A managed IT service offers a vast array of options, such as data backup and recovery, system monitoring and management, hosting the email server, patch management, and providing important security audits and updates. Many of the best web hosting providers offer MSP solutions. Managed service allows small business owners who don’t have an IT staff or those that want to free their IT team members to focus on other important information management tasks the assurance that their system will continue to be properly managed. Managed services providers often use a flat-rate, monthly fee pricing structure that varies according to the services offered and the number of devices managed.
Cloud hosting offers an assortment of services, depending on user need. The most common Cloud service category is Software as a Service (SaaS). Using SaaS, a CSP supplies software over the Internet to fulfill whatever need a business has. Also referred to as software on demand, Saas is sometimes provided through a subscription, but more commonly it is paid for on a pay-per-use basis. Saas also includes regular system maintenance such as updates, security enhancements, and data backup.
Because Cloud computing stores data on the Internet, your employees have access to the information and applications they need wherever the Internet is available. Additionally, employees can collaborate remotely, and data from all the devices linked to the Cloud are synced automatically, so everyone enjoys the benefits of real-time information. Cloud computing usually offers the freedom to pay for only the services you need and want, and the flexibility to add or remove services as your business’ needs change. If you’re launching a startup, Cloud computing can help you avoid pricey upfront infrastructure costs.
Managed services and Cloud computing offer your small business access to technology that helps your team operate more efficiently, and compete successfully with other small businesses as well as much larger companies. As the IT environment continues to grow in complexity and greater pressure is put on your internal IT team, the time is right to consider enlisting the help managed services and Cloud computing offer.