Community clouds are set to take off in a big way

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 5, 2015 3:18:01 PM

As cloud computing continues to mature many organizations are starting to figure out that the sum of their clouds might be more valuable than the individual pieces. This realization is fueling a growing interest in community clouds that are now forecasted to be a $2.4 billion market by 2018.

Community clouds usually form when a group of companies figure out that sharing a common set of IT infrastructure not only reduces their costs but also make it simpler for them to share data and insights with one another.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Video: Intronis Winter Release ‘15 Preview

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Mar 5, 2015 11:42:00 AM

Today we're launching our Winter Release ’15, and the entire Intronis team is juiced. Why? Quite simply because this release delivers the strongest version of the Intronis ECHOplatform to date. From the very outset, we’ve designed this release to help you broaden your client base, expand services for existing clients, and streamline your operations. The feedback from our beta test partners has been extremely positive.

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Topics: IT Security, Virtualization, VMware backup, Hyper-V Backup, Object Level Recovery

XChange Solution Provider 2015 highlights

Posted by Erin Shaw Crowley on Mar 4, 2015 4:10:00 PM

I just returned from XChange Solution Provider 2015, a three-day conference held in Dallas, and I must say, we closed out our calendar of Q1 events with a bang! While we didn't get any reprieve from the winter weather, we were happy to be in Texas with our channel peers and had some interesting conversations along the way.

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Topics: Events and Webinars

Private clouds starting to overshadow public clouds

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The one thing that just about every IT professional  can agree on is that some form of cloud computing is now a standard enterprise platform. For the most part, though, it appears that the majority of that usage is decidedly private.

A new global survey of 1,000 senior IT executives at organizations with 500 or more employees conducted by Tata Communications, a global provider of IT services, finds that 28 percent of compute and data storage is in the cloud at the moment, and it is predicted to rise to 43 percent within five years and 58 percent in 10 years. But as IT organizations become more familiar with cloud computing, 57 percent report having migrated data back in-house from the cloud, primarily due to security and data protection concerns.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

6 tips for selling data backup

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Mar 3, 2015 9:50:00 AM

Here at Intronis helping MSPs market and sell their data backup services is a high priority, and lately, we’ve put a lot of energy into developing programs and materials geared toward this. Recently, we partnered with IT marketing author Raj Khera to provide actionable advice on how to locate potential customers and win data backup business. More than 400 MSPs registered for the “How to Sell Your Data Backup Services,” and the feedback has been great. Here’s a quick list of highlights I took from the presentation.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Buyer Targeting, Events and Webinars

3 Reasons managed service providers shouldn't give up on marketing

Posted by Stuart Crawford on Mar 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Too many managed service providers think MSP marketing is as simple as launching a few campaigns and then sitting back to watch the new customers roll in. As long as they get out there and do it, they’ll win, right? They don’t get that marketing takes time. So when they don’t see results right away, all that energy and enthusiasm goes away, and they start making excuses for why it’s not worth it to put time or money into marketing.

Stop making excuses.

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Topics: MSP Marketing

Ask Intronis: As an MSP, how can I help my health care customer be HIPAA compliant?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Mar 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Q: I just landed a new SMB customer, and they’re my first medical client. How can I make sure I’m doing all the right things to help keep my customer HIPAA compliant, as least as far as their data is concerned? I’m afraid I’ll miss something important! 

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Topics: Ask Intronis

Congrats to the recent grads of Intronis University!

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Feb 27, 2015 2:20:26 PM

Congratulations to the February 2015 class of Intronis Certified Partner Technicians! It’s only been a few months since we opened the doors to Intronis University, and enrollment is already quite strong. We’ve got nearly 150 students in the training program, and their feedback has been great so far.

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Topics: Intronis Essentials

Cloud 5: Cloud as great leveller, RightScale cloud survey, HP cloud exec shuffle

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 27, 2015 9:30:00 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, Public cloud is where disruption will happen. One analyst suggested in a Tweet Storm that the only cloud that mattered is public cloud and the rest is basically a garbage bin set of terms to please the markets. I can't totally disagree, but I also know a hybrid mix of public and private computing is going to exist for a long time to come.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Hybrid clouds driving Docker container adoption

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM

While hybrid cloud computing is the ultimate goal for many IT organizations, the road they take to get there may wind up being be much different than the one they initially started on.

new survey of 745 IT professionals commissioned by StackEngine, a provider of management software for Docker containers, finds that the top reason IT organizations are adopting Docker containers is to build a hybrid cloud. Roughly 45 percent of the respondents said they plan to build a hybrid cloud, and 20 percent report that they have already deployed Docker containers in a production application.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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