Matt Jordan

Next Generation MSP: Monitoring

By: Matt Jordan, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development

During the past nine years of delivering cloud solutions to government and industry, JHC Technology has identified a gap in the delivery of Managed Service Provider (MSP) solutions in a cloud environment. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner with the DevOps, Government, and Non-Profit competencies, as well as the GovCloud Skill Partner Status, there are few workloads that we haven’t helped customers migrate and manage in a cloud environment. We also deliver these solutions through Microsoft Azure, where we are a Silver Cloud Partner. Our focus with MSP is around a structured, repeatable, five-step MSP process:

Evaluation >  Automation >  Optimization >  Monitoring >  Integration

We previously discussed the Evaluation, Automation, and Optimization phases as part of the MSP process. In this blog – the fourth in a series of five on Next Generation MSP (NG-MSP) – we’ll touch on Monitoring, a critical component of a successful MSP strategy from a visibility perspective. Appropriate monitoring of infrastructure as part of our NG-MSP strategy affords both JHC Technology and our clients the ability to be proactive in measures by collecting, analyzing, and acting on information efficiently.

Further, as we develop a custom NG-MSP playbook for our customer, we’re going to look at where we can integrate with existing Security or Network Operations Center. For us, we don’t see NG-MSP as a one-size fits all model, which is a spot where many traditional MSP providers, even cloud MSP providers, miss the mark.

Proper cloud-first, NG-MSP monitoring must focus on:

• Adherence to cost and best practices, including tooling from industry leaders such as CloudCheckr
• The proper configuration and performance of services such as AWS’s CloudWatch
• Incorporating logging tools such as AWS CloudTrail
• Analyzing logs through native cloud services such as AWS’s Macie or third-party tools such as Splunk.

We’ve done this long enough to know that NG-MSP models cannot be a one-size fits all proposition, which is why taking an aggressive stance on Monitoring by JHC Technology will support the proper management and maintenance based on the custom requirements necessary for each of our clients.

JHC Technology stands ready to support your organization’s cloud environment with our NG-MSP services. To discuss options, please reach out to sales@jhctechnology.com.

Matt Jordan is Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, at JHC Technology and a Certified AWS Solution Architect. Connect with him at mjordan@jhctechnology.com or through LinkedIn and Twitter.

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