Managed services are becoming increasingly popular for organisations worldwide. After all, running IT inside of your organisation can be a difficult ordeal for some organisations — and sometimes, it’s just easier to let someone else do all of the tricky work rather than having to do it all yourself.
With a Microsoft Azure Managed Service, you can have the flexibility and power of the Microsoft Azure platform without having to worry about any of the setup and maintenance involved. Instead, you can just focus on other things that need to be done within your organisation.
In this article, we’re going to go over the ins and outs of Azure Managed Services, how they can benefit you, and how you can get started with one today.
What are Microsoft Azure Managed Services?
A Microsoft Azure Managed Service is a service that manages your organisation’s Microsoft Azure setup for you.
This means that, instead of spending time and resources implementing and managing Azure within your organisation, a managed service provider (MSP) will do the hard work for you.
An Azure Managed Service will:
- Manage and administrate your Azure infrastructure
- Monitor your Azure service and performance
- Patch throughout your organisation
- Diagnose any issues or errors you might face
- Help create and deploy a backup plan
- Supercharge your organisation’s security.
With this, it becomes easy for organisations to focus on other aspects of their business, as all of their technical needs regarding Azure are covered. From updates and security to productivity and workflow, a managed service unlocks your organisation’s potential fully.
An Azure MSP will also be able to help guide you through what your organisation will need going forward, and strategise to ensure that your Azure infrastructure supports any growth or momentum that your organisation faces. With this, expert knowledge and support are readily available at your fingertips.
Microsoft Azure Managed Services Benefits
Reduce Costs with Cost Optimisation
Rather than having to hire in-house personnel to handle the technical aspects of Azure management, partnering with an MSP will allow you to save costs — an MSP’s management and expert support is far more cost-effective than hiring IT personnel on a full salary.
An MSP will also be able to help you work out where you can save costs within your organisation — the expert knowledge provided by your service partner will go a long way in saving costs throughout the term of your partnership.
Continuously Improve Security Posture
Keeping up to date with the latest security needs of your organisation’s Azure setup can be difficult and strenuous. With a managed service, there’s no need to keep up to date with the latest security news — your MSP will have you covered.
As part of the service provided, your service partner will be constantly in the know about whatever security issues are arising and will be there to ensure that you’re covered with new patches from Microsoft as soon as they become available.
Finding Azure-knowledgeable IT professionals is difficult. With the ongoing skills shortage, it can be a costly endeavour to find someone to be able to handle everything within IT that a modern organisation needs.
An MSP is far cheaper and more effective — instead of finding one person, you have a team of experts at your fingertips. With this, you can ensure that any IT needs within your organisation are handled swiftly and with the best knowledge available.
Reduce Internal Workload
A lot of the time, IT is a role that will require people within your organisation to manage and maintain. This can create a strain on resources throughout your organisation, and so alleviating that stress will make your organisation more productive and reduce the workload internally.
Working with an MSP does exactly this — due to the fact that all of your IT needs will be handled by your service partner, there will be no need to put unnecessary strain on your organisation, enabling your organisation’s productivity.
Instead of having to implement new workflows and tools to learn how to remain compliant within Azure, an MSP knows exactly how your organisation can stay compliant. Due to knowing how to work natively in Azure, your MSP will be able to ensure compliance throughout your institution.
When it comes to audits, your MSP will be able to prepare you and ensure that you have all of the information that you need to show that you’re fully compliant.
Enable Simple Scalability
Scaling up on-prem hardware is difficult and economically inefficient. You’ll need to buy and install new hardware, which means lots of expenditure and physical hardware maintenance.
With Azure Managed Services, you can simply just scale according to your needs — Azure is a cloud-based subscription service, so you can ensure that you’re only spending what you need at the time to avoid overspending.
Your MSP will be able to provide you with in-depth reports about your Azure infrastructure, to better inform your decision-making and your needs going forward. After all, data and information in your Azure setup will be able to let you use it more effectively throughout your organisation.
From patch reports and mobile device management reports to log-on/log-off reports, your MSP can use this information to constructively push your organisation’s technical capabilities to the next level.
How We Can Help
Microsoft Azure Managed Services can help your organisation take advantage of the power of the Azure platform without any of the difficulties of implementing it. Instead, your service partner will be able to take care of the difficulties while also providing around-the-clock support, ultimately saving your organisation lots of resources.
If you’re looking for the best place to start with an Azure Managed Service, HAYNE Cloud is here to help. Our expert team will be able to help you work out what you need, and guide you on your organisation’s Microsoft Azure journey.
Get in touch with us today and see how we can help.