Managed Services

FEATURED ARTICLES

  • A Balanced Approach To Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation
    A Balanced Approach To Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation

    Technology is essential to mitigate the risk of exposure to cyberattack.  Note that mitigate means to reduce or lessen in severity, not preclude.  It’s often difficult for IT service providers (ITSPs) to convince business owners that no one can guarantee complete elimination of cyberattack risk. Anyone with a computer connected to the internet is under attack. Your best option is preparation for the inevitable.

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MSP WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • How To Set Managed Services Pricing
    How To Set Managed Services Pricing

    Whether you’re moving from on-demand support to managed services or starting a new company focused on managed services, one of the most important decisions you need to make is how to set your pricing. If you look at online forums you see people quoting everything from $5 to $250 per desktop, or $10 to $150 per user. Pricing is all over the map and so are the services offered.

  • The Importance Of Data In A Managed Service Business
    The Importance Of Data In A Managed Service Business

    In the super fast-paced world of technology, it can be hard to be in “the right place at the right time” to catch a trend and capitalize on it. Well, if you’re an IT service provider today, this is the right place and the right time! The hottest trend today is Big Data. And the people best placed to make use of that data are service providers who monitor and manage resources.

  • Building Backup As A Service (BAAS): An MSP Guide To Implementation
    Building Backup As A Service (BAAS): An MSP Guide To Implementation

    Everyone needs backup. But, it is a thankless job, one that adds no real competitive advantage - and when things go wrong there is nothing but blame. And things far too often do go wrong. Tape backup in particular is prone to error.

  • Backup Is Broken & Needs A Revolution To Fix It
    Backup Is Broken & Needs A Revolution To Fix It

    There’s a vast need for efficient, affordable data backup  that  satisfies enterprises and small businesses alike. The current model isn’t cutting it. A catastrophic failure can put them out of business faster than you can imagine.

  • 5 Steps To Take Backup From Good 2 Great
    5 Steps To Take Backup From Good 2 Great

    I f you have been in the IT service business for a while, you likely have the basics down for backup. You probably have some revenue coming in from the service, and you might even have saved your clients a few times from severe data loss.

  • Work-Stations: Disaster Recovery's Untouched Opportunity
    Work-Stations: Disaster Recovery's Untouched Opportunity

    Often, the mention of Disaster Recovery produces thoughts of monsoons and hurricanes, complete chaos, no power, etc. In reality, for many businesses a disaster is simply as an event that creates an inability for the business to function. Disasters come in many shapes and sizes – the natural disasters we all think about, but also chemical spills, building fires, broken water pipes, and, on a much smaller scale, a virus-infected server.

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MSP PRODUCTS

  • N-centralĀ® All-In-One Managed Services Platform
    N-centralĀ® All-In-One Managed Services Platform

    We’ve provided all of the tools and support that MSPs need to efficiently manage customers’ environments and provide fast support without interrupting end users.

  • AppAssure
    AppAssure

    Award-winning protection across physical, virtual and cloud environments that will get your business back up and running in 15 minutes or less.

  • LabTech Backup And Storage
    LabTech Backup And Storage

    The LabTech Backup and Storage solutions provide a comprehensive set of products that protect operating systems, applications, configurations, settings, and data.

  • Total Managed Print
    Total Managed Print The OKI Solution providing the most comprehensive, end-to-end, managed print services solutions — whether you're just getting started or seeking to expand your existing MPS model.
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ABOUT MANAGED SERVICES

Managed services are outsourced services for which the management and responsibilities are handled by a service provider. Some common managed services include professional services automation (PSA), remote monitoring and management, mobile device management, business applications, postage, transportation, database management, information services, communication services, and many more. Nearly any piece of software or business application available today can be offered as software as a service (SaaS).

A managed service provider (MSP) is an individual or organization that handles the management and upkeep of a provided service and is responsible for delivering and maintaining the service. Managed services often operate on a near-fixed or flat monthly payment model, sometimes with an initial up-front cost for setup which creates a consistent revenue stream for managed service providers. MSPs may often use a Vendor Management System (VMS) to provide both parties with detailed analytics and data about the services being provided. In addition to the VMS, the deployment and control of customers' managed services is often done with specialized software known as Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software. The MSP business model has become more common due its success and the consistent revenue stream that it provides. Some value-added resellers (VAR) also offer products and services with a similar recurring-payment model.

Many government agencies use managed services and many fortune 500 companies take advantage of them as well. Managed services can replace the traditional off-the-shelf resale method, but switching poses many challenges including a more complex billing process and a new sales process which is more service based.