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.
As a business owner, you may be aware of the need to stay current with technology trends in your business. However, you may not have the expertise, time, resources, or knowledge to manage and integrate the relevant technology into your business operations and processes. If you find yourself in this predicament, then you should take advantage of the managed IT services and support offered by NexusTek.
2020 has seen a steady and continued trend of continued attacks against MSPs. Unfortunately for many SMBs, they have been brought into a new reality: They are included as victims by inheritance through their use of MSPs, often through no fault of their own. These SMBs are stuck in an ultimate catch-22. As they are far too small to effectively invest in their own IT management, partnering with an MSP makes sense. Yet this partnership can be fraught with new risks, many of which the SMB sector itself doesn't fully recognize.
The Plano, Texas-based firm is a relatively new player in the services space. It was formed in 2017 following the merger of CSC and HPE’s Enterprise Services division. The company offers end-to-end IT services and managed services in over 70 countries. The focus is heavily on integrating the cloud, analytics and mobility to unleash innovation and change.
The company integrates its Mode 1-2-3 methodology with a broad array of products and services. The goal is to build a framework for digital growth. As organizations move into Mode 2 and Mode 3, they’re equipped to benefit from more advanced capabilities, including cloud native services, IoT, robotics, deep learning, cognitive computing and neural networks. HCL’s approach span several domains, including IT operations, application delivery, business processes, security and Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS).
KDG was hired by a liberal arts college to redo the client's website using WordPress and create a mobile site. KDG supplied the client with full design, development, and hosting services, even as it continues to monitor and maintain both websites. KDG's work awarded its client a B+/A by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, and the website would have earned higher marks but for budgetary constraints.
IBM has embraced an array of emerging technologies that help organizations build highly integrated and innovative technology platforms that support next-generation capabilities. It focuses heavily on AI, blockchain, IoT, cloud and advanced analytics, including machine learning. The company has taken a lead position in the development of quantum computing frameworks. Although these systems remain in a beta phase for now, IBM R&D is moving the technology from the lab to commercial viability. IBM remains a leader in IT services. It offers a broad array of platforms and services directly or through an MSP model that incorporates other leading tech vendors.
Chris Loehr — executive vice president of Solis Security, an incident response firm — has personally dealt with many of these MSP breaches. Speaking of GandCrab, Loehr says, "They certainly hit some MSPs in 2018, but the ransoms were relatively small: $10,000 to $25,000. In 2019, MSPs became more of a target, with increasing ransom demands and the threat actors leveraging MSP tools with greater efficiency to affect clients. GandCrab never required the MSP to pay up. It wasn't until GandCrab evolved into Sodinokibi in mid-2019 threat actors began to say: 'We ONLY want the MSP to pay. You can pay for ALL the customers or you get NOTHING at all.'"
However, managed IT services do not necessarily make the enterprise IT professional obsolete; for the end user, an IT professional can act as an endpoint liaison that manages the relationship, provides feedback and analyzes the reports provided by the MSP. Because the majority of routine work is being completed by the MSP, the IT professional is capable of greater efficiency and has the flexibility to tackle larger, more complex projects they would otherwise not have the time or capacity to take on.