Looking for IaaS? Get Help With Managed IT Infrastructure Services

IT MSP Offerings.jpgIf you're looking for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), one of the easiest ways to make that transition is through a managed IT infrastructure service. A managed service provider will be able to get your organization started right away -- but first, let's discuss what IaaS is and its advantages.

What Is Infrastructure as a Service?

Rather than investing in on-premise hardware and built-in software solutions, an organization can instead deploy infrastructure-as-a-service. Infrastructure-as-a-service is a complete and instant computing environment, which is provided through the Internet and requisitioned on demand. An IaaS solution neatly sidesteps issues for an organization such as the physical aspects of scaling up and the cost of securing, managing, maintaining, and monitoring computer systems. For the best environment, an IaaS infrastructure is generally paired with a managed service provider (MSP).

What Are the Benefits of an MSP + IAAS?

Transition easily to an IaaS infrastructure. Your MSP will analyze your current on-premise infrastructure and determine the easiest ways to make this transition. If your organization is just getting started, your MSP will assess your company's needs to find an IaaS solution that fits with your current activity and your future needs.

Migrate your data to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud is no joke -- it can be exceedingly complex. A mismanaged migration could lead to data loss and business disruption. But an accomplished MSP will be able to handle a migration from start-to-finish, so you don't have to worry.

Gain complete IaaS support. Your MSP will support your system with 24/7 help desk support. Your IaaS solution is going to be your organization's IT infrastructure; you need to have constant access, and you need to have things operating smoothly if you want to avoid disruption. 

Integrate multiple clouds and solutions. When constructing an IaaS, it has become very popular to have multiple clouds and multiple applications on each cloud solution. An MSP will aid with integrating these often disparate systems and solutions so that your business has a streamlined and optimized workflow. 

Securing your system. Transitioning to IaaS means that your data is going to have to be transferred to a cloud-based solution -- and it means your employees are going to have to transition to a new type of environment. All of this involves some major security concerns, which an MSP will be able to address through software solutions and training.

If you are interested in transitioning to infrastructure-as-a-service, your best bet is going to be completing this transition with the help of an MSP. An MSP gives you all of the tools that you need to setup, manage, and maintain your IaaS infrastructure moving forward -- in the form of an IT partnership that can fulfill all of your IT department requirements. And MSPs don't only work with IaaS; they also provide many other valuable services. Contact CWPS today to learn more.

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New Trends Impacting IT Infrastructure Design and Security

hands-typing-2IT is an industry of constant change. With each new trend that arises, former IT best practices may beradically altered. A secure, cost-effective and productive IT infrastructure design necessitates an understanding of current IT standards. This can be quite a challenge for already over-taxed IT professionals and executives. Presently, many of the trends in the IT world are moving towards the decentralization of IT technology. While this has vastly improved cost and increased productivity, it has also led to some significant security concerns.

Decentralized Solutions Foster a Growing Remote Workforce

The proliferation of cloud solutions has led to an always-on global infrastructure that can be tapped into at any time and from anywhere. In turn, this has led to a growing remote workforce. Companies are outsourcing previously in-house positions, lowering costs, improving talent recruitment and increasing productivity. Naturally, however, this also increases the attack surface of the company's IT infrastructure. By being always-on and accessible from anywhere, the enterprise infrastructure opens itself to the possibility of malicious use.

The Internet of Things Leads to Increased IT Challenges

The Internet of Things is less a technology and more a philosophy of technology, through which a variety of devices connect to a centralized network, often pushing data and analytics. The Internet of Things has been used to describe everything from automated "smart home" solutions to mobile device management, which has increasing relevance in the modern world. The Internet of Things is expected to continue growing and becoming ubiquitous, leaving IT professionals with the daunting task of managing an almost limitless set of potential devices.

Security Concerns Bring Rise to Hybrid IT and MSP Service Providers

Together, many of the modern IT trends are leading to increased security concerns. Companies today must educate their employees and enforce modern security policies if they are to remain secured. Moreover, IT security professionals must be aware of the modern challenges facing a decentralized and inherently open infrastructure. A comprehensive security plan is essential not only to avoid security threats but to manage them in a quick and effective manner.

Of course, keeping abreast of modern security concerns in a fast-paced IT world -- in addition to performing routine maintenance and repair -- can be a challenge. Many companies have turned instead to managed service providers and hybrid IT solutions, which allow the company to create a walled, high security environment while still taking advantage of a more accessible cloud solution. MSPs are able to manage, maintain and most importantly secure these hybrid IT solutions for the company.

Is your business prepared for a security threat? Is your cloud solution properly secured? Or could you benefit from a transition to hybrid IT? Contact us today to find out more about the role that an MSP could fill in your organization.

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