12 reasons why you should use a Managed IT Service Provider
A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is a company that remotely manages a business’ IT support and other IT services, typically on a proactive basis and under a yearly subscription model.
By outsourcing to Internetwork Media Limited, an experienced Managed Service Provider, you’ll be able to focus on the demands of your business without the headaches and associated costs of system issues and faults.
But that’s not the only advantage of managed IT services; there are many more ways in which an MSP can benefit your business below.
1. Cost Reductions
This is one of the biggest reasons to outsource your IT Support. An IT Manager has an average annual salary in the region of £50,000 per annum (as a cost to the business of in-excess of £60,000). In addition to that, there’s the cost of the initial recruitment, on-going training and associated company benefits such as pensions, national insurance, paid sick leave etc. If you sign up for an IT MSP, your business does not have to worry about these.
2. Year-Round Coverage
As technology grows increasingly complex, in-house hardware and software management has become notably more challenging. Modern businesses need to have innovative hardware and software solutions and end-to-end networking, and a continuous flow of functionality for the internet, intranet, and extranet. A professional IT network service provider like Internetwork Media can fully handle such technicalities all year round under 24/7, 365 management, meaning you can rest assured that your IT systems will be well looked after.
Leading Managed Service Providers (MSPs) use the best technologies and equipment on the market to deliver IT support to your business. IT services are continually upgraded, so you don’t have to worry about your managed IT services becoming obsolete. If you are signed up to a Hardware as a Service (HaaS) program with an MSP, you can ensure that you have all necessary software upgrades before they start to become outdated and a threat to your business.
4. Predictable Monthly Costs
The investment in specialist hardware and software will always be high. A managed IT service offers the highest quality IT solutions for your business at a fixed monthly price. A fixed monthly payment plan means you know what you’re going to get and how much it will cost over the contract, with no unexpected upgrade charges or changes.
Managed IT service providers are highly flexible, as a pay-as-you-go payment plan allows for rapid business growth when necessary or cost savings when you need to consolidate.
6. Converged Services
The majority of managed IT services can be provided over a converged infrastructure to centralise the management of IT resources, consolidate systems, increase resource-utilisation rates, and lower costs. A converged IT infrastructure can also result in better productivity and efficiency, as remote staff working from home have access to all the applications that staff at your Head Office use.
7. Secure Infrastructure
With a Managed Service Provider, your data centres and network infrastructure are more secure, reduce the risk of cyberattacks, and are much more robust than a standard enterprise IT service. Infrastructure is run under 24x7x365 management with government approval security procedures, meaning your business data and network is much more secure.
8. IT Expertise
By selecting a managed services provider, you gain access to IT specialists and their skills. Save on the expense of training your staff for skills they may not use, and instead work with several IT experts from an external Managed Service Provider.
With a managed network, you can benefit from centralising all your applications and servers within managed data centres, which will improve staff performance, regardless of their location. Access to centralised data centres within the network can also provide virtual services and storage and backup infrastructure.
10. Increased Service Levels
A managed IT service provides greater control of both your business service levels and performance. With service level agreements (SLAs) in place, you can be sure of excellent service continuity. Internetwork Media’s managed service levels provide your business with 24/7 IT support and services.
11. Disaster Recovery
Loss of data is a loss in work, time and money. Working with a Managed Service Provider means your data will be safe, whether from human error, flooding, fires, or something else. MSPs have networks and data centres that are designed for maintaining business continuity to avoid downtime.
12. Going Green
By centralising your essential business systems within data centres and running your applications on a cloud platform such as Microsoft Office 365, your business can benefit from a considerable power saving, which will, in turn, reduce your carbon footprint as well as reduce costs to your business.
If you are looking for a Managed Service Provider, then look no further. Internetwork Media, based in Northampton, ideally located to cover the whole country, can provide your business with an IT support package that can take care of all your technological needs. To find out more, contact our team today!