As a business owner, you might be familiar with terms such as managed services and cloud computing. However, like many of your peers, you might be busy running your business, and havent really bothered to check what these terms have to offer. Maybe you have already outsourced your services to cloud service providers, or managed service providers without understanding what they mean. This post will help you understand the basic difference between these terms, and which is best for your business.
This term is prominently used when your IT infrastructure management is outsourced to a third party (Read INFRASTRUCTURE OUTSOURCING IN THE AGE OF CONVERGENCE: HOW TO CONVERT RIM SERVICES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE). These services will not only conduct regular monitoring of your servers, but also protect your IT infrastructure assets. The Managed Services will provide you 24/7 support. Once you enter into an agreement with the Managed Service Provider (MSP), you can concentrate on your key business areas without bothering about IT challenges, as well as risks that come your way.
The term Cloud is used as an alternative for Internet. Cloud computing has become a popular buzzword nowadays. This refers to a situation where you are allowed to store your business programs or data on a third party application. This allows you easy access to data from anywhere around the world through a fast Internet connection.
• Public Cloud: This is the most popular cloud model where businesses share the infrastructure with others. This model suits small budget businesses who cannot afford to spend on infrastructure management. All issues related to application security or software updates are managed by the service provider.
• Private Cloud: This refers to a model where a business can manage its own cloud infrastructure. This model is more expensive than the public cloud, and suits businesses wishing to have exclusive control over their data.
• Hybrid Cloud: As the name suggests, this model combines features of both public and private cloud. Some of the cloud features are managed by the in-house team, and the rest by the service provider.
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) vs. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) is a hot a topic of discussion, since last few years. Each has their own benefits. Read below to know more.
• Services: Managed Services provide a vast array of options including data backup, data recovery, hardware updates, software installations, patch management, security audit, and more. This model particularly suits start-up businesses that don’t want to spend on internal IT infrastructure management team. This service helps them to enjoy updated IT infrastructure without bothering about the challenges or risks involved. Cloud computing services can be availed as per users needs. Most CSPs allow users to take advantage of Software as a Service (SAAS) model. This model allows a user to use a cloud application to meet their data storage needs. SAAS model is usually offered through a subscription or pay-per-use basis. Under this model, the service provider also assumes the responsibility of data backup, application security, as well as data update. Cloud computing is ideal for businesses that conduct many of its business operations remotely. Employees can remotely access files, and collaborate with each other over a project. All documents are synchronized to the cloud automatically, which means employees can access the updated files whenever they want. Also, this model suits businesses that don’t want to spend on infrastructure costs.
• Charges: Managed Services are offered in monthly fee packages, and users are charged as per the services or devices managed. CSPs allow users to pay as per their daily usage. Users can subscribe to the cloud model and choose what services or features they want to keep.
After reading the above information, you will understand that Managed services and Cloud computing both allow companies to operate efficiently. When your business IT environment grows more complex, there are all chances that you might consider MSPs and Cloud Computing. Whatever be your choice, you need to ensure that it helps you in the long run, as well keep your IT infrastructure secure and update. Click here for more information on the challenges faced by MSPs and CSPs.
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