In recent times, more and more organizations are adopting the cloud to scale their businesses. As more and more enterprises are keen on outsourcing, an expert third-party company is chosen to carry out the process for cloud migration, implementation, deployment, and continuous delivery. This outsourced company is called a Microsoft Managed Service Provider (MSP) that takes the responsibility of providing a pre-defined set of day-to-day management services to its partnered client’s customers.
Working with top MSPs can be a huge game-changer for your business that can streamline the company’s IT operations and dramatically accelerate growth. The simplicity involved in outsourcing IT operations to augment a company’s capabilities to make the most of the Microsoft Azure deployments is astonishing.
While there are many contenders in the market who provide competitive offerings, choosing the right partner is a critical step in maximizing the value of a managed service provider. Here are 5 parameters to consider while choosing the right Microsoft Azure MSP to fit your company’s requirements.
Microsoft Azure Expertise:
Partnering with Microsoft Azure Partners not only brings key certifications, certified cloud experts and best practices to the table; but also, they have years of experience in planning, deploying, and production that can help you with Microsoft Azure end-to-end implementation. This brings us to their service offerings discussed in the next section.
Partnering with the top market contender MSP can be a long-term relationship that can revolutionize your business or part you from your money – Look at their service catalogue, offerings, talent mix. More importantly, does their service catalogue provide end-to-end support, performance monitoring, disaster recovery plans, real-time reporting, etc? This is one of the most important tasks for executives while making a decision to choose the right MSP.
The potential of cost savings becomes a significant factor for companies to choose the right MSPs. While most of the MSPs have a wide variety of services, only the top contenders have competitive prices that can garner massive cost savings in terms of budgets. Look for promotions, special offerings, consolidated billing systems for simplified management.
End-to-end implementation approach:
An initial assessment is conducted by the MSP to audit a company’s existing IT infrastructure, processes, business cases, and assess the overall cloud readiness. From here they can implement planning and cloud migration to achieve the pre-defined outcomes. With monitoring and management, the day-to-day manual tasks can be eliminated to make the most of Microsoft Azure. They can also help you optimize an existing Microsoft Azure instance through thorough evaluations and make recommendations to improve the existing operations. Check whether the MSP’s offerings that will support your applications.
Monitoring to manage Continuous Delivery:
The best MSPs will provide 24/7 support through various channels and provide around-the-clock coverage through regular phone calls or emails, to provide maximum flexibility to support the applications and keep them running smoothly. Keep an eye on their monitoring applications and defined SLAs to get a broader view of continuous delivery aspects.
CloudThat’s role as an MSP:
CloudThat is the first company in India to provide Cloud Training & Consulting services for mid-market & enterprise clients around the world. With expertise in major Cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, it is uniquely positioned to be the single technology source for organizations looking to utilize the flexibility and power which Cloud Computing provides. CloudThat is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Microsoft 2020 Learning Partner of the Year Award (Global) Finalist and the only company from Asia among the finalists.
CloudThat is also a proud member of Microsoft Partner Advisory Council (PAC) with 200+ cloud certifications on platforms like Azure, Cloud, AI/ML, DevOps, Security, Databricks, Docker, Kubernetes.
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WRITTEN BY Anusha Shanbhag
Anusha Shanbhag is a Technical Content Writer at CloudThat Technologies. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has published over 25 blogs, articles, and technical case studies with a keen interest in advanced cloud technologies. She is a public speaker and ex-president of the corporate Toastmaster club.