Azure alone is powerful. But when augmented by a specialized, managed cloud service, it becomes an even more effective solution. Here are some of the most important ways that Azure managed cloud services can change your business.
Enterprise: Achieving a Broader Infrastructure through the Cloud
Enterprises today need to consider the power of transformation. A switch to Azure naturally means that an organization is now able to take advantage of all the resources of the cloud. But without Azure management, enterprises also need to devote their own IT staff to managing and maintaining that cloud. Ultimately, a managed cloud service is more cost-effective and specialized.
An enterprise typically will have the resources available to manage their own Azure deployment. But that doesn't mean that they should. Managed services are valuable in the following ways:
- They are specialized. They are experts in Azure specifically, rather than being general purpose IT technicians, or having specializations outside of the cloud platform arena. An Azure managed cloud service will be able to complete Azure-related work far more effectively and quickly, which reduces the amount of IT hours the enterprise is ultimately paying.
- They can achieve better levels of compliance. Because Azure management companies are specialists in Azure, they're also specialists in Azure compliance. Enterprises deal with extraordinary amounts of data, and if that data isn't appropriately compliant, then they could face thousands of dollars of potential fines and penalties.
- They are fast. When it comes to threats against Azure, Azure managed services will be able to react swiftly and mitigate those threats. By having a managed service provider, you can ensure that your system remains as secure as possible. This is increasingly important in a world that has fast-growing cyberattack threats from all corners.
- They are cost-effective. Azure managed services can go over your service needs to ensure that you aren't overpaying. Since Azure services are tiered and there are different levels of service depending on what you want to do, it may not be immediately obvious which service levels and packages you need. A managed service will be able to help you find the right packages for you.
- They are available. You may not be able to maintain an IT department all night long, but your managed services will be able to monitor your Azure solution 24/7. For even larger enterprises, it's either not cost-effective or not feasible to keep a 24/7 IT department. But you still need to make sure that your Azure services are working and protected when your employees come in. A managed service can help.
Enterprises may be able to manage their own Azure services, but that doesn't mean that it isn't more effective to outsource. By using an Azure management company, enterprises are able to better leverage the power of Azure without the extraneous elements that come with having to manage an Azure deployment. An Azure management company can also help with everything from the initial migration to the day-to-day management of the service.
SMBs: The Benefits of Azure Without All the Extra Work
For SMBs, Azure managed cloud services make it possible to leverage the benefits of Azure without having to allocate significant resources to supporting it. As an SMB, you likely need your IT team working on revenue-generating opportunities and innovative new solutions. What you don't want is for your IT team to spend its time managing and maintaining your infrastructure, putting out fires, and generally losing time to routine tasks.
Azure managed cloud services give you all the power of Azure, without having to manage its support yourself. Apart from that, Azure managed services:
- Will figure out what you need to pay. Azure has a number of tiered pricing models, depending on the services that you need. An MSP will assess your organization's needs and find the solution that is most affordable for you.
- Will advise you regarding other compatible solutions. You may find that you need more than just Azure. That can be difficult for an SMB: It requires research, both in the solutions that are most effective, and the solutions that are most cost-effective. Your MSP will be able to advise you on the right solutions for you.
- Will handle your Azure migration from start-to-finish. As an SMB, you may not be able to sustain large amounts of downtime, and you may not have the resources available to complete a large infrastructure-as-a-service migration reliably. An MSP will be able to help you complete your migration safely, with as minimal downtime as possible.
For a small or mid-sized business, Azure management reduces the amount of time and energy that has to be spent to get the most out of Azure. And that means that businesses of all sizes are able to enjoy the benefits of Azure without having to invest a lot into Azure to begin with.
Both large enterprises and SMBs can benefit from Azure managed cloud services. While Azure alone is an effective solution, Azure management brings it to another level of ease-of-use and clarity. For more information about how these cloud services could change your business, contact the experts at Red River.
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