Cloud 5: Billions in cloud investments, OpenStack by the numbers

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 29, 2016 11:36:38 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, Intel layoffs post-mortem points to cloud, mobile as primary suspects. Intel had some bad news last week for 12,000 people who will be laid off over the next several months, and when you look at the trends responsible for this outcome, they point squarely to cloud and mobile.

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

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AWS keeps raking in the moolah

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 29, 2016 8:59:31 AM

Ten years ago when Amazon launched AWS, it was a simple side business, a little experiment in selling some of the excess capacity it had in its data center. Well, that little experiment has turned into a smashing success, and in yesterday's earnings report it did better than its parent (who was reportedly glowing with pride over the little tyke's performance).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Ransomware exposes poor data management hygiene

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 28, 2016 9:00:23 AM

Ransomware-3.jpgAs ransomware attacks continue to proliferate, the soft underbelly of IT — how organizations often manage their data in a cavalier manner — is finally being exposed.

Ransomware combines social engineering techniques, malware, and encryption to take an organization’s data hostage. As this scourge continues, digital criminals are getting more sophisticated about selecting their victims. For a while, they focused on hospitals, which have lots of sensitive data they need to be able to readily access. Now it’s become apparent that police departments are also favorite targets for much the same reason.

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Topics: Ransomware

The future of social media and your employees

Posted by Francis Thach on Apr 27, 2016 8:38:49 AM

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Social Tools Summit in Boston. I run our social media efforts here at Intronis, so I was really excited to see what I could learn at this conference that focuses exclusively on social media tools and best practices. There were so many interesting sessions, but three of them really stood out to me.

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Topics: Social Media

Tapping into managed security services remains a challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 26, 2016 9:02:40 AM

Managed_Security_Services.jpgThanks to a rash of high-profile security breaches, awareness of IT security issues has never been higher. However, securing an IT environment gets more complex with each passing day.  Given those two factors, demand for managed security services should be escalating.

But a new survey from CompTIA suggests that solution providers across the channel are not tapping into that opportunity. In fact, the survey finds that only one in 10 of those surveyed are leading with their own security services brand rather than the brand of the security vendor. That doesn’t mean that channel partners are not offering security services. For example, a full 67 percent report offering risk management services, and another 61 percent say they have a mobile security service.

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Topics: IT Security

Ask Intronis: How to make troubleshooting errors with customers easier

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Apr 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Q: The good news is my MSP has added multiple customers to our managed service plan recently, and we’re very happy with the increasing volume of customers. The bad news is my techs have been spending a lot more time troubleshooting errors.  We’re looking to streamline our process so we can reduce the time techs have to spend on that. What tips can I use to make the troubleshooting process easier and to help customers prevent future errors?

We’re excited to hear you’re bringing on new customers, but we understand that efficiency is crucial to running a successful business. Having more customers, especially more customers who are new to the managed services experience, naturally creates more opportunities for errors to crop up. We know it can be difficult speaking to customers about the technical aspects of IT, such as backup errors, but these conversations are necessary and add value to your managed services.

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Intel layoffs post-mortem points to cloud, mobile as primary suspects

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This week news emerged that Intel was laying off 12,000 people. You never like to hear about that many people losing their livelihoods, but it's worth exploring how Intel got to this point, and the likely suspects are cloud and mobile.

For years, Intel was tied to the desktop computer, and having 'Intel Inside' was a mark of quality for a PC. Moore's Law, the notion that the number of transistors on a chip would double every two years, was real, and it mattered because we craved more raw power on the desktop.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Microsoft's cloud stumble, IBM's struggles continue

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 22, 2016 9:55:43 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.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5

3 Reasons Intronis is excited about MSPs in the UK

Posted by Jason Howells on Apr 21, 2016 11:47:07 AM

Earlier this week we announced that Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda is launching in EMEA, and as EMEA Sales Director for Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda, I’m obviously very excited about it. But it’s more than that…..

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Topics: Announcements

The FBI wants to see your malware

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 21, 2016 9:46:52 AM

FBI_malware.jpgThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would like IT services providers and their customers to share their malware with them. As part of its ongoing efforts to combat cybercriminals, the FBI has developed a massive database of malware that it uses to identify and keep track of the individuals and organizations that create malware.

Speaking at a DatacenterDynamics Enterprise conference in New York this week, Timothy O’Brien, a supervisory special agent for the FBI who leads a task force dedicated to combating cyberespionage, says the FBI now has six different task forces in place to help combat various types of cybercrime.

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Topics: Malware

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