In the beginning there was the lone systems administrator.
He (for it was almost always a he) drank a lot of coffee, played a lot of PC games in the office, and knew all those arcane command line incantations to make your infrastructure work.
Problem is, he was a single point of failure, being the only person who understood your system scripts and the ad-hoc and informal ways in which your servers where setup.
So you upgraded to a small IT team — with a dedicated database administrator and all.
Only instead of increased agility you got the opposite: a server configuration that your old admin would have completed in minutes now took days, as your IT people went back and forth, delegating the change to one another or refusing it altogether unless it was done in some bureaucratic manner.
DevOps was surely an improvement.
Suddenly all those ad-hoc or bureaucratic IT procedures were formalised, automated and monitored. You could setup a new server in a few minutes and even keep tabs on its health.
But as your needs grow, you are beginning to doubt DevOps is the final solution. For one, it takes a lot of time from your IT team. Instead of creating new software and services that add value to your business, they have a nearly full-time job of keeping your infrastructure running.
Sure, modern DevOps practices make all these things easier, but why does your company have to spend so much time on such low level concerns the first place?
You know what? It’s doesn’t.
Between SaaS and IaaS, Big Data and AI, continuous deployment and micro-services, public APIs and Cloud services, sharding and replication, containers and orchestration, and all the rest, backend systems are getting too complex and too evolved for a company who’s main focus is not DevOps to manage efficiently.
Besides, if more and more of your systems are remote, e.g. in AWS and Azure, what sense does it make to keep a large local team handling them and setting them up?
And if they aren’t, what sense does it make to keep those systems locally run and maintained, in an era when even the biggest industry giants place their trust in external services?
Enter Managed Services.
With Managed Services you get all the experience and assurance of using an 100% focused DevOps team, but without burdening your company and your IT department.
Managed Services commoditise services and servers provision and maintenance in the same way that services like AWS or the Google Compute Engine commoditise infrastructure, but with more flexibility and far greater control that a take-it-as-it-is Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.
At Stackmasters we believe that the Managed Services model is a perfect fit for the modern enterprise and organisation that wants to increase its IT reliability and efficiency and reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs.
Reliability and efficiency are ensured by having a dedicated, 100% focused DevOps team manage your services: almost any issue or challenge an in-house DevOps team might face, Stackmasters’ experts have already encountered and solved for dozens of our other customers.
And by freeing your IT staff from DevOps work, they will be finally able to concentrate on software development tasks and service improvements that actually contribute to your bottom line.
Of course, your IT guys and gals are always welcome to discuss and collaborate with our Managed Services team so that any infrastructure change or addition is done according to their precise specifications and needs. They retain all control — they are just spared of the grunt work.
So, yeah, DevOps are nice and all, but wouldn’t it better if you could just have someone perform them for you on demand? Well, Stackmasters is that someone.
Read more about our Managed DevOps solutions and get ready to enjoy infrastructure on tap.