Why Managed Services as a Cloud Strategy
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Despite the enormous expense and effort involved in hosting data on premises, it cannot compare with the cloud for scalability and versitalty. Which is why so many businesses are choosing to migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
But opting to migrate and manage your environment (after migration) using in-house resources can be tricky. And it can end up costing you in terms of both expense and efficiency. Because the Cloud can be a complex and confusing place. Making the most of the varied solutions it offers requires specialized expertise. And the experts in this area are undoubtedly AWS Managed Service Providers. (MSP). Here are a few reasons to consider managed services as your cloud strategy.
MSP as a Cloud Strategy
The best time to engage an MSP is before you migrate your applications to AWS. Migration gives you and your MSP the best opportunity to architect the best possible cloud environment for you…one that will support your business goals and deliver performance many levels higher than your legacy system ever could.
Having your applications backed by an optimized infrastructure that calls for zero maintenance effort by you will free you to concentrate on your core performance areas instead of spending time in day-to-day infrastructure management.
Here’s a quick list to check that your AWS MSP is up to speed.
A well qualified and experienced provider follows an approach of continuous engagement-delivery,-growth. Their engage on agile, pay-as-you-go, models much like AWS cloud itself. The right MSP will work collaboratively with you, rather than delivering an opaque “black box style” service.
Ensure your shortlisted MSP can offer CloudOps integrated with customer-service teams. This is a great way to get insights on application performance that can also help optimize apps and workloads.
Your MSP should also be able to support Managed DevOps service, so you can derive the benefits of cloud-native applications and services
A well-qualified MSP ought to be able to identify opportunities for app improvements, and tap them during the process of migration.
Finally, your chosen MSP must offer ‘pay as you go’ & ‘plan as you go’ managed DevOps, so you can eliminate slow and clunky statements of work.
An MSP that can deliver all this will empower substantially greater technical and financial advantages than your legacy infrastructure can offer.
What can your AWS MSP take over?
Managing AWS Cloud
Handing over routine cloud management operational tasks to your AWS Certified CloudOps lest you improve on your operational efficiency. Some taks that your MSP can take over include:
Expert account configuration
Complete routine maintenance
Next-gen AWS managed services.
Doing all lets you leverage AWS ability to enhance your operational efficiency
Your MSP must be able to automate repeated tasks. This will improve productivity and accuracy. Harnessing DevOps automation to optimize your cloud architecture, and integrate infrastructure automation and deployment, and implement a goal-oriented road-map can unleash your team’s true potential for productivity as well as innovation.
Using superior tools, you can gain powerful cloud security and incident response services, built on AWS security best practices, automated data collection, and real-time threat detection. A vigilant MSP will continuously monitor your environment to detect threats. If any anomalous behavior is detected, your managed security system will automatically alert your MSP security team to respond immediately.
Managing Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
The ideal MSP will be capable to optimizing app-performance—while monitoring and measuring performance for any anomalies that need quick correction—by using real time insights, root-cause analyses, and rapid response&remediation.
Managing Cloud Optimization
An expert MSP can help costs without compromising performance, using methods like detailed cost attribution, cost reduction, use of new technology, and invoicing-spend analyses.
Your MSP should also have the knowledge and experience to provide expert advice to eliminate wasteful expense and enhance your AWS experience. Some areas where this can come into play are:
Cloud Migration Services
Choose a cloud managed provider with proven expertise in migrating workloads to AWS in a way that is speedy, avoids downtime, and pre-empts problems. They way to do this is through migration readiness and planning, efficiency-expert implementation and, post migration, optimising services based on empirical evidence. Optimised workload migration can revolutionize the way you execute your core business model and pave the way for future growth
An expert AWS MSP can enhance your cloud strategy using containerization with as little wastage as possible.
There are many and varied containerization technologies, and AWS offers many services to store, manage and run your containers and micro-services, so an expert’s guidance is necessary to make an optimal selection. With the help of AWS container-management tools like Amazon ECR, Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, AWS Fargate, and Amazon EC2, you can manage different sizes of workloads.
AWS Lambda Serverless Architecture offers many benefits, such as advanced scaling, efficiency, agility, and cost-savings. Harness your MSP’s knowledge to implement serverless infrastructure , effectively eliminating server maintenance and, thereby, tasks such as load balancing or manual workloads.
Guidance on AWS Well-Architected Framework
Finally, an AWS expert will ensure your applications conform to best practices stipulated in Well-Architected Framework. In addition to best practices this process calls for detailed guidance, and implementation-expertise in order to harness the power of AWS.
By comparing your workload to best practices as per the Well-Architected Framework your MSP can ensure your infrastructure is as efficient and reliable as possible.
As in every industry, cloud computing too has given rise to specialized MSPs, who can offer industry specific, highly-informed consultancy. For instance, there are MSPs who can offer expert guidance to media and entertainment companies on streaming technologies such as AWS Elemental. Then there are MSPs who can assist businesses in the gaming industry. There are also MSPs who with AWS competencies in Healthcare and Life Sciences, who can help businesses in this areas to manage and optimize their AWS environments.
The world of cloud computing is a complex and ever-changing ecosystem. But with the right Managed Services Provider in your corner, you can stay ahead of the curve, while your organizations reaps the rewards that come with next-gen technologies.
As an independent consultant and partner to the leading cloud providers, Teleglobal is well positioned to help you make the most of the many advantages AWS has to offer.
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