This is a great primer on MSPs, and your insight on the MSPs struggle to stay relevant in a world where the adoption of X-as-a-Service is mainstream. End customers are led to a false sense of security, often believing the protection of data and configurations are minded by the XaaS provider. That's where we see the greatest potential for MSPs to grow into - efficiently servicing the Services and devices that traditional RMMs currently don't have visibility into. The opportunity to manage a customer holistically is huge if MSPs achieve the right automation.
Managed service providers monitor, supervise and secure outsourced network or application procedures on behalf of the organizations that are using those services. MSPs have specialized infrastructure, human resources and industry certifications, and they provide 24/7 monitoring and provisioning of additional services for their clientèle. MSPs that provide servers and network services have massive data center facilities, which can host a number of different Web applications, private enterprise or vertical software applications, and simultaneously interconnect networks through virtual private networking to many different sourcing organizations and individuals.
Since the average cost of a data breach for American companies is just a hair over $7.91 million, that most likely would represent a sizable chunk of available resources for a small business. Of course, these are just the direct costs. This doesn’t include the indirect costs that come from losing customers, vendors, board members, etc. which can cost your company in lost revenue and employee morale.
For years, cybersecurity has largely been an enterprise issue. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) were often the targets of opportunistic attacks, but both damages and frequency were low enough for them to not cause concern for business owners. While it can be argued that cybercriminals were simply going after larger and more lucrative targets, they also misunderstood how the SMB sector itself could be a valuable target.
Managed services is the practice of outsourcing the responsibility for maintaining, and anticipating need for, a range of processes and functions in order to improve operations and cut expenses. It is an alternative to the break/fix or on-demand outsourcing model where the service provider performs on-demand services and bills the customer only for the work done.
The firm has established alliance partnerships with Adobe, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft, GE Digital, HPE, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and others. A key specialty is the company’s cybersecurity and privacy practice, which guides businesses through business transformation while building connected ecosystems that deliver a high level of data protection.
The pure technology group is a leading provider of ICT services and solutions to SME, corporate and public sectors. Technology is designed to match customer strategy: cloud, hybrid, on-premise and mobile from DataCentre to Device. Virtualization, Backup & Recovery, Cybersecurity, DaaS, Email Security, Managed Printing ... VMware, Barracuda, Bitdefender, Citrix, Dell, HP ... Stephen O'Brien
Exigent Technologies was initially hired by a law firm as a security consultant, before moving on to also take on IT managed services. Exigent Technologies takes care of hardware and software renewals, handles firewalls and antivirus tools, and manages desktop rollouts, even as it also vetted a document management system and implemented a remote access system. As a result, the client has been able to stay ahead of hackers and phishing scams seeking to grab the client's privileged information.
GCI is one of the fastest-growing Converged ICT Service Providers in the UK, providing an exceptional suite of end-to-end Managed Services designed around five integrated technology pillars: Full IT Support, Cloud, Unified Communications, Security & … VoIP, Email Security, Dynamics 365, Domain Hosting, Data Storage, DaaS ... Zerto, Fortinet Platinum, f5, EMC², Dell, Datto ... Oliver Bruffell
Typically when partnering with a MSP, that organization will offer you a roadmap; this might be a one, three, or five year plan depending on your needs. This roadmap will have certain IT issues that may come up over time written into it, whether they be small issues or larger ones. That way there are no surprise expenses. With an individual IT employee, this luxury isn’t there. For instance you may at some point need to replace an entire server, which is a huge expense for your company. With a MSP, your roadmap will have a solution for this built into it. This is going to eliminate a lot of stress, headaches, and budget stretching on your part. All while saving you from the downtime that prevents you from running your business effectively, efficiently, and productively.
An international humanitarian aid agency hired Computer Services Unlimited to redo its website to match it with its branding. Computer Services Unlimited also worked on developing and maintaining the organization's web app. The client praised Computer Services Unlimited's communication skills, noting the company's promptness to not only respond to inquiries but resolve any issues or changes to the project.
Choosing the right IT services firm is paramount. Finding the right fit means understanding what a particular company offers, how your firm’s processes fit with the vendor’s model, and ensuring that adequate quality assurance and service level agreements (SLAs) are in order. Quality and performance metrics are crucial for holding a provider accountable and ensuring you’re your organization receives the agreed upon attention and level of service.
SugarShot provided IT consulting and help desk services for a non-profit. The client felt they did not need an in-house person doing IT, but they needed a help desk they could call when they needed assistance. SugarShot is a help desk for the client; they manage servers and services, provide troubleshooting services, and they serve a variety of other functions. The client has been satisfied with the company’s work, and they feel that the company has helped move their cybersecurity forward.
This is why keeping your system up-to-date with the latest software will keep your network from constantly being at risk for another cyber-attack. Thankfully, this is another area of expertise for an MSP, who can proactively make the changes needed to keep your system updated, thereby decreasing your chances of a surprise cyber-attack or unnecessary downtime in the future.
If your company operates in the private sector, you know that how your data is stored and accessed is under great scrutiny at all times from various regulatory bodies. Regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, or EI3PA govern how companies use data, complete financial reports, and more. Staying compliant with these regulations can be very costly to your business.
The firm designs and builds out specialized solutions in several key areas, including: software-a-solution (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and cloud integrations and subscriptions. These include partnerships with Microsoft, IBM, Adobe and Google. CDW offers expertise in developing and deploying AI services as well as other emerging technologies. The company offers customized cybersecurity solutions.
At the outset of enterprise computing, information technology services and management was on a break/fix basis, meaning that computer systems were only managed by an expert when they did not work, necessitating a technician to fix it. This technician may also have been the person who built and/or installed the computer system, due to the proliferation of small IT shops that specialized in this small-scale client services at the time.