As the Cloud Evolves, Managed Service Providers Evolve Too
GigaOM’s Ashar Baig presented an alarming forecast for managed services providers (MSPs) at HostingCon 2014: MSPs must adapt to new technologies and trends, or go out of business.
As cloud services grow, MSPs must adapt and bundle their own cloud services. MSPs are now tasked with cloud bundling, including “backup, virtual disaster recovery and proactive networking monitoring.” Some growing areas in cloud services are big data, mobile, systems management, and security.
Baig observes that MSPs are providing “higher value services because it is easier to sell disaster recovery instead of data backup.” He contends that the future of cloud services is hybrid clouds, with “55 percent of MSPs offering hybrid or multi-cloud services in the next 2-3 years.”