IT Strategy and Infrastructure

Marissa Explains IT All: Managed Solutions vs. Outright Purchases

When it comes to managing your hardware and software, you have a few different options. You can outright purchase everything on your own, or you can go through a managed service provider.

There are a few pros and cons that come along with both options. Check out Marissa’s 60-second explanation below to learn more.

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Marissa Explains IT All: Episode 10

Managed Solutions vs. Outright Purchases


“Instead of purchasing hardware or software outright, you can get a managed service provider to provide a managed piece of equipment, which is essentially where the MSP owns the hardware and they rent it back to you.

This is commonly firewalls, antivirus solutions, or switches. The benefit is that the expert provider implements, manages, updates, and owns the hardware. Should it become broken or outdated, the provider is held responsible for it, instead of the responsibility falling on you.

The con is price. Typically it’s more expensive than purchasing outright, but there is a premium attached to the insurance that you get for having the firewall or antivirus provided by your managed service provider.”

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