Managed Services & IT Support

  • Guaranteed immediate responsiveness & resource availability

  • Cost control – fixed rates, Opex protection against cost blow-outs

  • Proactive IT management with SLA’s

  • IT Operations Management

  • IT Support & Systems Administration

  • Unlimited scope of works with unlimited hours

  • Monitoring & reporting

IT Managed Services
What Managed Services do we offer?
Our Approach
MSP vs FTE
Options & Charges
IT Support & Systems Administration
Monitoring & Reporting

IT Managed Services

Whether you’re looking for an IT business partner to manage all or part of your IT services or just looking for reliable, trustworthy systems engineers – we have the depth and breadth of technical expertise

Benefits of a managed services engagement:

  • Guaranteed immediate responsiveness & resource availability

  • Focus on preventative & proactive rather than remediation & reactive

  • “All you can eat” full service IT management with unlimited hours

  • Cost control – fixed rates, Opex protection against cost blow-outs

  • Unlimited scope of works for support, management & value add services

  • Assurance you will be prioritised as a VIP Managed Services customer with SLA’s

  • Significantly discounted rates for Cloud, Hosting, ISP & Voice services

What Services are included in a Managed Services engagement?

IT Operations Management

Experienced Cloud engineers to manage your Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud IaaS, including vendors, Datacentre, Cloud Servers & Applications

We deliver and maintain quality IT operations, reporting on key operational excellence metrics, including incident and problem management, service delivery, capacity management and key optimisation initiatives

Expertise with all aspects of Systems, Server and End User administration, support and maintenance … also see (link to IT Support & Systems Admin

Quality Network engineering covering LAN, WAN, ISP, VPN, WiFi, QoS, Remote Access, High Availability, Load Balancing, Routing, performance tuning and bandwidth & content management

Our Networks management includes monitoring, reporting, preventative maintenance, upgrades, capacity management

Expert Server engineers who proactively monitor, alert and report on essential hardware, hypervisor and server services including preventative maintenance

All aspects of Server performance optimisation, high availability clusters and all flavours of Linux and Windows Server operating systems

Management of all PC’s and end user services including PC security, performance tuning, refresh, upgrades, patching and maintenance

End user application support, application delivery, version controls, licensing management and software compliance

Internet service management and monitoring from guys who work at an ISP

Cloud PBX, VoIP and SIP trunk management of your Voice services from guys who work at a VoIP provider

We take ownership of your web and email hosting services, domain name registration and DNS record changes for your Internet services

Includes website changes, upgrades and patching, CMS and plug-in updates, website & web hosting performance, email account adds, moves and changes & spam protection

Owners of your backup Infrastructure including reporting, optimising, scheduling backups and restore testing, retention policy, archiving and offsite data management

Experienced MySQL & MS SQL database engineers to monitor, maintain and manage your mission critical database Infrastructure

End to end management of your web development and application development projects including functional requirements, UX and front end design, application security, performance and systems integration

IT Professional Services Management

Owners of IT strategic direction including creation and implementation of IT roadmaps, identification and implementation of cost out opportunities and IT risk mitigation – developing IT risk avoidance programmes and elimination of single points of failure

Additional strategic offerings include Compliance with PCI, licensing and audits, ITIL process management and LEAN / Six Sigma expertise and consultancy

Our Security Operations Management covers Cloud to the Desktop and includes Network, Perimeter & Firewall, IPS & IDS and Vulnerability scanning

Our Security Consultation includes current state risk assessment, developing security strategies and end user education

Our BC solutions include regular testing and optimisation of automated failover services & manual restore processes

We utilise best practice DR implementations to achieve customer RPO’s and RTO’s (recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives)

Managing your IT deployments, rolling out new systems or upgrades or implementing a new application … we’ve got years of Service Delivery expertise to ensure a smooth transition or integration

We have qualified project management staff to manage your IT project or programmes of work

Change control provides key stakeholders with visibility of the change including business impact and affected IT services, time frames, change owner, change implementers risks, rollback plans, communications plans, technical dependencies, technical tasks, sequence of events and overall professionalism and accountability for implementing IT changes

IT infrastructure and asset lifecycle programme management includes asset refresh, firmware upgrades, version controls, patching schedules and functionality enhancements for all hardware, platforms, appliances and toolsets

Vendors, including us need to be held to account … we can manage your multiple IT vendors providing 1 single point of ownership and accountability as well as being skilled at negotiation of IT Contracts and Services

Our Approach to a Managed Services Engagement

A typical Managed Services engagement includes the following summarised phases

Phase 1 – Define

Audit … current state assessment, tackling any immediate operational issues and defining operational effectiveness metrics from which we can be measured on goals and progress

