What is an AWS managed service provider?

In this post were going to go over what an AWS managed service provider (also known as an AWS MSP) is as well as what kind of value an AWS MSP can add to your business.

Lets start this article off with explanation of what an AWS managed service provider is. An MSP provides managed services, in our case managed cloud. There are many benefits to hiring an MSP such as a lower service costs, lower cost of support, professional quality infrastructure build out and maintenance, 24/7 monitoring, and more which I will cover below.

Cost Benefits of Hiring an AWS MSP

So now that you have an understanding of what an AWS managed service provider is, lets look at some of the ways they can actually save you money in the long run.

I will begin with a quick list of how you can save on your personnel costs by leveraging an AWS managed service provider:

  • You don’t have to hire as many engineers internally.
  • You gain access to a variety of experts in the field you need help with.
  • Hiring a single dedicated cloud engineer can cost upwards of 10 times as much by comparison with the average cloud engineer salary ranging from 60-140k annually (plus benefits).

Additionally, cost optimization is also typically part of the package (or an available bonus feature), which usually drastically lowers your actual infrastructure bill.

Cost optimization involves professionally reviewing your infrastructure to make sure you aren’t over paying for under utilized resources, are using proper life-cycle rules, and more. This alone can sometimes make up for the total cost of service depending on the size of your account and which MSP you are doing business with.

AWS MSP

AWS Managed Service Provider Pricing

Most AWS MSPs have various flexible pricing models that fit a variety of needs and scopes. Whether you are just getting started or you are already in the cloud but looking for help with managing your environments, you can rest assured that there is a pricing model that works for your needs.

Typically managed service providers charge either a flat fee, per device, or a combination of the two. This is intended to make it easy to scale up as you grow while allowing you to start with only a handful of devices (one example of a device would be an EC2 instance or server).

A Great Resource For Getting Started

Something to keep in mind whether you have been in business for a while and are looking to migrate into the cloud or simply starting something new is that the cloud can be complicated. AWS has over 175 products and services today, and that is just AWS. But wait there’s more, on top of all the actual cloud services, there are servers and applications to maintain as well!

While it’s not impossible to begin your cloud journey alone, having an experienced team supporting you can make a huge difference. AWS managed service providers hire experienced engineers that have likely already been through the issues you may be facing countless times and are able to quickly and successfully navigate you through to a solution.

AWS Managed Service

Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed this article!


Need some help? We offer a great low cost managed cloud service that takes care of all the AWS technical details, cost optimization, as well as provides monitoring/alerting. If interested, take a look at our managed cloud service!


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