Managed Services is a well known term to those within the industry, yet is virtually unknown to those outside of it. Even to those that know the term, it is not always understood or appreciated. With the IT industry becoming more complicated every day, I can understand why one might choose to remain only slightly knowledgeable about IT and how it plays such an important role in todays SMB world. Today’s SMB owner need not be experts in the IT industry nor do they have the time. That is the singular purpose of the Managed Service Provider.
THE NEW FACE OF CONSUMPTION…
For some time now, a certain trend has grown consistently stronger in our lives: the emergence of subscription-based products and services.
We still encounter small and even medium size businesses that manage their technology internally or are supported by a one person service provider. Despite investing significant resources in IT and other related services these organisations tend to be operating with only “out of the box” setups and frequently are using a small fraction of the capabilities available. Given the complexity of technology today organisations need access to a team with diverse skills and expertise.
The data centre market is constantly the focus of advertisements these days. Its service offering continues to expand, but how do you find your way around it?
One thing every business has in common is that they just want their IT systems to work; everyday, continually. No outages, no viruses sneaking in, no equipment failures. In fact they want everything to work so well that they don’t even have to think about it.
Making your IT infrastructure virtual and migrating it to the cloud is likely to bring you significant gains. However, the elimination of IT management isn’t a part of that!
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re part of a small business (according to Industry Canada, 98.2% of businesses in Canada have less than 100 employees). Your business also likely suffers from the same issues that plague many other small businesses: small budgets. You might now be thinking: what does this have to with Virtualization?
If your organization is like many in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market segment, your core business is providing products or services other than Information Technology (IT), whether on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis. After your initial start-up, your IT expenditures are likely entirely reactionary to breakdowns or new needs that arise suddenly.
So you’re purchasing a new server? Read this before you do!
When choosing between servers in the cloud and local on-site servers, what is the best solution for your business? Which solution is cheaper and would be most effective? These are common issues for leaders of small and medium businesses, and they reoccur year after year. To help you make the right decision, we’ve studied both options.
Businesses may wonder how the new version of Windows, Windows 10, released on July 29, 2015, will benefit them.