What Are Managed Cloud Services?
Managed cloud services are services that offer partial or complete management of a client’s cloud resources or infrastructure. Management responsibilities can include migration, configuration, optimization, security, and maintenance. These services are designed to enable organizations to maximize benefits from cloud services while minimizing internal time and costs.
You can access managed cloud services for public, private, and hybrid clouds at any point in the cloud adoption lifecycle. Often, organizations will contract for services before migration to gain help determining which cloud resources best suit their needs and to ensure that configuration is performed correctly.
What Is a Managed Cloud Service Provider (MCSP)
An MCSP is a vendor that offers managed cloud services. These managed cloud providers could be directly connected to the cloud resources that you are using or a third-party operator. Managed cloud providers typically offer subscription offerings for a wide range of services. Managed cloud service providers can serve as a replacement for in-house cloud IT or as a supplement to in-house teams.
Pros and Cons of Cloud Managed Services Providers
Pros of MCSPs
- Resource optimization
- Integrating cloud services
- Flat, predictable spending
Cons of MCSPs
- High cost
- Optimization at the expense of performance
- Multi-tenancy raises security and privacy risks
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