Businesses today are facing many challenges, but some of those organizations have found the answer at least to one of those challenges: How to best manage IT in today’s ever-changing market.
So what’s the answer? We’ve talked about organizations moving toward network managed services for improved network performance and reduced cost of ownership, but what about managed hosting and data center services? A recent study by The Aberdeen Group found that of those using a Managed Services Provider (MSP), 75% of those surveyed had used MSPs for more than a year and were already reporting the benefits.
While you may have heard the benefits before, here’s a simple breakdown:
1) Your business gets to use another company’s data center so you don’t have to build or maintain your own.
2) Your business technology professionals can spend more time paying attention to business needs, IT’s role in the future, security and advanced applications like cloud instead of keeping a data center up-and-running themselves.
3) You have access to data backup and disaster recovery even if you don’t have multiple locations because your data is stored and protected in a remote location.
It seems working with a managed services provider might be helping IT professionals focus on other projects within these organizations because 44 percent of those using managed service providers currently use or plan to use public cloud resources in the near future, also reported by The Aberdeen Group.
For those companies using managed services, what new projects do you have your IT professionals working on? For those organizations who are still managing your own data centers, have you considered moving to a managed services provider?