Partnering with a cloud managed service team can be a vital part of your business’s transformation to the cloud. These providers can help streamline your IT processes, balance and maintain your applications, and develop solutions that enable your business operations to thrive in today’s market. Let’s dive into the backbone of your business and discuss why you need a Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP).
‘Infrastructure’ is a complex notion, and your business is a unique entity with a complex infrastructure. An MSP can help manage the essential operational components of your business, such as policies, processes, equipment, data, human resources, and external contacts. Whew! That’s a lot to manage, right? Let’s break down this ‘Infrastructure Management’ concept into three main components: Systems Management, Network Management, and Storage Management.
Systems Management is basically the systems needed to keep your operations running smoothly. Data centers. Applications. Workflows. Services. Your business needs to implement a ‘system’ in order to manage your Systems Management. An MSP can provide tools like operations dashboards and management consoles that convert data into actionable results.
Network Management is the part of the business that handles your network’s resources. Internet. Routers. Switches. Servers. Operating Systems. Your business needs several resourcing tools to configure and monitor the hardware, software and other various components of your entire network. Which tools does your IT admin team need to manage that network? An MSP can provide the tools that help your business develop, deploy and manage these services.
Storage Management is the oversight of your business’s data and information. For this one, you’ll want to channel your inner George Carlin: You need space to store your stuff, right? You got more stuff? Where should we put all this stuff? That’s what Storage Management is all about. Stuff and how you store it. Guess what? An MSP can provide your business a number or storage service options that are scalable, configurable, and adjustable. Your stuff will thank you.
Security – is a concept that should be interwoven into each one of these three management areas, such as fighting cyber threats and protecting against data breaches, as well as visibility, transparency, compliancy and data loss/backup. An MSP can provide proactive and regular updates, monitoring, and backups that keep systems running properly, with little downtime.
To add another layer of complexity to all these ideas, your company will also need to develop a different approach based upon your business’s chosen cloud solution—public, private or hybrid. An MSP can provide end-to-end cloud solutions, specifically designed to get the most optimal use of your application and network.
You ready for a Cloud Managed Service Provider yet?
Managing your cloud migration can be an enormous challenge on your internal resources. It can also be a financial strain. Thankfully, an MSP can provide the kind of infrastructure management tools and services your team can use to oversee the key IT infrastructure elements required to deliver the business services needed to differentiate yourself in today’s market.
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