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The 6 IT Managed Service Pricing Models?

Like with any service industry, IT Managed Service Providers offer a wide variety of services. And like other service-oriented companies, each has pricing fees based on what they provide and the value it brings to their clientele. But what ABC MSP charges will differ from what XYZ MSP charges.

Even though their pricing may vary, one thing is for sure; each offers six different pricing models.

NOTE: Pricing models don’t constitute specific pricing. Instead, each model represents a set of services provided in the desired plan.

The 6 IT Managed Service Pricing Models are:

  1. Monitoring Only
  2. Per Device
  3. Per User
  4. Tiered
  5. All You Can Eat
  6. A La Carte

1. What is the Monitoring Only Model?

The Monitoring Only Model provides network monitoring and alerting services. The Managed Service Provider offers this model to companies of all sizes. Companies with in-house IT technicians can also benefit from this model. Several service levels are offered.

2. What is the Per Device Model?

The Per-Device Model is a flat fee for each device that gets supported in your company’s IT environment. For instance, a basic per-device pricing model might designate a flat price:

  • per desktop / per server / per network printer / per managed network

The pricing is straightforward to quote, and the monthly service fee gets adjusted when you add more devices.

3. What is the Per User Model?

The Per-User Model closely resembles the per-device model. Instead of being billed per device, you’re invoiced per user, per month; which covers support for all methods used by each user. The support typically covers commonly used equipment:

  • office equipment: PC, laptop, tablet, and connectivity
  • home equipment: home PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone
  • communication equipment: hotels and kiosks when traveling

4. What is the Tiered Model?

The Tiered Model is designed to provide bundled packages. With each package, “X” amount of services are included. And since this is a tiered model, it also means that there are three or more bundled package levels, with three or more pricing levels. They usually get labeled as “Gold, Silver, and Bronze” or “Basic, Standard, and Premium.” The premise with this model is simple–when you pay more, additional services are available that aren’t offered with the lower-level bundled package.

5. What is the All You Can Eat Model?

The All-You-Can-Eat Model gives you flexibility. With this model, budgeting your IT support expenses enables you to gauge what’s taken place over the past year, and then make calculated IT cost forecasts for the coming year. Typically you’ll have access to:

  • remote support / on-site support
  • lab or bench time / 24/7 year-round support
  • services available during specific hours of the day / particular days of the month

The All-You-Can-Eat model gives you the ability to genuinely budget your IT support costs over a year without hidden or surprise fees.

6. What is the A La Carte Model?

The A La Carte Model is unique. With this model, you’re getting individual services. Maybe a specific problem came up that needs addressing? This is when you pay for the services you need and nothing more. You can also create a customized IT managed services bundled package for yourself, tailored to your company’s specific requirements. That’s what makes this model different, sort of “off the menu,” and different from all-inclusive IT Managed Services models or pre-bundled packages.

What About Actual Pricing Ranges?

Actual pricing ranges vary from one jurisdiction to another. But to give you a brief overview of what pricing ranges look like, here’s the breakdown. Just remember–these aren’t actual prices only pricing ranges.

1. Flat Based range: Monthly, quarterly, or annual fee depending on needs

2. Per User range: $125–$300 per month

3. Per Device range: $20–$100 per month

With the Monitoring Only, Per Device, Per User, Tiered, All You Can Eat, and A La Carte pricing models and the pricing ranges, this should give you a clear picture of how much IT Managed Services should cost when you call different IT providers.

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Your IT environment is not static. Its fluidity requires consistent monitoring to ensure optimum health and performance of servers, operating systems, platforms and applications. Our managed services team provides this service through a number of our offerings.

02Proactive Services

In addition to monitoring, our offerings provide proactive services to help prevent threats and system compromises. Through maintenance activities such as patching, health check-ups, data backups and advisory services, Star Technology works behind the scenes seamlessly with your organization to ensure that your environment is safe, secure and running smoothly.


Day-to-day management of a business’s IT environment is a full-time job. Let Star Technology manage this while you focus on your customers and your business’s core competencies. We can govern your user lifecycles, accounts, configurations and necessary upgrades. These tasks help to keep your environment optimized for performance without taxing your team.

04.Incident Support

When issues arise, our managed services team supports you at all levels. Our support team provides expert assistance to end-users directly. We also can coordinate with your in-house IT teams to provide guidance, and can quickly escalate issues with Microsoft, when needed.

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