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January 2, 2019
If your business has been searching for a way to outsource your IT to a third party, you’ve probably heard a lot of terms thrown at you that sound very similar. Two of these terms you’ve probably heard are managed service provider and cloud service provider. Each one says they will handle your IT and make sure you won’t have to worry about server maintenance or software updates again, so what’s the difference?
The difference is how your company’s data is being hosted. A cloud service provider uses, obviously, the cloud, which is a network of servers hosted on the internet. A more traditional managed service provider will host your data on a local server or personal computers. Either is a fine option if you find a reputable provider to work with, but the cloud has several distinct advantages.
A cloud service provider can easily implement additional security software and work applications to improve your company’s day-to-day. These services could include the network you’re surfing on, business tools such as Office365 that you access through the cloud or infrastructure.
You’ve probably already heard of the categories that these additional features fall under. For a quick refresher, they are:
While we’re on the subject of terminology, now is a good time to run through the different types of cloud that businesses can utilize. Yes, there are different clouds!
A managed service provider is particularly helpful to the small to medium sized insurance agency that cannot afford a full or part-time IT staff. Typically managed service providers offer this service as a subscription, which makes for a budgeted line item each month.
For more information on how the cloud can help your business, check out the TOSS C3 website or call us anytime at 1-888-884-8677.
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