A company’s IT infrastructure is a critical component to the success of the business. Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 enterprise, your day-to-day operations rely on an increasingly complicated network of servers, laptops, mobile devices and cloud-based applications…all of which must remain updated, patched and monitored to run efficiently and prevent hacking or accidental data loss.
Managed IT services, also known as outsourced IT services, is a cost-effective way for a company to ensure its network, hardware, software and peripherals all operate smoothly and securely.
Here are five major benefits of managed IT services:
A Managed Services Provider (MSP) handles all of the monitoring, updating and security of a company’s IT systems for a simple, fixed monthly rate that’s often a fraction of the cost of hiring internal IT staff. By using an MSP, a business gains the advantages of highly-trained IT professionals without having to pay the high salaries they command when brought in-house.
All Hands on Deck
Working with an MSP gives you access to an entire team of highly skilled, certified IT professionals when you need them — something that comes in handy when dealing with a complex or critical issue or project.
A dirty little secret many companies share is that their hardware or software only gets updated when something breaks. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…right?) The problem with this strategy is that it costs a business far more in lost productivity when the network goes down than it does to invest the time and resources needed to proactively maintain it. Managed IT services ensures everything stays up to date and secure, all of the time.
Everything connected to a network, whether it be a server, mobile device, laptop, desktop or other component, provides a potential access point for hackers to gain entry and steal critical data. There is no room for a “fingers crossed” approach to protecting your systems. An MSP takes all of the worry out of network security by ensuring you’re protected from ever-evolving attacks.
Data Loss Prevention
Loss of information due to system failure, fire or natural disaster, physical damage, or ransomware can have serious consequences for any business. With Managed IT services, systems are backed up regularly and lost data can be quickly and easily restored. A good IT disaster recovery protocol helps keep downtime to a minimum.