Managed service provider (MSP): What are the benefits?

More and more organisations collaborate with a managed service provider (MSP). As skilled professionals, they offer invaluable expertise, advice and guidance to help maintain cloud environments that support current and future business needs.  

Ever-increasing data sharing, evolving information technology trends and tighter security regulations and protocols mean that selecting the right cloud infrastructure is critical to an organisation and its operations.  

Private cloud is a popular solution that offers many benefits when protecting sensitive data and applications. It enables organisations to achieve enhanced infrastructure control while maintaining robust security levels that safeguard vital data and ensure compliance. 

Public cloud helps organisations embrace a host of benefits, including scalability, which allows them to scale their resources up or down quickly, which can be especially valuable for those with fluctuating workloads. It also allows organisations to extend their reach by deploying applications and services closer to where their audiences are, with data centres deployed in regions worldwide. 

However, for many, building, managing and monitoring cloud infrastructures in-house can be complicated, requiring significant investment in equipment, staff, training and time.

The benefits of working with a managed service provider  

Migrating to the cloud can offer organisations numerous benefits if managed appropriately. 

Working with a trusted and professional (MSP) to design, implement and manage their cloud infrastructure helps organisations harness their full potential and transform how they conduct operations in the challenging digital landscape.   

Here are some of the key benefits of such a collaborative partnership: 

1. Expertise and experience

  • A managed service provider such as Brightsolid brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience that is hard to replicate in-house, boasting a dedicated team of cloud architects and engineers who know and understand the complexities of designing, deploying and managing the cloud infrastructure as well as offering guidance and recommendations around how best to deploy workloads and applications to the cloud.

2. Cost savings

  • Resource allocation and cost optimisation ensure that organisations only pay for what they use, which helps to manage budgets better and estimate costs in the long term.
  • Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, will manage the underlying public cloud infrastructure to ensure reliability, scalability and performance so that organisations with fluctuating demands can scale up or down quickly when required and only pay for the resources that they use.
  • MSPs who deliver private cloud environments will manage and control the physical infrastructure, including the data centres, servers, networking and storage systems, ensuring the cloud’s availability, security and scalability so there is no requirement for upfront costly investments in software and/or hardware. 

3. Enhanced security and compliance

  • As cyber threats and breaches continue to grow and evolve, security is a critical concern for many organisations. It is one of the key reasons why they choose to store their data and workloads in private cloud environments as it offers greater control, allowing them to define and enforce critical security policies and configurations, according to their needs and compliance requirements.
  • Within public cloud, many CSPs invest heavily in security measures, with economies of scale that can lead to more robust security practices than what individual organisations can achieve on their own. 
  • However, for any cloud environment, it is worth agreeing on the cloud security shared responsibility model to ensure that everyone is aware of who looks after the security of critical data, workloads and services.
  • Regardless of the cloud environment, organisations can utilise advanced security tools, audits and dedicated personnel with MSPs supporting organisations by implementing robust security measures and providing recommendations and guidance that can help meet industry-specific compliance regulations such as GDPR and PCI DSS.   

4. Focus on core business activities

  • Outsourcing the technical and day-to-day aspects of cloud management delivers a competitive edge. It allows internal teams to focus on critical/core business activities around innovation, customer experience and growth without worrying about infrastructure concerns 24/7. 

How Brightsolid Cloud can support your organisation  

As a trusted cloud-managed service provider, Brightsolid is here to transform the digital journey by delivering dedicated and customised cloud platforms specific to your operational needs. 

With Brightsolid Cloud, your organisation will achieve a cost-effective and secure cloud built on the industry-leading VMware platform hosted in Brightsolid’s Aberdeen and Dundee data centres.   

Allowing you complete control, it delivers a self-service customer portal that offers immediate availability, lightning-fast deployment, unrivalled flexibility, and compliant infrastructure security to protect against external threats and regulatory penalties and minimise downtime. Brightsolid also provides proactive maintenance and management of critical cloud infrastructures, workloads and data. 

Together, this means that you no longer need to compromise on security and performance but can focus on core operations and taking your business forward.  

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