Cloud 5: 2015 cloud jobs outlook, sunny cloud forecast, PaaS options

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 19, 2014 9:10:00 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, Cloud begins to take hold in the C-suite. A recent survey of 1000 C-suite executives found surprisingly broad support for hybrid clouds, which seems to show that the cloud as a whole is mainstreaming as executives see the value in moving certain workloads there.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Stop selling Managed Services

Posted by Carrie Simpson on Dec 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

We are excited to have Carrie Simpson, founder of Managed Sales Pros, contribute to our blog as a guest author. Carrie shares her sales expertise and offers insight into selling managed services.

Companies selling Managed Services is a little pet peeve of mine right now. Managed Services is an industry term. It’s a business model, not a service offering. Your clients aren’t buying Managed Services, they are buying IT support. You don’t buy “restaurant” or “grocery store," you buy “food." First, you need to decide how you want that food made available to you, and several things will influence your decision – price, convenience, and selection available at the time that you want it will all be factors in the choice.

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Topics: Sales Process

Cloud computing tipping point set to arrive in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Although most organizations currently use the cloud to one degree or another, two recent surveys suggest that 2015 will witness a major tipping point in terms of adoption.

survey of nearly 200 IT professionals conducted by Level 3 Communications, reports that not only did 34.1 percent report they are currently running and managing applications in the cloud, but also finds that 48.3 percent say they are “on their way.”

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Three small business tech topics to chat up before the holidays

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Dec 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

We’re closing in fast on the new year, and we all know what that brings. For many of us, there’s a bittersweet mix of business imperatives, festive joviality and reflection on The Year That Was. It’s a time for closing out books, cleaning up accounts, and wrapping up business so that you can enjoy a well-deserved respite.

It’s also a great time to check in with your small business clients.

Why? To make sure they’re in good shape before the holidays, of course. They’re counting on you, after all, to keep their IT up and running smoothly. Pay them a social call. And while you’re there, here are three fast-moving technology topics you’d do well to drop into casual conversation.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business

Why performance monitoring is critical in a cloud-virtualized world

Posted by Alan Earls on Dec 15, 2014 9:09:00 AM

The old saw that says you can’t manage what you can’t measure applies just as much in the virtualized world as it does in traditional environments. But practice and tools are still in catch up mode.

Indeed, for a long time, IT pros could fly by the seat of their pants – looking at a range of indicators to get a sense of what was happening inside the server. But virtualization makes that a practical impossibility –there’s simply too much to going on. As a result, monitoring practices – especially server monitoring and the tools that support it – have been evolving.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Two tradeshows, two viewpoints, two light bulbs

Posted by Marie Rourke on Dec 12, 2014 12:00:00 PM

It’s great when you go to an industry event and the light bulb comes on. It doesn’t happen all the time, but over the last two weeks, it happened to me twice thanks to two beautiful minds who “get IT” and more importantly “get the IT channel.”

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Topics: Events and Webinars

Cloud 5: OpenStack's maturing, United's phablets, and NAS is not cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 12, 2014 8:30:27 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, Cloud begins to take hold in the C-suite. A recent survey of 1000 C-suite executives found surprisingly broad support for hybrid clouds, which seems to show that the cloud as a whole is mainstreaming as executives see the value in moving certain workloads there.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud begins to take hold in the C-suite

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A recent study by consulting firm Avanade found broad support for hybrid cloud solutions in the C-Suite. The distinction here is that executives outside of IT, who are increasingly controlling technology budgets and are making technology decisions are bullish on hybrid solutions.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The rise of hybrid cloud computing in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A global survey of 1,000 C-level executives conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Avanade, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, finds that 75 percent say they believe hybrid cloud computing will be an area of focus for their organizations in 2015.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Solid state storage– Nice to have or must have?

Posted by Alan Earls on Dec 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

For most organizations, solid-state drive (SSD) technology is still on the horizon rather than in the data center. But as costs have come down, the benefits of solid-state have become more compelling for some. The reason for the appeal of SSD is the perception of higher performance as compared to spinning disk drives, which generally seem to be supported by experience and the idea that solid-state is safer than an electro-mechanical spinning disk when it comes to the risk of data loss – a point that is not quite as simple to define, as will be discussed.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology