Hybrid Cloud is a concept, not a market

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Last week I was having a conversation with a large-company cloud executive and he referred to hybrid cloud as a market to be exploited. I was a little taken aback because I have always seen it as a concept, not a sales tool.

For those of you who might not know what hybrid means, it's simply the idea that you have a combination of on-premises and public cloud infrastructure, platform, and software.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Gartner 2015 IT Spending Forecast Creates Cause for Pause

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 27, 2015 10:08:15 AM

Theoretically at least, a flood should lift all boats. But when it comes to IT services, the weight of that boat might make a significant difference.

Buried inside a new report from Gartner that forecasts that worldwide IT spending will grow 2.4 percent to $3.8 trillion in 2015 is some news that may give IT service providers reason to exercise caution. While the 2015 forecast is for a 2.4 percent increase in spending, that growth rate represents a significant drop from the 3.9 percent growth rate that Gartner had previously forecasted.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Winter Storm Juno: What MSPs need to do to prepare

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jan 26, 2015 4:02:30 PM

Whether you call it Winter Storm Juno or “Snowmageddon 2015,” the massive blizzard headed for the Northeast is all anyone is talking about, at least up here in the Boston area. The blizzard warnings stretch from New Jersey to Maine, and current predictions call for 2 to 3 feet of snow. Weather forecasters have even started throwing out words like “historic” and “life-threatening.”

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Topics: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Ask Intronis: What’s the best way to explain malware to my customers?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on Jan 26, 2015 1:00:00 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’m having trouble explaining malware to my customers. Can you define malware in terms they can understand? Also, what tips can I give them to help protect their business from a malware attack?

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Topics: Ask Intronis

Intronis named one of the Top 25 Most Admired Channel Vendors of 2014

Posted by Aaron Dun on Jan 26, 2015 8:26:50 AM

It’s nice to feel appreciated, and here at Intronis we’re really feeling the love today. The 2112 Group, a business strategy firm focused on the IT channel, just released its list of the most admired channel vendors in 2014, and I was excited to see that Intronis made the top 25.

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Topics: Announcements, Awards

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