Next Generation MSP: Optimization

Next Generation MSP: Optimization

During the past nine years of delivering cloud solutions to government and industry, our team 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

  1. Evaluation
  2. Automation
  3. Optimization
  4. Monitoring
  5. Integration

We previously discussed the Evaluation and Automation phases as part of the MSP process. In this blog – the third in a series of five on Next Generation MSP (NG-MSP) – we’ll touch on Optimization, a critical component of a successful MSP strategy from both performances as well as a cost perspective. Optimization considers leftover infrastructure from “lift and shift” migration models and keeping abreast of best practices in instance usage, including right-sizing and auto-scaling.

Infrastructure alone isn’t always the full story as licensing plays a large driver in business cases given existing investments or necessary upcoming requirements. This ability to go beyond infrastructure and into a holistic optimization discussion is an area where Effectual continues to provide value. NG-MSP may include an ability to transition from licensed databases to license-included database technologies. Cost savings from reducing or eliminating redundant storage in favor of fault-tolerant architectures is another step forward from a performance and fiscal perspective. It’s also an opportunity to evaluate deployment models to take advantage of microservices.

The cloud-first NG-MSP optimization component continues to focus on

  • Minimal cloud footprint to meet business requirements
  • Proper scaling architectures to serve growth and demand
  • Microservice utilization where appropriate
  • Built-in security monitoring through tools such as CloudCheckr
  • Custom NG-MSP delivery models to meet organizational and compliance requirements
  • Change management through scripting to ensure efficient deployment

We’ve done this long enough to know that NG-MSP models cannot be a one-size-fits-all proposition, which is why optimizing as much as possible within an environment will allow efficient operation from both a performance and cost perspective.

We stand ready to support your organization’s cloud environment with our NG-MSP services. To discuss options, please reach out to