5 myths about Managed Services Providers

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What are cloud managed services?

Managed cloud services refer to the outsourcing of IT management for cloud-based services and technical support to automate and enhance your business operations. With technology constantly evolving, SMBs don’t possess the skills to effectively monitor and maintain a cloud environment.

This is where a third-party managed services provider would step in to deal with the security, computing, storage, operations, networks, application stacks and vendors of a cloud environment.

But for those who are unsure of what exactly an MSP is and how it can affect business operations, it’s easy to believe these common myths:

“I will have to change all my applications to meet the demands of the MSP”

By opting for a new approach to IT delivery, it is a common misconception that previous applications and software are no longer accessible in the new hosted environment. What IT decision-makers need to consider is the lift and shift methods of previous applications into a secure cloud platform, making the exact applications accessible on any device, anywhere.

Basically, this means you will view the exact same work desktop you would with an on-premise IT setup.

“Managed services will cost more than on-premise IT and in-house staff”

An argument against opting for managed services is the belief that this will take up more budget than providing an in-house IT solution. However, 46% of firms have trimmed their annual IT expenditure by 25% or more as a result of their shift to managed services.

For SMBs, the ability to have enterprise-level IT without the task of recruiting, training and supporting a full department is hugely beneficial. Not only will these organisations be saving budget on recruitment they will also be able to keep up-to-date with evolving technology, instead of falling behind. Putting them at a competitive advantage, instead of falling behind the big names.

With licensing, hardware and support taken care of in one scalable monthly instalment, it’s easy to see why cost savings are achievable through the use of cloud technologies.

“Advanced IT is not crucial for my organisation”

Many smaller organisations are reluctant to embrace the digital transformation that has been revolutionising the way we go about our daily lives.

Not only is outdated software slow, it also composes a huge security risk. As technology advances so do the methods used by hackers to obtain business-critical information. It’s the organisation’s responsibility to protect and manage IT without putting too much strain on the organisation’s resources.

In addition to this, the modern-day worker and consumer won’t wait until tomorrow. They need always-on access to make their involvement with the organisation convenient for them.

“Managed service providers are all the same”

Every managed service provider is unique. With different vendors, partners, hosting methods, security options and cost models. It’s crucial that those considering a managed service provider as an approach to IT strategy have the ability to deliver and monitor the applications necessary to the organisation.

SMBs have the power to completely configure an IT setup to gain the most out of their services.

IT should work. IT should give you back your business. It should increase effectiveness and efficiency. It shouldn’t take away. At Atlas Cloud, we believe your IT should be invisible. We provide businesses with enterprise standard technology at an affordable price, putting you ahead of your competitors and driving productivity.

For more information about what we do, do not hesitate to contact us.

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