Phase 2 – Measure / Analyse

Risk … identify IT risks, assess IT security posture, business continuity gaps and define success criteria

Assess … measure Infrastructure and systems performance capability and suitability
Document … develop IT service catalogue, IT service portfolio, capturing inventory, documenting IT processes and establishing key vendor relationships
Visibility … create proactive monitoring and alerting dashboards
Rhythm … establish operating rhythm, health checks, repeatable tasks and IT processes

Phase 3 – Improve

Roadmap … develop strategic IT roadmaps – based on business direction and management input

De-risk … risk mitigation initiatives – create business cases and project deliverables
Maintenance … develop an IT Lifecycle programme, maintenance activities, refresh, upgrade, patching cycles and asset management
Process improvement … deliver on IT simplification and IT process improvement initiatives

Phase 4 – Control

Review … monthly reviews with key stakeholders reporting on performance and deliverables

Report … develop reporting stack for Infrastructure health, IT support issues and requests and progress tracking on optimisation opportunities, project status and IT priorities

Managed Services Charges vs Full Time Employee Comparison

Whilst the market value for an intermediate systems engineer and a senior systems engineer command different salaries the reality is that most mid-size businesses require at least 2- 3 IT staff … this is dictated by skill-set requirements and not necessarily workload

IT has such a broad scope of service offerings these days so even the best engineers are only technically proficient in around 30 – 40% of IT … not their fault, it’s not humanly possible to skilled in all aspects of IT. Example – a strong systems engineer may know Servers, Storage and hardware very well but it’s very unlikely they’d also be skilled in VoIP, Cloud, Security or Networking and most certainly not have Development, managerial or IT strategy expertise

This scenario is like your GP doctor … they provide general support but make recommendations to specialists when more specialised expertise is required. It is for exactly this reason that enterprise IT teams are segmented into their own technical specialities and can include dozens or hundreds of staff

Partnering with us for IT Managed Services and Support solves this challenge … you get the full spectrum of technical, managerial and strategic expertise without the salaries of several in-house headcount. Additionally, the technical capabilities we provide is highly likely to exceed that of your in-house staff

Leveraging the value and expertise of a whole Managed Services team is the way to go as we assign specific ownership to those technically proficient in that area of expertise

Commercially, the full time employee’s option doesn’t stack up … but it is common that we partner with an existing IT department to fill those gaps where they don’t have the in-house expertise

Managed Services Options & Charges

VIP Unlimited

This is our recommended offering as it ensures you always have available IT resources when required and we take on full ownership for your IT operations

It provides committed SLA’s, the assurance you will be prioritised as a Managed Services customer and an “all you can eat” full service IT management incorporating all of the service offerings mentioned in the inclusions above

This option protects against Opex cost blow-outs and includes unlimited scope for support, maintenance and value add services

Managed Services customers also receive significantly discounted Cloud and Hosting services without any obligation to procure from us

Key Features

    • Immediate responsiveness, VIP priority support & guaranteed resource availability
    • Cost control … most cost effective offering with fixed rates, no onsite call out or after hour’s fees
    • Unlimited scope of works
    • 24/7 monitoring & support
    • Unlimited hours
    • Service Level Agreements

Blocks of Hours

Customers can draw down on a block of hours and top up as required

This offering is best suited for businesses without mission critical IT services or high support demands as it does not provide resource availability assurance and the other benefits detailed in the VIP Unlimited option

Block of Hours is still a very good approach for cost control and time sheets are regularly updated to provide an accurate account of your balance

Managed Services customers also receive significantly discounted Cloud and Hosting services without any obligation to procure from us

Key Features

    • Blocks of hours to use as required
    • Immediate responsiveness but no guaranteed resource availability

Time & Materials

Customers pay an hourly rate for time and materials charges as the title suggests

This option is best suited to ad hoc IT Support for businesses without mission critical IT services or high support demands as it does not provide resource availability assurance and the other benefits detailed in the VIP Unlimited option

Time & Materials is a great approach for smaller projects without significant complexity

The time and any materials required for a task is quoted in advance

Managed Services customers also receive significantly discounted Cloud and Hosting services without any obligation to procure from us

Key Features

    • IT Support as required
    • Immediate responsiveness but best effort resource availability

IT Operations Management

Our IT Operations Management is not all about break / fix – it’s about delivering and maintaining quality IT operations. It focuses on defining and reporting on operational excellence metrics including incident and problem management, capacity management and service delivery

To ensure Management teams have visibility of their IT services we provide dashboards highlighting the health of IT services, priorities and the status of key deliverables

