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Cloud Managed Services play an increasingly important role in the industry as more companies look to migrate and manage their workloads in the cloud. Traditional Managed Services provide you the luxury of focusing on your applications, while a partner provides ongoing management of your infrastructure. Among the many benefits of enlisting an MSP, it serves to be a customer-centric solution that reduces operational risk and overhead.
However, a shift in the landscape is occurring, that reinvents prior expectations and values of traditional Managed Services. Technology leaders, specifically AWS, are introducing companies to Next Generation AWS Managed Services models that bring in new self-service capabilities and full stack application support, using the power of Amazon Web Services. Next-Gen AWS Managed Services is a true game-changer that is rapidly increasing in popularity across the industry, but how will it impact your business?
To begin, let’s start by diving into the basics of traditional Managed Service Providers (MSP’s). With traditional MSP’s, capabilities such as Access Management, Security Management, Continuity Management, and Patch Management are offered using a basic vendor model, with businesses fully relying on the MSP to make all fixes and actions. The focus of the traditional MSP is on limiting the changes to the environment. You could think of Traditional MSP as a “cookie-cutter” approach, with limited flexibility, and a lot of reliability on your MSP vendor. Being fully reliant on a vendor has its drawbacks, and in the evolving technology arena, businesses are looking for increased agility with their systems, that aren’t always easily attainable when utilizing a Traditional MSP.
In contrast, a Next Generation AWS Managed Services model takes a different approach. Driven by automation and DevOps processes, Next Generation AWS Managed Services can automate common activities and provide full-lifecycle services to provision, run, and support your applications and infrastructure. Companies can operate in a self-service manner, with nothing standing in their way, allowing them to fully provision their infrastructure in a way that best fits their needs. AWS operates on a shared responsibility model for security, the next generation MSP provides customer-centric solutions that are fully automated, continuous, and extremely agile to help secure the customer’s environment. Overall, Next-Gen AWS MSP is making tremendous impacts on companies migrating to the AWS cloud, providing them more self-service opportunities that improve their agility, reduce cost, and release restraints on infrastructure operations so that they can direct their focus on differentiating their business.
The time to embrace Next-Gen MSP is now. Driven by self-service automation and DevOps capabilities, we will begin to see more and more companies engage Next-Gen MSPs. Take the first step by exploring potential Managed Services Providers. Its critical to find a partner you can trust, that has the experience and expertise to back it up. Enlist a partner that has experience in fully building, deploying, and optimizing AWS cloud environments. Ensure that you’re taking full advantage of the self-service benefits that Next-Gen MSP has to offer, and enable these capabilities through the use of strategic system automation and DevOps features. A good partner should be able to fully guide you along this journey, advise on best practices, and be focused on making your enterprise be the best they can be, making your success their #1 priority.
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With over 20 years of experience in IT, Research, and Cloud Computing, Scott brings a passion for innovation, architecture, and emerging patterns. He focuses on forward-thinking solutions to provide high availability and scalability to both the infrastructure and software systems.
As leader of the Cloud practice at EagleDream Technologies, Scott brings a drive for discovery of the latest developments in Cloud Computing and a willingness to share his knowledge and original thinking with clients and co-workers. Scott enjoys exploring the intersection of the Cloud and software development and how it is driving architectural and design changes.
Scott received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. In his free time Scott enjoys fishing, working on his log cabin, and traveling with his wife and daughter.
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