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Managed Servers Pros and Cons

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Managed Servers Pros and Cons 

 

Over the last several years there has been a trend in companies to make a move away from traditional in-house IT and toward the use of a managed IT service provider. This has been brought on by the number of increasingly amount of choices a company has in acquiring new technologies and the trends to increase mobility and utilize cloud computing. With this increase in need for new tech systems it has become seen as a smart move to outsource IT needs to a third party managed IT provider. Moving IT out of house has both pros and cons, which need to be explored when making this transition.

 

The positives of using a managed service provider to handle IT needs are the added expertise, increased productivity, and decreased costs. In the rapidly expanding IT field it is hard to keep up to date managing IT in house. The added experience of using any of the third party MSP companies can help more efficiently handle any IT problems. Also, in many companies the in house IT staff has a workload that is almost impossible to manage in a timely manner. The addition of a managed IT service can open up more time for IT people to be more effectively used. Also many companies think that hiring a managed service provider is too expensive, however, it is actually more cost effective. A company can pay only for the exact services that they need as opposed to paying for an overall IT service.

 

There are some downsides to using a managed service provider as well. When moving any service out of house there is a loss of control that goes along with it. Almost every company wants to micromanage every aspect of their operation and decentralizing any aspect of the company can affect the ability to do that. But IT is not the company’s overall goal, the move opens up more time to more effectively manage the more important aspects of the company’s operations. The other objection to using a managed IT service provider is there are many IT companies out their how can a company tell what provider to trust with this aspect of their operations. By selecting an IT service provider with a prove history of high quality service and brand name customer testimonials to back it up, is a safe choice. The move to using a managed service provider is a hard decision for any company to make. Any change in day-to-day operations can seem a daunting task. However, to grow and keep with the times a company must be willing to except change. A managed service provider can offer a lot to a small to medium sized company looking to develop any of its IT needs, from security to cloud storage. This solution is also effective for medium to large companies looking to better manage the IT resources they have on hand. Remember that without proper and efficient management any IT service is bound to fail.

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