IT Support & Systems Administration

STROBE cover all aspects of IT Support, Systems Administration, Networking Services and End User Computing

Our IT Support offering can include any of the services highlighted in Managed Services

Support & Systems Administration generally refers to day to day operational requests such as:

  • Server Administration

  • Active Directory administration

  • End user support

  • Maintenance break / fix

  • Application support

  • Infrastructure upgrades

  • PC upgrades & optimisation

ITIL Service Management

ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) is an industry standard framework for IT Service Management

If you’re looking to adopt a mature, professional and best practice approach to IT Service Management then give us a call to discuss ITIL … we have ITIL certified staff who love this stuff

    Monitoring & Reporting Management

Monitoring

You get what you measure – well, we measure everything

Monitoring is a Mission Critical application in our business … we believe it should be in every business

Our Monitoring Management includes monitoring, alerting & reporting on key performance metrics with countless customisable triggers and thresholds for both proactive and reactive monitoring of hardware, systems and services

Monitoring provides data and in-depth logs for analysis, troubleshooting and support but it also enables data driven decisions which drive improvement actions

We offer well over 1000 custom monitoring triggers … below are a few common examples:

CPU, Memory, I/O, Latency, Response times, Load times, Servers, Hypervisors, Operating Systems, Databases, Applications, Interfaces, bandwidth, transaction times

Drives capacity planning and forecasting on all IT systems and services

Alerting on critical hardware … SSD’s, Hard Drives, Systems performance degradation

Brute force, DDoS, IPS, Web Servers, RDP, Antivirus

Alerting on Servers, Networks and all IT Infrastructure  … up / down & operational health status

Catching services that require renewals before they expire … SSL Certificates, Domain names, subscriptions etc

Alerts for end of life services, end of support, changes of standards, new versions … eg. eCommerce Security and non-compliant software

Alerting is what gets an engineer out of bed at 3am to ensure a failed IT service is restored before the start of the business day. Alerting is the output from monitoring triggers determined by performance & availability thresholds

See below for a couple of screenshots of an Apache Thread Scorecard, CPU & Storage from one of our Servers (without the data values) … if this seems like granular data to capture then imagine what levels we can go to monitoring your services

Reporting

Reporting is an output of all that monitoring data … it provides summarised visibility of IT operational health and performance to key stakeholders. The data is simplified, structured and reported in a presentable manner that can be clearly understood

Reporting provides compelling data demonstrating IT utilisation trends to aid with planning and forecasting future demand

Reporting results in unambiguous, evidence based discussions on improvement initiatives, performance opportunities, capacity management and IT investment and budgeting

Monitor > Report > Analyse > Decide … that’s our operating rhythm. If that sounds like something you’re missing then let’s discuss your options

FAQ’s

We start with an audit to identify any immediate risks and to ensure we’ve got a full understanding of your environment. From there we propose a detailed programme of work highlighting key objectives and milestones

We provide monthly reports to track our priorities, incident and problem management, project status, key IT risks and deliverable

We believe in flexibility for our customers and don’t consider contracts provide any customer benefit. We back ourselves to do a great job rather than leaning on a contract

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is an outsourced third-party company that manages and assumes the responsibility of a defined set of IT and technology management services to its customers. It is a strategic method of improving operations that is commonplace among large corporations as well as small and medium-size businesses

Absolutely, that’s the idea with our IT Support service compared to Managed Services. You can use us for ad hoc support as and when required

Service Portfolio       

Multiple Services, 1 Service Provider … how can we help you today?

Servers

Run your business apps and IT services from our VPS, Dedicated or Container Servers. Host your Servers on best of breed Hypervisor, Storage & High Availability Server Infrastructure. Cost effective, custom specifications and scalable on demand

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HA Clusters

All compute services are delivered from our own High Availability clusters in Auckland. Our HA clusters are built for availability, reliability, scalability and performance. Our Infrastructure is 100% owned, built and operated by us

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Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Test, Dev, Pre-Prod, Staging, UAT, QA … whatever your phase of the development lifecycle host your apps on our Platform as a Service (PaaS) and / or Database as a Service (DBaaS) Clusters. Focus on development without having to manage the underlying Infrastructure and middleware

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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Cost effective, high availability, scalable Infrastructure on demand. Our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering eliminates capital investment and operational overhead, is fully customisable and super secure with amazing performance

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Containers

Containers are highly portable and offer the best density on a hardware to application ratio … this delivers great scalability and ensures they’re a viable proposition particularly with application development

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Storage as a Service (StaaS)

Enterprise Block, Object & File Storage built on high performance fault tolerant Storage clusters for your Servers, Databases and everyday business Storage requirements

