Top benefits of managed IT services for SMBs

Zack Nimtz

As technology evolves, it can be costly to employ personnel with the level of skill and acumen needed to maintain an organization's entire infrastructure. Managed Service Providers (MSP) take on many of the maintenance-related duties regarding networks and systems for business.

It's popularity can be attributed to the many benefits it carries for small and midsize business, and has resulted in exponential growth in the managed services market. In fact, according to MarketsandMarkets, the managed IT services market will be worth $50.83 billion by 2019.

Below, we've uncovered the primary benefits of outsourcing managed IT services for SMBs:

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Topics: IT Services, Reduce Costs, Managed Services

5 best practices for virtualization

Zack Nimtz

One of the biggest benefits driving virtualization is the ability to save organizations' money on infrastructure costs. According to a report from TechNavio, the global virtualization and cloud management software market was worth $11.24 billion in 2014, and analysts expect it to increase to $22.42 billion by 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 14.81 percent.

Is your organization considering the transition to a virtual environment? Below we've compiled a list of five best practices for virtualization to help you get started:

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Topics: Cloud Services, IT Services

Physical servers vs. cloud servers - which should your company use?

Zack Nimtz

As more businesses transition to the cloud, questions persist about the benefits of a cloud environment compared to physical servers. It's important for IT managers of small businesses to understand the difference between the two and how each could affect your current organization's infrastructure.

Below is a breakdown of cloud verses physical environments to help you decide which solution is best for your organization:

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, IT Services, Managed Network Services

Is Office 365 a sound investment for SMBs?

Zack Nimtz

Office 365 is Microsoft's cloud productivity suite hosted on its Azure platform. The most commonly stated benefits of migrating to Microsoft's cloud solutions are increased productivity with universal access across devices, better business intelligence and reporting, enterprise-level security, and improved cost control for technology. To many SMBs, the benefits sound too good to be true so, in late 2014, Forrester Research conducted a study on the Total Economic Impact of Office 365.

The study was aimed to provide readers with a cost vs. benefit analysis that evaluates future technology, business flexibility, and associated risk. Forrester looked at five key areas to discern the true value to business. Those areas included Technology, Mobility, Business Intelligence, Control and Compliance, and Enterprise Social.

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Topics: Cloud Services, IT Services, Reduce Costs, Office 365

Make the most of tight IT budgets

Zack Nimtz

Although the strategic value of technology is on the rise, IT budgets are at a stand-still. As a result, CIOs must be smarter about how they allocate their spend. Since 2012, IT budget growth has consistently come up short of leading research firm Gartner's expectations.

Gartner forecasted only a 2.4 percent year-over-year increase in global IT spending in 2015, which is actually down from earlier projections of 3.9 percent growth. This is likely due to a challenging market as well as increased competition for relatively low-priced but highly capable assets such as tablets.

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Topics: Cloud Services, IT Services, Reduce Costs