Managed IT services heralded a proactive approach to IT, attempting to conduct maintenance, upgrades, system monitoring and issue resolution on a routine basis, with the goal of preventing problems before they started. Automation, increased Internet capabilities and cloud computing allowed for monitoring and issue resolution to be provided remotely, enabling more efficient processes and a consolidation of resources.
At the outset of enterprise computing, information technology services and management was on a break/fix basis, meaning that computer systems were only managed by an expert when they did not work, necessitating a technician to fix it. This technician may also have been the person who built and/or installed the computer system, due to the proliferation of small IT shops that specialized in this small-scale client services at the time.
Rackspace acquired Datapipe and incorporated it into its operations in November 2017. It has built a framework of professional and managed IT services revolving around several key industries, including: healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance and media. Rackspace specializes in solutions by industry as well as by the type of business and IT challenge. These fit within domain expertise in e-commerce, database management, business intelligence and other areas. The company has established key partnerships with several key technology companies. These include: Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and SAP.
Managed services providers (MSPs) deliver a wide array of IT and cloud computing services on a contract or subscription basis. Today’s top managed service provides typically work though the cloud, managing hardware and software and operations. The handle deployments ranging from multicloud to hybrid cloud to private cloud to the datacenter – often in combination.
DXC offers expertise for different industries and sectors as well as in key domain areas, including analytics, cloud and platform services, Internet of Things, and application services. A key offering is DXC Bionix, an approach built on intelligent automation at scale. It incorporates AI, lean process methodologies and an extensive partner network to automate workflows and improve response times, accuracy and standardization. DXC is heavily focused on emerging technologies, including blockchain, IoT, robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Managed IT services allow businesses to delegate their IT operations to an expert third-party organization that specializes in handling these responsibilities. These third-party organizations, known as Managed Service Providers (MSPs), are responsible for the entirety or portions of a business’ IT systems, as agreed upon in a Service Level Agreement (SLA). IT equipment is typically procured by the client, and depending on the SLA, Managed Service Providers may provide round-the-clock monitoring, issue resolution and reporting, and more.