Cloud managed service providers offer an array of smart choices for an organization. Managed cloud services simply means outsourcing daily IT management of cloud-based services and technical support in a cost-effective manner to enhance your business operations. Cloud managed services offer an alternative to hiring a full-time in-house IT staff. Several nationwide businesses of all sizes have turned to Agile IT for cloud managed services.
Here are some advantages of outsourcing your IT to a cloud managed service provider.
10 Benefits of Cloud Managed Service Providers
1. Cost savings
By outsourcing your cloud managed services, you save money by keeping costly network maintenance under control. Staffing a full-time IT department is expensive and often unnecessary for small to medium-sized businesses with small simple networks. Outsourcing to a cloud-first managed services provider like Agile IT can save you thousands each year on the cost of an in-house IT department.
2. Predictable reoccurring costs
Investing in cloud managed services means taking control over how much or now little IT services will cost you during a quarter or season. For example, a tax service has a spike in customers during tax season and will need more support during the first quarter of the year and less during the second through fourth quarters. A privatized learning institute for working adults will need the most support in the evenings when students are online after work. Having a fixed monthly service plan customized to fit your needs or budget optimizes the amount you pay for IT support.
3. Future-proofed technology
Taking the step to migrate to a cloud environment is the first phase of future-proofing a data center. The next step is to hire a cloud managed service provider to ensure the latest technology and service is always available. Each time a new technology comes out or a required upgrade is released, your IT personnel will have to take the time to get trained and up to speed on company time. However, cloud technicians are already prepared to manage the latest technology.
4. Custom and Integrated Service
Cloud managed service providers are very flexible. Some providers offer pay-per-services or payment plans, which enable businesses to spend money elsewhere so they can focus on growing their business. Cloud Managed service providers may also offer a converged solution, which leads to more cost savings. These converged solutions may include security protection and network monitoring or the setup of a new service area.
5. Robust Infrastructure
Agile IT offers a robust network infrastructure that can be managed 24/7. Depending on the service agreement, a managed service provider can monitor and scan the network for patch requirements, security, and more. Managed service providers can also integrate existing business practices and policies to ensure a network is managed in accordance with your organizational goals.
6. Centralized network services and applications
Your business can benefit from a managed cloud network because all applications and servers are managed in a central data center. This will lead to increased employee production due to network availability. Remote network users will be able to access centralized data within the same network including virtual services. Storage and backup can also be built into a centralized network.
7. Coverage on all service levels
Cloud service providers can offer better control over service levels, performance, and maintenance. With a comprehensive service level agreement, your business can be assured continuity of service. As we become more familiar with a network, we can begin to offer advice on how to improve it.
8. Disaster recovery
Services are the lifeline of a cloud managed service provider. Agile IT has designed countless networks and data centers in the past with proven redundancy and resiliency to maintain business continuity. Data will be safe and secured across all cloud services and applications, and business operations can continue with minimal downtime in the event of a disaster.
9. Fast response times
Your businesses can expect quick response times through enterprise level monitoring and remote cloud services. Agile IT can access, monitor, and repair virtually any network issue remotely. If an issue must be resolved locally, a technician should be dispatched within the same business day.
10. Vendor interfacing
Cloud managed service providers can contact third-party vendors with vendor-specific service issues that need to be addressed. As a certified Microsoft consulting partner that has won 4 consecutive Cloud Partner of the year awards, Agile IT understands the technical questions to ask when communicating issues with Microsoft.