The evolution of MSP started in the 1990s with the emergence of application service providers (ASPs) who helped pave the way for remote support for IT infrastructure. From the initial focus of remote monitoring and management of servers and networks, the scope of an MSP's services expanded to include mobile device management, managed security, remote firewall administration and security-as-a-service, and managed print services. Around 2005, Karl W. Palachuk, Amy Luby (Founder of Managed Service Provider Services Network acquired by High Street Technology Ventures), and Erick Simpson (Managed Services Provider University) were the first advocates and the pioneers of the managed services business model.
The commoditization of basic managed services has compelled managed services providers to differentiate their offerings. One popular direction is managed security services. Customers increasingly demand IT security assistance from their service providers. Accordingly, services providers are developing managed security services practices or partnering with security vendors to provide cybersecurity services.
In a managed service arrangement, the managed service provider retains responsibility for the functionality of the IT service and equipment, and the customer typically pays a monthly fee for receipt of the service. There are many different types of managed IT service offerings, but the idea behind all of them is to transfer the burden of maintaining IT from the customer to a service provider. In an effective managed services relationship, a customer benefits from predictable pricing and the ability to focus on core business concerns rather than IT management chores.
Meritech is an office technology provider that offers personalized, cost-effective solutions for the management, maintenance, and enhancement of business environments. Meritech hires the best and most skilled individuals in handling, sustaining, and improving the customer experience. Meritech helps companies identify threats and opportunities within their networks in order to reduce risk, manage costs, and increase productivity
Having a secure and properly maintained network is critical to your business operations. We provide network security that includes router and firewall configuration, managed switch installation, wireless access point deployment, as well as data and voice network cabling. Properly securing your network involves sophisticated security testing and hardening to protect your data and your user’s privacy.
This act of lowering your IT expenses for your business operations allows you to conserve your capital because you are taking advantage of a model that is subscription-based. The subscription-based model allows your business to pay only for the services you need on an annual or monthly basis, giving you more control over your IT budget. This gives you the freedom to scale back if business gets tough or ramp up if you have a big project or new IT component that needs to be implemented straight away.
The easy answer to this question is essentially any business owner. A lot of times it’s hard to rely on just one in-house IT employee. That one person is just inherently more limited in what they can provide for your business. It’s hard to find that one person who is an expert in every aspect of IT and IT services. Because there are so many moving parts, and so many aspects of keeping your business secure, having a team of experts that are dedicated to handling these issues will be more beneficial.
Indeed! Cybersecurity is not a commodity among service providers. One is not necessarily like unto another. Some MSPs have robust and mature cybersecurity controls while others are lackluster. It is imperitive that the client ask questions to their MSP to better understand their capabilities. Because, as you said -- they inherit the security of their service providers.
From the above, it is clear that a managed service provider does not just help with technology adoption. They also help to monitor the ongoing spending and lessen the danger of introducing new technologies. While the market is already witnessing an increase in capital spending on the cloud and businesses managing IT services, it is evolving by itself.