Cloud vs Managed Services – What Do You Need?

As technology evolves and matures, more options are becoming available to business owners.  Often, you’re too busy running your day-to-day operation to explore the online services available to your business. Let’s look at cloud computing vs managed services and compare their benefits and challenges to help you determine which is the right fit for you.

What Is Managed Service?

When you engage a managed service provider (MSP), you’re outsourcing your IT department to a third-party that assumes the responsibilities of an internal IT team.  Your MSP handles issues like maintaining hardware, software updates and applying any patches or security necessary.

With an MSP, you are assigned specific servers and components that the provider then assumes responsibility for monitoring 24/7.  Your MSP manages any IT challenges and solves any IT problems freeing you up to run your business.

What Is Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a metaphor for the Internet. Your data and programs are stored virtually online and hosted by your cloud host provider (CHP). Your data and programs are accessed via the Internet instead of on an in-house server or hard-drive.

There are three types of cloud computing; public, private and hybrid. Using the public cloud, your business gets your own “cloud” on a shared server along with other companies “clouds.” Your CHP is responsible for all security and maintenance of your virtual server. The private cloud is managed by your in-house IT team and gives your business exclusive control over your data. A hybrid is, as the name implies, a combination of public and private; some data managed in-house some located offsite.

Cloud vs Managed Services

When it comes to the cloud vs managed services both offer benefits. It really depends on your company’s unique needs. Both offer data backup and recovery, monitoring and management, security, software updates, upgrades and patching.

Managed service is a great solution if you’re a small business that doesn’t have an in-house IT team.  Most MSPs use a monthly fee based on services offered and the number of devices managed.  The downside is possibly paying for services you don’t need, but the burden of managing your IT is moved off-site.

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