It is not surprising to see businesses relying more and more on IT and IT infrastructure these days. The resources and benefits offered by good IT infrastructure can transform businesses, increase business agility, and enhance their ability to adapt to market changes. Without robust IT infrastructure, it is difficult for organizations to keep up with the challenges of today’s market.In the light of the varied and highly fluid technology options and issues around—such as ever-increasing hardware maintenance costs and rising security threats—many companies are moving towards managed IT services and away from in-house Infrastructure maintenance.Of course, migrating to a more robust IT infrastructure is both clear and utterly complex at the same time. It is admittedly more simple now that there are definite paths to take—either to optimize a regular MSP or to migrate to the cloud—and methods to implement along the way. At the same time, you have more options to choose from and different IT infrastructure configurations to opt for which starts to increase the complexity. Plus, the technical challenges will make the migration more complicated.Managed IT service providers act as the bridge between businesses and cloud implementation. Without having to set up an in-house IT team, businesses can fully benefit from cloud computing in a relatively short amount of time. The challenge now is choosing the right managed service provider to work with.

Traditional MSPs and AWS Managed Service Provider Partner Program

When it comes to top managed service providers or MSPs, you have a lot to choose from. Top names are now taking a more proactive approach to IT migration. These companies, like Ibexlabs, integrate migration-related services to their lineups.At the same time, Amazon has introduced its own AWS Managed Service Provider Partner Program, complete with similar integration and migration services to help businesses utilize the AWS ecosystem without hassle. The two may seem comparable, but there are basic differences between traditional MSPs and cloud-based MSPs like AWS Next-Generation Managed Service Providers.Before we get to those differences, however, we need to review the basic benefits of working with cloud-based MSPs, starting with the fact that you don’t have to be an expert in cloud infrastructure—or have a team of IT specialists to handle the migration—to move business operations to the cloud. This lowers the entry barrier substantially. For more information on working with managed service providers, check out this article here.That simplicity leads to better migration of on-premise solutions to an environment with better accessibility. While traditional MSPs still rely heavily on centralized data centers, the process of moving on-premise solutions to boost its accessibility remains the same. Once the migration process is completed, team members can access business solutions from remote terminals.

The Case for AWS Next-Generation Managed Service Providers

Traditional MSPs have their benefits, but cloud managed services are the way forward. In this case, AWS Next-Generation Managed Service Providers have some clear advantages over traditional MSPs, starting with simplicity. While moving to AWS on your own is a hassle, having an entire team of AWS experts assisting you with everything from server setup to limited refactoring makes the whole thing simpler.That last part—limited refactoring as a service—comes with its own advantages. Rather than moving older solutions to the cloud as big blocks, AWS Managed Services allows you to begin adjusting your solutions to fully take advantage of cloud computing from the moment you decide to move to the cloud. No more headaches to deal with along the way.Researched conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of AWS returned an in-depth Total Economic Impact (TEI) study that demonstrated the extensive return on investment companies realized through working with APN Partners. AWS MSP Partners have a much deeper understanding of their client’s environments, and as such, they are able to predict things before issues even arise. AWS Next-Generation Managed Service Providers can be even more proactive than traditional MSPs too and are capable of thoroughly optimizing AWS services and customer experiences further up the stack too. Forrester’s interviews demonstrated that successful next-generation MSPs provided an ideal blend of professional and managed services as well as resale and business support services, complementary third-party application sales, and value-add IP sales too.There is also the fact that the entire AWS ecosystem is designed to be highly available from the ground up. Server issues are a thing of the past with Amazon Web Services. Your cloud environment can have multiple redundancies, a comprehensive backup solution, and other high-availability features.Speed is another advantage to gain when you use AWS Managed Services. I’m not just talking about the speed at which the migration process gets completed either. AWS allows you to have instances closer to your users, which means users can enjoy a faster, more fluid business tools and solutions that run completely in the cloud.Even changes and future updates are easier to handle. With the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach of AWS, everything is only a runtime away. Need to migrate to a different region? There is an automated process for that. Do you want to add a spurt of processing power for a very short period? Need to add additional EC2 instances for new business tools? Simply deploy one in your cloud environment. Need to add new functionality with new technology that you aren’t familiar with yet? A cloud MSP can easily procure it for you from AWS Services or the AWS Marketplace and leverage it for you in a very short time. The right cloud MSP will then teach you how to use new services and tech too.

The Time to Move

There is no better time to migrate to the cloud than right now, and there are two important reasons for that. Today’s market challenges are best solved with the power of cloud computing at your fingertips, which makes moving business operations to the cloud a great investment to make.The second reason is the fact that moving to the cloud is now easy with AWS Next-Generation Managed Service Providers and other cloud MSPs taking the headaches out of the migration process. The boost in agility and the long list of benefits you can get from cloud computing make today the best time to migrate. Oh, and have we mentioned how affordable cloud managed services are today?Ibexlabs is an experienced DevOps & Managed Services provider and an AWS consulting partner. Our AWS Certified DevOps consultancy team evaluates your infrastructure and make recommendations based on your individual business or personal requirements. Contact us today and set up a free consultation to discuss a custom-built solution tailored just for you.