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IT Managed Services & Operations Management

STROBE’s proactive IT Managed Services provides fixed cost, guaranteed resource availability and “all you can eat” IT management with unlimited scope options – reach out to STROBE, your experts for IT Managed Services

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Strategic Management

Owners of your IT leadership and strategic management. Valued partners for solution architecture design, service delivery, IT cost out opportunities and overall strategic direction 

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About Us

Check out a bit about who we are and what we care about, our values, technologies and datacentres

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Consultancy & Project Management

IT Consulting, Project and Programme Management expertise for your next IT project. Also offering consultancy for LEAN Six Sigma, IT licensing, auditing, PCI and IT industry compliance 

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IT Operations & Support

For all your IT operations, systems administration, Infrastructure management, end user client support, maintenance break / fix, systems integration and networking requirements

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Lifecycle Management 

Our IT infrastructure and asset lifecycle programme management includes asset refresh, firmware upgrades, version controls, patching schedules and functionality enhancements for all hardware, software, platforms, appliances and toolsets. Call us today and avoid a situation where your business is hamstrung by legacy systems that haven’t been maintained or upgraded 

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Change Management 

Disciplined, mature IT Change Management eliminates human error which is the number 1 reason for IT failures. Adopt a change control process and avoid unnecessary disruption from failed changes

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Internet Service Provider

Fast, reliable, UFB Fibre Broadband and dedicated, uncontended Business grade Fibre Internet circuits. All links are monitored and include unlimited data, no contracts, no install charge, no shaping and plenty of optional extras

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Managed Networks & Firewalls

Network design, build, integration, monitoring and management services for LAN, WAN, Firewalls, Routers, WiFi, VPN’s, Load balancing, Proxy and Content Management. Specialist Managed Network service for customers who value performance, traffic optimisation and robust network security

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Wide Area Networks

Multi-site inter-connectivity providing private, dedicated, layer 3 WAN services. Best in class networking performance for your site locations

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VoIP & Cloud PBX

Our Enterprise grade Cloud PBX services offer high performance, amazing quality, secure, reliable Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Super flexible calling and call routing options to suit every business size and Voice requirements 

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Email Hosting

Email services rivalling Office 365 functionality with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern Email solution. Plenty of configuration options from our secure, high availability hosted Email service

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Phone Numbers 

New or existing local, regional or international phone numbers and free-call numbers available with custom phone number selection. Significant cost savings and numerous VoIP end point options available from IP handsets, Softphones, SIP on cell phone and analogue telephone adapters to choose from

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Cyber Security

Check out our Cyber Security offerings and why this is important to your business. Everything from Security and risk assessments, Security breach remediation and vulnerability scanning from perimeter to end points. Chat to us on how we manage, monitor, report & maintain security operations

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Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Still the most secure, cost effective and seamless method for external remote access to internally (or externally) hosted business resources. We provide robust Virtual Private Network as a Service (VPNaaS) gateways providing secure, encrypted VPN tunnels for always on site-to-site VPN’s or on demand client based VPN access

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SSL Certificates

A must have for any website. Protect your website, improve customer perception and increase customer visitation with SSL encryption. Get yourself a cost effective certificate today 

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Network & Perimeter Security

Network security is a vital component of your overall Cyber Security posture. Not just Internet and perimeter but internal Local Area Networks (LAN’s) … have a chat to us about our Managed Firewall and Managed Networks & Security services to safeguard your IT assets, data and intellectual property

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Web Design & Development 

Custom website design and development including mobile responsive and eCommerce built on modern Open Source PHP frameworks with Content Management Systems (CMS). Also offering Website performance optimisation, repairs, maintenance, security, CMS training and cosmetic content changes

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Web Hosting 

World class, high performance Web Hosting on our High Availability Cluster with industry leading cPanel or Plesk control panel options. Flexible, cost effective, managed or unmanaged hosting plans to choose from with plenty of bundled extras

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Domain Names

A domain name will instantly make your business appear more professional, trustworthy and add credibility. Endless domain name extensions to choose from. Domain registration includes unlimited DNS changes and support. Speak to us today about registering your new domain name

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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)

Despite the threat of natural disasters and significant business disruption, BC / DR is something NZ business is yet to fully embrace. We provide IT risk consultancy and BC / DR solutions to ensure your downtime is eliminated or minimised and business operations are restored quickly

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Backups 

Our Cloud Backup as a Service (BaaS) eliminates capital expenditure on backup Infrastructure and avoids the administrative headaches of managing backups. Backup data is housed on our High Availability clusters, is replicated to a secondary Datacentre and all backup solutions receive custom scheduling, custom data retention periods and data restore testing as standard

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