Questions to ask yourself before hiring an Azure MSP
The technological era is full of new concepts and innovations helping businesses to operate at ease and make profits. One such technology is cloud computing and it is ruling the IT industry at present. This cloud technology helps businesses to migrate all of their operations to virtual space using the internet and data centers. So, the need for enormous infrastructure is reduced and you can migrate your infrastructure itself to the cloud. There are numerous cloud platforms to help you. Azure is the widely used cloud computing platform for efficient business operations. If you wish to use the Azure platform, you should hire an Azure managed services provider. However, not all businesses will need Azure services and you may have certain doubts before hiring one. So, it is advisable to ask the following questions to yourself before making a decision.
Do we need Azure managed services?
Your business size may vary from all those companies using Azure and your requirements may be different. So, it is necessary to ask yourself whether there is a need for outsourcing managed services. If you get a strong yes as the answer, you can proceed with your search for such a provider.
Can we afford the managed services?
Usually, it is costly to manage the Azure operations in-house than it is to outsource it to a professional MSP. However, most people do not recognize this. You may end up with a service provider who charges you more. But most will charge optimally. It is advisable to check the pricing for such services and ask yourself whether you can afford them.
How could I exit from the partnership?
If you are working with an Azure managed services provider, you will decide to end the partnership at any point in the future regardless of the reasons. However, you cannot end it randomly without going through some necessary formalities. You can identify these formalities of mutual exit from the partnership with a managed services provider on the service agreement signed during your initial contract. You should act according to this agreement.
What services will I need?
Azure is a wider cloud platform offering almost all cloud services. However, you need not explore all of these services for your business as the majority will not be relevant. So, you should know the different services you want beforehand. Only then you can search for the right MSP who offers them.