Oracle Joins The Cloud Price Wars

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 30, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Oracle is holding their yearly party this week, Oracle Open World and they want people to know (again) they're all about the cloud. Of course, the long tail still haunts their leader, CTO and executive chairman (or whatever his title is now) Larry Ellison who once famously dissed the cloud in a 2008 speech calling it "ludicrous" and concluding, "We think it’s very hard to make money in this thing."

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Changing the IT Services Labor Equation

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 29, 2014 9:23:09 AM

Just about everybody agrees that there is a significant shortage of skilled IT talent that is limiting the size of the addressable market for IT services providers. What many IT services providers may not appreciate is how much distributors are investing in helping IT services firms close that gap.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Productivity Month

Cloud 5: Cloud standards, taxing the cloud, and the fate of CloudStack

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 26, 2014 8:45:07 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, Red Hat Declares Client-Server Era Over. When Red Hat declared they were going all in on the cloud and OpenStack this week, they effectively announced the end of the client-server era as the dominant computing paradigm inside organizations. Enterprise Linux and client-server aren't going away tomorrow of course, but it's fair to say the torch has been passed.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Red Hat Declares Client-Server Computing Era Over

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

666727475_6c1ac1e577_zFor years, Red Hat has been the face of enterprise Linux and with it, one of the leaders in client-server computing, and while the company has clearly been shifting its focus over the last couple of years to cloud computing, it has been a company caught between two worlds. It appears that's about to change.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Productivity Month: Get our 5 tips for greater productivity

Posted by Naomi Price on Sep 24, 2014 2:19:00 PM

What does productivity mean to you? For some, it’s leaving the office with everything crossed off of your to-do list. For others, it could be finally completing that major project. However you define productivity, as an IT service provider, you’re always striving to be highly efficient in order to meet – and exceed – the needs of your customers.

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Topics: Productivity Month

The Windows Server Migration Challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 24, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Microsoft and its partners in theory need to upgrade 20,000 instance of Windows Server 2003 a day to meet the July 2015 deadline that Microsoft has set for ending support. Obviously, that’s not going to happen. But what most IT service providers might not appreciate is that their only option is to upgrade those instances of Windows Server to Windows Server 2012 R2. That’s because Microsoft is also moving to pull Windows Server 2008 from the IT services channel by the end of this year.

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Topics: IT Security

Productivity Month: How to Lead Others to Succeed

Posted by Naomi Price on Sep 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Most people think that improving productivity is about streamlining workflow, eliminating duplicated efforts, and keeping the length of coffee breaks in check. Leadership expert Simon Sinek disagrees.

After listening to Sinek’s keynote at HubSpot’s Inbound conference in Boston last week, I now know that productivity begins with chemicals. Chemicals that, when in balance, create the type of work environment that enables risk taking and open-minded thinking.

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Topics: Productivity Month

Productivity Month: How self-evaluation gave Internet and Telephone perspective

Posted by Manny Veiga on Sep 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s natural to want to savor victory in the days after saving your client from a data disaster, but it’s also important to make some time for reflection.  Immediately reviewing the effectiveness of your disaster response approach can reveal opportunities for better planning, productivity, and client communication.

One Intronis partner discovered the value of self-evaluation after a recent client disaster. Massachusetts-based Internet and Telephone had to respond quickly when one of its newest clients, Eastern Yacht Club, suffered a three-alarm fire in June.

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Topics: Productivity Month

Cloud 5: Rise of cloud service brokers, Four disruptive cloud startups, and Google's enticing startup offer

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 19, 2014 1:22:26 PM

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, Android apps on Chromebooks could introduce complications in the enterprise. End users are going to love having Android apps on their Chromebooks, but IT might not be as thrilled because the addition of apps could potentially make these secure machines much less so by introducing malware and viruses.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Ransomware Creates Delicate IT Services Opportunities

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 19, 2014 8:08:40 AM

 

Attacks known as “ransomware” are ugly no matter how you look at it. But from the perspective of IT service providers, they are often the event that leads to their first engagement with a customer.

Faced with the prospect of having to pay a fee to rescue a machine from the clutches of a criminal that has hacked their way into their system, many customers make their first call to an IT services providers for help.

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