The Strategic value of enterprise file sharing

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Mar 27, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Enterprise file-sharing services have taken off in the past few years, and for good reason. Smartphones and tablets give us new freedom to work whenever and wherever we want, so our ability to access and share our unstructured data—documents, spreadsheets, graphics, and multimedia files—is more important than ever before. Email is fine up to a point but really clunky for sharing multiple revisions, and sending large attachments can quickly swamp company servers.

At the same time, attacks on sensitive data just keep getting bolder.

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Topics: ECHOshare file sync and share

IT organizations are looking to MSSPs for help

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 27, 2015 12:09:56 PM

A new study from Linkedin finds that while most organizations are moving to the cloud, security is clearly still a major concern. For IT service providers, those concerns should spell opportunity because partnering with MSPs that have security expertise has emerged as the top response to those perceived security concerns.

When 1,010 IT professionals were asked what they intended to do to make cloud computing more secure, 34 percent responded that they would partner with a managed security service provider. This was followed by deploying more security software at 33 percent and adding more IT staff at 31 percent.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Long live cloud, cloud misconceptions, fastest Chromebook

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 27, 2015 9:58:03 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, Big vendors find cloud religion. It took a long time for the traditional enterprise vendors to hop on board the cloud band wagon, but today, cloud is central to every large vendor's strategy.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Big vendors find cloud religion

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 26, 2015 3:18:18 PM

It took a while didn't it? The big guys hung back for years, ceding the cloud to Amazon, Google, Salesforce, and other players, but today you can't find an enterprise company worth its salt that doesn't have cloud at the center of its strategy.

Whether it's Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, HP, SAP, or any traditional enterprise play, it's all cloud all the time now. After ignoring it for years, the cloud has become these company's main focus. Why is that?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Quiz: Which data loss gremlin are you?

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

With World Backup Day right around the corner, we’ve been spending a lot of time here at Intronis talking about the data loss gremlins and the major threats they represent to MSPs and their small business customers.

The problems the data loss gremlins can cause are serious. According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, DC, 93 percent of SMBs that lose data access for 10 or more days are bankrupt in a year.

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Topics: Malware, IT Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Recovery, Data Loss, Cyber Security

10 IT channel experts who MSPs should follow on Twitter

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Most managed service providers know that social media is something they should pay attention to and start using to market their business. (Or at least you keep hearing us talk about why social media marketing is a good thing to do.) But you’re busy and aren’t sure where to get started, so it keeps getting put off.

Well, it’s time to stop making excuses. If you don’t have a Twitter account for your business, sign up for one today. Once you do that, get started by following any of your SMB customers who are using Twitter, as well as channel vendors that you work with regularly.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Social Media, Content Marketing

Leveraging cloud brokering still a challenge for IT service providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A generally accepted piece of wisdom about cloud computing is that when there’s a need to broker services across multiple clouds, a significant opportunity is created for IT service providers.

A new survey conducted by Technology Business Research finds that of the 318 IT professionals using cloud services who were surveyed only about 32 percent have actually adopted cloud brokerage services, though. The survey does find that another third are planning to adopt them, but what’s not clear is to what degree organizations are actually using these services. The reason for this is that while there is no shortage of cloud computing platforms, most of them are semi-autonomous.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Preparing for World Backup Day 2015—The Data Loss Gremlins are back!

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Mar 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The end of the first calendar quarter is only a week away, but March 31 also marks another important day: World Backup Day. We take this “holiday” of sorts very seriously at Intronis, and we “celebrate” by educating managed service providers on how and why they need to back up their customers’ business critical data. Why do we feel this is so important? Four words —

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Topics: Data Loss, Announcements

Ask Intronis: As an MSP, how do I make my business more productive?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Mar 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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

Q: One of my goals for 2015 is to make my IT services business more efficient. With a limited staff and limited budget, I need to make sure everything runs as efficiently as possible. How can I make my business and my employees more productive? We need to make the most of what we’ve got! 

While all businesses try to be productive, we understand that it’s not necessarily a simple task to accomplish. Even if you hire all the right people and pay for all of the popular tools, it’s not always enough. Luckily for you, as an IT services provider, there are a few easy ways to make your business more efficient. 

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Topics: Business Development, Ask Intronis

Ending the tyranny of connected devices

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 20, 2015 3:35:00 PM

Apple was slammed hard last week when it announced a new MacBook so thin it doesn't have space for any stand-alone USB ports. We're talking thin.

It marked the beginning of the end of the connected device.

The new MacBook has replaced the venerable USB port with a single-purpose port for charging, VGA, USB, and data transfer. One port to rule them all, and an $80 external multi-port adaptor or USB to USB-C adaptor for $19.

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Topics: Cloud Trends


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