Microsoft Azure offers many opportunities for companies to either introduce cloud-based productivity to their business or organize and modernize their existing infrastructure. With a suite of services and virtual tools, it can change the way you work while adding a layer of efficiency and reliability that wasn’t available before.
But concluding that Azure is right for your business is just the first decision that leadership will make. You could purchase it for yourself and use in-house resources to set it up, test, monitor, troubleshoot, and expand when necessary. Or you could utilize a managed service provider and take advantage of Azure in the as-a-service model. While either choice offers the benefits of Microsoft Azure, utilizing the right MSP adds additional value that can benefit your company both now and in the future.
Here are some of the reasons why using a Managed Service Provider makes sense when implementing Microsoft Azure:
Getting What You Need at the Right Price
Microsoft Azure isn’t simply a buy-and-install purchase. It has very flexible pricing, which can become complicated when you factor in all the options and pricing tiers. If you don’t know exactly what you need, it can be a challenging process to find the right suite of products and services. Either you’ll underestimate your needs, or you’ll end up paying for tools you don’t use. In either case, you’re spending extra time and money trying to figure out the correct setup for your business.
But with a managed service provider, you can optimize your Azure experience easily and affordably. The provider will help tailor the experience for you and drill down to the parts you need to help your business. You won’t use every feature Azure offers, so there’s no reason to pay for them. As your business grows, the MSP can present those options as needed and add them to your experience. It all starts with knowing how your business works and how Azure works, and finding the right fit for you. The right MSP will excel in this area, saving you headaches and helping your bottom line.
Support and Security
In a cloud-based environment, two issues come to mind immediately: Security and Reliability. Microsoft Azure offers both of those qualities in an efficient package of tools.
But when issues do occur, what’s the best practice for resolving them? Dispatching your IT resources to diagnose, troubleshoot and try to resolve the problem? How much time will that require, how much downtime would be involved, and how familiar is the department with every aspect of how Azure works with your existing technology?
A better solution would be to contact your MSP, which has plenty of experience dealing with Azure and can quickly resolve your issue with little or no disruption to your workflow. There’s no learning curve with a managed service provider. They already know how Azure works within your business and can identify and resolve any obstacles you might encounter.
Your MSP can also implement the very best security tools to make sure there are no weak spots or glaring vulnerabilities. And as security technology improves (to keep up with advances in cyber-criminal activity), the managed service provider can help ensure that you’re covered with the latest tools that work best with your particular network setup. Cloud-based productivity is designed to be fast, reliable, and secure, and your MSP can make sure it stays that way, without draining your IT resources in the process.
Updates and Upgrades
Like any modern technology tool, Microsoft Azure is not a one-and-done release. It continues to adapt and innovate, optimizing existing tools and offering new ones over time. Even if you knew everything there is to know about Azure on day one, it would take a lot of time and resources to keep up with every nuance of the evolving product.
But with a managed service provider, there’s no pressure to constantly update your knowledge base with everything Azure offers. The MSP will do it for you, monitoring any changes that might impact your business and new innovations that might benefit your unique situation. Your talent can spend its time using Microsoft Azure, while the MSP manages your account and makes sure you’re using it to its fullest potential.
And in some cases, Azure isn’t the one doing the upgrading. Your business will expand and grow, and existing Azure applications you’ve never used might become valuable to your work process. Again, the MSP can help match your new needs with Microsoft Azure’s vast suite of tools and services, meaning you’re not the one spending time researching what’s needed for your evolving usage habits. You keep working while the managed service provider works for you.
Imperium Data Services: Your MSP of Choice
If you’re looking for an excellent managed service provider to help navigate, implement and optimize Microsoft Azure, look no further. We have the experience and talent to make sure that your Azure experience is everything you need and more. As Azure evolves, we’ll make sure you always have what works best for you. And as your business grows, we’ll ensure that your experience meets your changing requirements. Simply use our contact page to get started.