F5’s solutions have made it possible for organizations to empower their teams, respond to changing demands, and accelerate their business. However, many companies with F5 equipment don’t have the expertise or staff onsite to monitor and manage the environment themselves. And they may not recognize that they need help until it is too late.
But how do you know if it’s time to move to managed F5 services?
3 Signs You Can Benefit from a Managed Services Model
1. You Have a Lack of or Limited Expertise Available
Most companies don’t have the in-house expertise needed to effectively get the most out of their F5 units 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Hiring an in-house dedicated F5 expert full-time can be too costly for some organizations. Even if a company has current staff with F5 knowledge and experience, these team members may be limited in their knowledge or have to wear many different hats, which means their attention is pulled in multiple directions at once. If you do not have the expertise in-house to effectively monitor your networks around-the-clock, you may need some help from a managed services provider.
2. You Don’t Have a Clear Update Management Strategy
Just because you have updates available does not mean that you should necessarily perform these updates. It’s important to have a clear update management strategy in place to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your F5 devices without major disruptions to your day-to-day workflow. If you do not understand the impact or costs involved with certain updates, it may be time to consult with F5 experts to help you more effectively manage your device updates.
3. You Don’t Have Enough Employees for Safe PTO
Even if you do have a dedicated F5 engineer on your team, it’s important to remember that they still cannot monitor and manage your network without any time off. Though security threats never sleep, your engineers need to. Not to mention, they will also need to take PTO for sick days and vacation, leaving you with a gap in support. If you are not able to safely allow your F5 engineers to take this time, this is a sign that you need some additional support in managing your F5 environment.
How F5 Managed Services Can Help
If any of the above matches your situation, then working with an F5 managed services provider might be just the solution for your company. Here are a few of the most important ways that managed services can help your organization get more out of your F5 environment:
Support Your Lack of Expertise
If your team lacks F5 expertise, managed services can help provide the support you need to ensure that you are effectively managing your F5 environment. Whether you are waiting to hire, or you don’t have the resources, managed services can help provide continuous support in the meantime.
Allow You to Safely Cover for PTO
By utilizing a managed services provider, you can allow your F5 engineers to take time off without the fear of becoming vulnerable to threats while they are away. A managed services provider seamlessly supplies continued monitoring and management for when team members need to take a vacation, use a sick day, or transition into a new role.
Support Maintenance Windows
Even if you have technical resources in place, they still need to sleep. And, if you’re like most companies, your maintenance windows occur on nights and weekends when your engineers would usually be off work. F5 Managed Services supports these maintenance windows on their behalf, so that they can come back to work fresh and ready to support your business.
Enable Your Company to Be More Proactive
When you invest in F5 managed services, you are investing in your ability to maximize your technology. With an expert monitoring your network closely, you have the peace of mind in knowing that someone with F5 expertise is there to take proactive measures to keep your network safe. Additionally, they will be able to identify issues early on and respond to and manage any problem, no matter when it occurs.
Partnering with an organization that provides managed F5 services can help you get more out of your cloud infrastructure by giving you the support you need. In addition to maximizing your investment, ADAPTURE can also help you reduce risk and free up time to focus on other core tasks.
You already have the right tools for the job. Now it’s time to maximize them.
Contact ADAPTURE today to find out how F5 managed services can support your organization.