What are managed services?
Managed services refer to the IT services that are provided by a tech company. The clients outsource the day-to-day functions to a particular vendor for an increase in efficiency. Managed services are related to a process in areas such as backups, optimization, cloud migrations, cloud storage, server security, server support, etc.
This means that even when you have specific servers or components assigned to you, the person who managed them is an outside provider. This provider is in charge of every task your IT department would do if you were running the computing services internally: task such as patches and updates, monitoring systems, keeping hardware up and running, etc.
What can we infer about non-managed services?
In the other hand, non-managed services can cause a little bit of confusion since they may be related with the cloud services. Therefore, one thing to clarify is that being on the cloud do not always mean to acquire managed services too. A cloud computing arrangement is more of a subscription to use a tool available.
For example, I may have an account on AWS cloud where I pay a considerable monthly subscription to host my server. In this scenario, I will be responsible of managing my own tasks. These services may be also related with some kind of platforms where you create an account with them and you can receive information from that user about your activities and management… but as it was mentioned before, even when this platform offers an easy way to manage your account, you are still the responsible for the total control of it.
What about SaaS?
Software as a service (SaaS), is a term that might be related with the term of managed services or the results of it. In general terms SaaS refers to a software application which is hosted by a provider on their own servers, but accessible to users across the Internet.
We can infer that SaaS model is related with managed services since there is a relationship between the provider (in charge to deliver the infrastructure, to give support and to upgrade services to all users of the software applications) and the user of the infrastructure.
SaaS solutions have benefits both for the provider which are the one place infrastructure, no need to support many OSs and that they can upgrade services and for the users the service is normally instant to set up, available from anywhere and competitively priced.
What is the best alternative to use?
In order to explore the cloud and join to this technology, as experts on IT field, we will recommend you to get all the information you need in order to clarify your necessities at cloud, and to evaluate what does your company need -and what are the resources you are willing to put on it- to get results.
Even when you are an expert on the cloud computing, it is very important to establish time, efforts and resources to get started on the cloud. And when you do not count with one of these elements then you may think about having managed services instead of non-managed.
As a delivered company of managed services, we can say that tasks such as cloud assessment, scalability and availability, security, backups, automation and DevOps will be easy to understand and control when you choose a managed service alternative. Also, this model offers pros in terms of cost, time, effectiveness and productivity.
There are clear advantages of using managed services over the non-managed ones. The first of all is the time and resources you save when joining to the cloud with managed services. And the difference between these services and the SaaS, the best model of cloud computing, barely exist.
Whether you are still comparing both alternatives or thinking about what kind of company is the best to acquire these services, we hope this information helps you to make a decision. Moreover, we offer Managed Services packages to meet your requirements.
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