Understanding the differences in Managed Services providers

AWS vs. an on-premise environment...which is better?

Lakshmi Devan

Senior Manager Content at Builder.ai
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Have you considered when and how you'll transition to the cloud? Now's the time to start. Included are considerations you'll find useful during the process.The cloud revolutionized the way we live and do business, but now we’re facing the next step in the managed services journey. AWS Cloud Services made things simpler, faster and often cheaper.

They solved a lot of the problems traditional hardware system or on premise data centers faced, but, at the same time, AWS created new complexities and issues. Plain and simple, the way Managed Services are deployed in the Amazon Web Service Environment is different than how they worked traditionally with on-premise storage. As businesses started discovering the many benefits of Cloud automation, they turned to control, monitoring and management of complex and large systems.

The benefits of increased speed, efficiency and control were immediately obvious as was the fact we are giving up the widely-used traditional data center environments. It is a significant change in the status quo, but a necessary one if you want to stay ahead of the competition and making your business model more sustainable.In the digital world, Managed Services differ from the way Traditional IT desktops or server management system are run. Cloud-based MSPs are more advanced, easier to manage remotely and more time-efficient and scalable.

Enterprises which learn to grow with the cloud opportunities of Amazon Web Service Managed Services Partners are able to achieve greater control and visibility on the environments they manage.This is largely because traditional MSPs have to do a lot of ordering, waiting, installing and testing, which is time consuming. This doesn’t mean that you should quit your on-premise MSP cold turkey, but rather stop and think if it makes sense to switch to a Cloud MSP for your enterprise. When we talk about how managed services are different in an AWS environment vs. traditional on premises, we can narrow it down to several core aspects:

Less hardware, more cloud

We already know traditional data centers as hardware-based, and limited within a local network. This means the MSP will need to perform updates, monitoring and maintenance in-house. And this slows things down, resulting in inefficiency.When we talk about the Cloud, most people envision an off-premise data center that stores data anywhere over the internet. But the Cloud is so much more than its' location. Rather, it’s its ubiquity that’s relevant as it allows your Cloud MSP to perform any update, monitoring and maintenance from any location. It doesn’t get any more quick and efficient than that.

From customer-focused to customer-driven

Enterprises often overlook that an MSP is also supposed to make things easier for their customers as well. In an increasingly globalized world, traditional MSPs are falling behind due to how long it takes them to deal with ordering, waiting, installing and testing.But Cloud MSPs are a few laps ahead due to their versatility and ease of operation, guaranteeing that everything is taken care of 100% by AWS. By retaining full control and visibility on the environments they manage, businesses know they are fulfilling the end goal - keeping the consumer happy.

One small step for MSP, one giant leap for your enterprise

When we talk about DevOps, you don’t have to dive in head-first. Try starting with auto-scaling then transitioning it to Builder and then to Infrastructure as a code.To deal with such areas of levels of automation, complexity and processes successfully, you require the expertise of Managed Service Providers. You’re just as much on a journey as your customers, albeit a different one. And on this journey, a Managed Service Provider can guide you, so you’re walking on Clouds in the new digital landscape of the 21st century.

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Lakshmi Devan

Senior Manager Content at Builder.ai

Lakshmi is a communications professional with over 6 years of experience across industries- from digital media and fashion to health and technology. She specialised in Integrated Marketing and Communications cum laude, and naturally, can work her magic best when handling public relations, marketing and editorial content and communication. Most people find her moderately introverted, conspicuously sassy, significantly energetic, and massively dog-loving.

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