This holiday season, there are many reasons for businesses to be thankful for managed service providers that offer cloud solutions, especially when it comes to application development.

Whether for enterprises or small companies, MSPs can leverage and maximize efficiencies achieved by the cloud through several ways – namely because providing effective solutions is the essence of their business.

Smaller organizations, which may have few infrastructure-specific employees, have come to rely on outsourcing product and development roles to third-party vendors in order to improve the development cycle and vigor of value-added features, according to Logicworks​'s Jake Gardner.

"This makes a lot of sense, especially when provisioning cloud-based infrastructure has never been easier," Gardner wrote. "Yet, even with outsourced infrastructure, the actual responsibility of managing the more traditional parts of IT fall on the development staff."

In response to the differences in product development within infrastructure management and an IT staff that may not have adequate infrastructure knowledge or expertise, more organizations are utilizing MSPs to offload complex tasks. This not only helps reduce the strain on businesses, but partnering with the right vendor can help improve and spur application innovation.

How cloud service providers can benefit application development
The level of expertise achieved by cloud service providers is unlike what many businesses are able to replicate on their own. While large enterprises might have the necessary IT professionals in house to provision cloud platforms like infrastructure-as-a-service, for many others, the daunting demands of migrating from traditional, physical infrastructure to a virtual environment in the cloud is enough to turn off decision-makers. However, cloud service providers such as Peak have formed partnerships with firms that offer cloud migration software-as-a-service that transform a traditionally tedious task into a completely automated, hands-off process.

Expertise afforded by some MSPs does not stop at technical, tangible solutions. They also offer superior insight and knowledge that's needed to push a company's cloud to the next level.

"A managed solution has to support many kinds of websites and applications, which means they have a sense of the full scope of the project from macro to micro," noted Gardner. "They can then recommend best steps to achieve fuller optimization of resources supporting an app."

One of the most appreciated benefits organizations have come to enjoy is that cloud management is external to a business. Without having to invest in expensive technology to support cloud initiatives internally, companies free up resources that can either be allocated elsewhere or put toward supporting further application development. With technical management outsourced to a third party, businesses can significantly reduce both CapEx and OpEx costs.

MSPs are also more effective at monitoring the performance of cloud infrastructure that supports certain applications, which is largely because in-house IT staff are often distracted by other responsibilities. If a issue is identified, cloud vendors can quickly provide a fix.

In the end, partnering with cloud service providers will ultimately help businesses boost efficiencies in the cloud. Aside from ensuring that organizations will meet their requirements, they often pave the way to exceed expectations.

"Where application development is concerned, to remain competitive in terms of building an optimized infrastructure that can support new feature [rollouts] and potential scalability, you need to gain control of how the infrastructure works to support your app," concluded Gardner.