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What’s the Difference Between an MSP and a CSP

Answer: Some pundits think MSPs are evolving into CSPs. We don’t see it exactly that way.In some ways, MSPs are a superset of CSPs. Generally speaking, MSPs manage both on-premises and cloud-based workloads and infrastructure for end-customers. But the MSPs may not actually own or control the underlying cloud infrastructure. In contrast, Cloud Services Providers typically offer and manage SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (platform as a service) or IaaS (infrastructure as a service) for their end-customers. MSPs may also manage those services without directly hosting the offerings on their own. On a slightly related note, Microsoft considers VARs and MSPs that resell Office 365 to be Cloud Solutions Providers — rather than services providers.