What is an MSP?

MSP simply stands for managed service provider which is pretty much really just outsourced IT providers but with a more proactive approach. IT consultants usually charge by the hour with a more reactive model compared to managed service providers. With a more proactive approach, your MSP will try to prevent problems from happening in the first place which is usually on a fixed fee arrangement.

In this article, we’ll try to make you understand the basics of managed service providers so you can check how it will be beneficial for you.

What do MSPs do?

MSPs main scope is monitoring, patch management, and preventing hardware problems. By monitoring hardware 24/7 they will be able to detect whether a hard drive is failing, if a server is failing, and replace it before it actually goes down. In terms of patching, they ensure that the operating systems, servers, and workstations to prevent problems or cyber attacks.

Who benefits from an MSP?

Industries who will benefit the most from MSPs will be heavily IT dependent companies. Some of these are manufacturing, distributions, telecommunications, security, finance, and many more. But don’t fret because it’s not just big companies who can benefit from MSPs because small-medium businesses too as it’s more budget friendly compared to having your in-house IT team.

Added Values of MSPs

One of the most notable of the technical benefits of MSPs is leveraging their investment. There’s no need for you to purchase hardware and software to address your IT needs as your service providers already have these which will be maximized when you work with them.

Additionally, your IT service providers would have up-to-date knowledge and technology allowing you to stay ahead of competition and preventing problems before they arise.

MSPs are the Future of IT

With technology being agile as ever, the future will rely more on outsourced IT. By doing so, companies should be focusing on their core to make money. It’s more worth it to outsource your IT now unless you have very specific reasons that will affect your operations.

An IT environment is very complex but with managed service providers, it becomes more simple and easy to understand. MSPs have capabilities to administer a company’s infrastructure so they don’t have to. On a smaller scale, one can think of an MSP as a system administrator—for a hybrid cloud space, for instance—and on a more comprehensive level, an MSP can go beyond serving as remote support and act as a strategic consultant.

If you are interested to learn more about MSPs, feel free to reach out to CMSIT for more details.