control over varying service levels, which is especially useful for SMBs with varying levels of operations. Your MSP should offer a comprehensive service-level agreement (SLA), and it should require a thorough understanding of your business continuity plan. The longer you maintain your relationship with your MSP, the cheaper and more efficient its services should be.
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