Oh no they didn’t. Security password mistakes to avoid.

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Jan 23, 2015 3:27:23 PM

If you haven’t already checked out the list of “Worst Passwords” released by SplashData earlier this week, you may want to—and soon.

Each year, the company publishes a list of the riskiest passwords, which frighteningly, are also the most common. In an age where we all have countless passwords to keep track of, and more and more of our business continuity depends on the security of our data, it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re not leaving ourselves fully exposed to the risk of having our accounts compromised.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

Cloud 5: Fuss-free OpenStack, Green clouds and IBM cloud revenue

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 23, 2015 9:30:48 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, Rumored MacBook Air could be the ultimate cloud machine. There is a rumor that the next MacBook Air will be built without so much as a single port. And you know what? We don't need no stinkin' ports.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Intronis on the road: One week, three events

Posted by Erin Shaw Crowley on Jan 22, 2015 4:30:24 PM

I just got back from a week jam-packed with great events, and I wanted to share a few highlights with all of you!

Along with a few of my colleagues from here at Intronis, I started the week off by attending ConnectWise User Groups in Orange County, California, and Philadelphia. These were a great opportunity for us to sit down one-on-one with ConnectWise users and give them an in-depth look at how the Intronis integration with ConnectWise works.

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Topics: Partner Support, Events and Webinars

The Shift of ERP applications to the cloud is on

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 22, 2015 3:30:17 PM

When it comes to on premise IT systems, ERP applications are one of the last major bastions. But not only is Gartner forecasting that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application spending will reach $20 billion, the market research firm also predicts that within the next two years the majority of ERP applications sold will be running in the cloud.

Gartner says the primary driver of this trend will not necessarily be a desire to cut costs but rather to craft more agile business processes. In fact, Gartner says the ERP suite (as it was once known) is being deconstructed into postmodern ERP that will result in a more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment where much of the functionality is sourced as either a cloud service or via business process outsourcer (BPO).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Reliance on IT services firms to build private clouds starts to fall

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 21, 2015 1:21:03 PM

In 2014, building private clouds created a major revenue stream opportunity for IT services firms because the expertise required to set one up was in short supply. But a survey of 1,865 IT organizations conducted by Technology Business Research (TBR) may give IT services firms some reason for pause going into 2015.

The survey found that that while private clouds represent a $41 billion market opportunity growing at a rate of 15 percent– 65 percent of those clouds were built by a third-party. Taking into account all the self-built clouds, the survey found that 83 percent of the private clouds built involved a professional IT services organization. But year over year, that represents a 3 percent decline.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Bare metal should be on your list of bare essentials

Posted by Alan Earls on Jan 20, 2015 2:00:00 PM

At one time or another every organization is bound to need to recover a server. Maybe it’s a hardware malfunction or a corrupted drive. Or it could be an unexpected physical disaster like a flood or a tornado. It could even be a virus or software problem.

No matter the cause, unless you have unlimited time and patience you’ll want to be able to do a “bare metal” restore—in which you bring back the whole operating system and every other characteristic of a system along with its applications and production data. Although different operating systems might handle it in different ways, it is never a small task.

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Topics: Bare Metal Restore, Backup Management

MSP reinvention: Why you shouldn’t settle for success

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jan 20, 2015 10:54:13 AM

You’ve built up a healthy business helping entrepreneurs get the most of their IT. Your clients find solid value in your services and pay their bills on time (for the most part). Your people are diligent, creative, and thrive on collaboration.

Congratulations. You’re a star.

Still an opportunity exists for you to pursue new levels of customer enthusiasm and company growth.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Business Development, Cloud Industry and Technology, Buyer Targeting, Differentiation

Ask Intronis: Should I make backup mandatory for my customers?

Posted by Intronis Staff on Jan 19, 2015 3:59:49 PM

Ask Intronis is a weekly advice column answering common questions from MSPs and IT service providers. It covers topics ranging from pricing and selling to marketing and communications—and everything in between. Submit your questions by emailing AskIntronis@intronis.com.

Q: I know the value of including cloud backup and recovery as part of a managed service agreement, but some of my customers just don’t get it and say they’d rather skip it. Should I make it a mandatory service for all of my customers?

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Topics: Selling Cloud Backup, Ask Intronis

Introducing the Ask Intronis advice column

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jan 19, 2015 3:25:34 PM

As an MSP, you’re faced with a lot of questions every day. Questions from customers. Questions about how to grow your business. Questions about best practices for sales or marketing. Here at Intronis, we want to help you answer some of those questions.

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Topics: Announcements, Ask Intronis

It’s Back: CryptoWall Enters a New Generation With Version 3.0

Posted by Paul Hanley on Jan 19, 2015 1:52:55 PM

After several slow months, it seems that the authors of the infamous CryptoWall malware (Win32/Crowti or Trojan.Cryptowall) have re-emerged from wherever they’ve been hiding and have brought another version of their devious malware with them. Dubbed “CryptoWall 3.0” by security blogs and researchers, the new malware contains a number of changes and additions over the previous version.

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Topics: Malware, Cyber Security