Ten tech trends IT service providers should be thankful for in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 25, 2015 12:30:00 PM

As Thanksgiving approaches it's a good time for IT service providers to take a step back and appreciate all the opportunities that come their way. While there is no doubt that being an IT services providers requires its own special brand of courage in the face of all kinds of technical challenges that need to be regularly overcome, for better or, occasionally worse,  IT as a whole continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Topics: IT trends

Building a trust model in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Satya Nadella gave a speech last week before the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Microsoft's approach to security, and a good deal of it had to with the cloud and trust.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Salesforce creates ecosystem to be reckoned with in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 24, 2015 1:07:17 PM

For IT service providers the yardstick used to measure whether they should invest in building a practice goes well beyond the amount of money a particular vendor generates in terms of net income and revenue. Case in point is Salesforce, which after some 14 years of effort seems to finally be hitting its financial stride.

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EOL software: Making the case for upgrade therapy

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Nov 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A long list of EOL software upgrade opportunities makes the 2016 business outlook an interesting one for IT solution providers. Three Microsoft OS platforms—Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP—remain in wide deployment long past their well-publicized EOL dates, as does Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

With all these EOL platforms moldering across the IT landscape, it might seem like a bonanza for MSPs looking to sell software, migration services, and more strategic services. Then again, maybe businesses keeping these aging, leaky platforms on artificial life-support need something different. Could it be that what they really need is a bit of counseling?

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Business Development, Microsoft Windows, msp

Ask Intronis: How can I thank my customers without breaking the bank?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Nov 23, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Q: Earlier this week I received a thank you card in the mail from a vendor I partner with at my MSP business. I really liked the fact that they took the time to think of me and my employees. It was a nice personal touch and made me feel appreciated. With Thanksgiving coming up, I want to do something similar for my small business customers to show them I’m thankful for their business. The only problem is that I don’t have much of a budget to buy them gifts. How can I say thank you to my customers without breaking the bank?

Thankfully (no pun intended), there are a number of creative ways to show your appreciation for your customers, and you don’t need an elaborate or expensive gift to express your gratitude. During the holiday season, even a simple “thank you” or “Happy Holidays” greeting can make people smile and feel appreciated. Keep it simple, and remember to just say “thanks.”

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Topics: Ask Intronis

SlideShare: Go behind the scenes with Intronis at IT Nation

Posted by Anne Campbell on Nov 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Didn't get a chance to make it to IT Nation 2015? Made the trip but wish you could relive some of the most memorable moments? You're not the only one!

Intronis sent a big team down to IT Nation this year, and they came back with some good stories and plenty of great pictures. (If only they could have figured out a way to bring some of Orlando's warm weather with them, too!) So we just had to share. 

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Topics: Events and Webinars

Cloud 5: Dell, EMC face challenges; container wars

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 20, 2015 10:24:37 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, 451 Research finds it's cheaper to spread out your cloud dollars. While it makes sense, 451 Research did the work and found that if you spread your cloud dollars around, you are better off than being loyal to any single cloud vendor.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

451 Research finds it's cheaper to spread out your cloud dollars

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 19, 2015 1:23:47 PM

The latest Cloud Price Index (CPI) report from 451 Research found that you can get the best price on cloud services when you use a variety of vendors and stay loyal to your core group.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Assessing the impact of containers on IT operations

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 19, 2015 10:10:34 AM

Arguably one of the most transformative technologies to come down the pike this decade has been the rapid rise of container adoption—most notably in the form of Docker containers. The shift toward relying on containers as a means of isolating developers from the vagaries of underlying physical and virtual infrastructure is clearly a major IT phenomenon.

The flexibility that Docker containers provide developers is now generally appreciated, but the impact that containers will have on IT operations as more applications built using containers move into production is not.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

3 Highlights from IT Nation 2015

Posted by Erin Shaw Crowley on Nov 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I just got to spend three eventful days at IT Nation 2015 in Orlando, Florida. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, with more than 3,000 MSPs attending. It gave me a chance to listen to some thought-provoking keynote speakers and have plenty of interesting conversations with both partners and prospects.

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Topics: Events and Webinars

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