Many companies are looking to tap into the power of cloud computing. Although cloud-based systems offer many benefits, the training and effort to perform all complex tasks required to manage cloud infrastructure and tools may be too advanced for an in-house employee. An alternative solution would be trusting a managed service provider. By choosing the provider route, companies can stick to their core business activities and leave the aspects of the cloud to an expert partner.
Companies have the option to use the cloud and manage the environment internally. Organizations may insist on ‘doing it themselves’ to retain control over their investments; assuming their internal IT departments possess the skills to do so. They will pay a monthly fee to ‘rent’ space from one of the major hosting providers like Amazon, Google or Microsoft, but will take on all of the responsibility of implementation and management. Management of the cloud will include maintaining the environment, installing software, managing firewalls, troubleshooting issues and ensuring all security protocols.
Implementing a cloud-based system for the first time can be a time consuming and costly affair for an organization. Although companies may be paying a smaller ‘rental’ fee for their hosting provider, they will have to invest a great deal of money into their own resources. An organization will need to hire and train more engineers if their IT departments aren’t sufficiently staffed. Even after training and implementing, many companies will need to dedicate more time and money into supervisors and create a whole new sector of their internal operations.
A greater amount of enterprises are moving to the public cloud and are choosing to engage with service providers who specialize in migrating and managing implementations. Most of these vendors specialize in one of the main cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform.
Choosing to have a separate vendor manage the cloud will be beneficial since their resources already have the knowledge and expertise needed to implement cloud-based systems. Outsourcing this aspect which will enhance your business operations, since you will not need to provide additional training to your current IT department. Managed Service Providers can also take the role of consulting by exercising flexible processes and methodologies to suit your business needs.