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Managed IT

What is Managed IT?

Managed IT is when a business chooses to outsourcing their IT infrastructure, support, services, and systems to a third-party provider, known as a Managed Service Provider (MSP).

In a managed IT arrangement, the MSP takes on the role of overseeing and managing various aspects of the client’s IT environment, providing proactive support, and ensuring the smooth operation of IT systems.

What are the core elements of a managed IT service?

Proactive Monitoring

MSPs continuously monitor the client’s IT infrastructure, networks, and systems to identify and address potential issues before they escalate into problems.

Remote Management

Many IT tasks, such as software updates, security patches, and system configurations, can be performed remotely by the MSP, reducing the need for on-site interventions.

Technical Support

Managed IT services often include a help desk or support team that provides assistance to end-users, addressing IT-related concerns, troubleshooting issues, and offering technical guidance.

Security Management

MSPs implement and manage security measures to protect the organisation’s IT assets from cyber threats. This includes antivirus software, firewalls, intrusion detection, and other security protocols.

Data Backup and Recovery

Managed IT services typically include regular data backups and recovery solutions to safeguard critical information and ensure business continuity in case of data loss or system failures.


As businesses grow or experience changes, managed IT services can easily scale to accommodate evolving IT requirements, such as additional users, devices, or applications.

Strategic IT Planning

MSPs work collaboratively with clients to develop and execute an IT strategy aligned with organisational goals, ensuring that technology supports business objectives.

Cost Predictability

Managed IT services often follow a subscription or fixed-fee model, providing clients with predictable costs and eliminating unexpected expenses associated with IT issues.

By choosing managed IT services, organisations benefit from specialist IT expertise, improve their operational efficiency, enhance security, and focus on their core business activities while leaving the management of IT infrastructure to a dedicated team of IT Engineers and IT Consultants.

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