By Justin Crotty, senior VP and GM, NetEnrich, Inc.
The benefits and complexity surrounding cloud computing are driving businesses of all sizes to tap the expertise of MSPs and VARs. This is great news for the IT channel — but, where this opportunity starts to fall apart is in the migration to the cloud, and the execution and ongoing management of the new, and complex hybrid IT environments.
One of the biggest obstacles MSPs and VARs face when moving businesses to the cloud (in part or entirely), and then managing the infrastructure, is the “Do-it-Yourself” mentality. Many people figure it must be easier to build these capabilities rather than buy them. For some, this may hold true, but for most, the better answer is to partner with those providers who have made the management of complex IT environments — from on-premise to cloud and SMB to enterprise — their business.
Consider this. If you were faced with a serious illness or life-threatening situation, you would consult a physician or head for the local emergency room where trained experts would be able to save your life. Likewise, if you needed major surgery you would consult with a qualified surgeon who specialized in whatever procedure was required. Why learn the hard way that it is pretty difficult to do it yourself when trained experts are available to help?
The same is true for modern IT. Nine times out of ten, MSPs and VARs who set out to develop their own capacity for complex IT infrastructure management learn the hard way that partnership is the better option. More often than not, they will find that the increased operational expenses and diminished ROI associated with DIY, ended up costing them more in the long run.
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