Microsoft Azure is the best in cloud computing; a managed services provider (MSP) is the best for IT support. Put them together, and you can enjoy the many benefits of Azure MSP.
Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. Used by nearly 70% of all organizations worldwide (and 95% of Fortune 500 companies), Azure offers cloud-based storage, security, networking, analytics and more.
In short, it’s an immensely powerful solution that can improve your business. But if your existing IT team isn’t up to speed on all things Azure, you may be better off partnering with an MSP that knows the ropes.
Whether you’re currently using Azure or looking to migrate to the cloud platform, there are several advantages to working with an MSP that understands Azure, including:
First and foremost, an Azure MSP brings years of IT experience to your organization. In general, working with any MSP comes with industry-leading knowledge in areas like:
However, understanding these topics isn’t optional—it’s essential. Azure is a complex, all-in-one service that demands more extensive knowledge. But with hundreds of products and services included with the platform, broad expertise is hard to come by. An Azure MSP changes that.
Ultimately, when your only point of contact for Azure is an experienced MSP, you can rest easy knowing your cloud infrastructure is in good hands.
An Azure expert MSP allows you to manage your IT resources in various ways cost-effectively.
If you don’t have an Azure-ready team, the cost of creating one can be considerable. And if you employ staff with Azure experience, you’re keeping them on the payroll every day—whether or not they touch your Azure setup.
Even when your in-house IT team can spend hours working with Azure, it’s not always in your best interest. Everything from applying patches to completing regular maintenance takes time—time your IT team could be using to tackle more critical matters. An Azure MSP takes care of all of this for you.
Additionally, when a new update or service is released, your MSP will know if it aligns with your business goals. If they deem it’s the wrong product for you, you won’t have to waste time and money finding out for yourself.
Finally, with its pay-as-you-go model, Azure only charges for what you use—and your MSP can pass those savings on to you.
One of the most significant challenges of using Azure is the initial migration of data and applications to the platform. And because a successful migration is paramount to using Azure to its full potential, it’s wise to partner with an MSP. Azure expert MSPS can oversee the entire migration process—from planning to execution.
A botched migration can lead to:
When you work with a team of Azure migration specialists, you avoid these risks altogether.
Because Azure comprises a complex set of products and services, there’s a significant chance that things could go wrong – unless you have round-the-clock monitoring, that is.
As you may already know, hiring an in-house team to manage your cloud infrastructure 24/7 is costly (if it’s possible at all). However, real-time monitoring is part of the deal when you partner with an Azure MSP like Helixstorm. In addition, a team of Azure experts is always available for maintenance and tech support. Suddenly, downtime becomes a non-issue.
With 24/7/365 monitoring also comes more robust and agile security. By constantly keeping abreast of trends and anomalies, MSPs can ensure your entire Azure setup remains safe from threats.
For most MSPs, regular data collection and reporting is standard. Indeed, analysis begins when you hand over your Azure infrastructure to a Microsoft Azure MSP. In addition, azure has a host of intuitive analytics tools for intelligent reporting.
And the best MSPs don’t just present you with data—they leverage it to help you meet your business goals. Strategic planning is essential to running Azure efficiently and effectively, so hiring an MSP to handle reporting (which is often time-consuming) is massively beneficial.
When you combine the advantages of Azure with the merit of a managed services provider, the result is nothing short of incredible. You can modernize your infrastructure almost overnight and cut your IT budget without compromising.
At Helixstorm, our team of Microsoft Azure experts is ready to bring part or all of your business into the Azure ecosystem—no matter how you currently operate. With 24/7/365 monitoring, best-in-class cybersecurity and disaster recovery services, you can move to an Azure MSP in complete confidence.
To find out more about our range of managed IT services, contact us today.