The cloud is the glue that keeps us connected

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 12:08:07 PM

Even though the cloud remains a somewhat nebulous term to the population at large, nearly everyone has a sense that it allows us to keep our digital lives in order and access content from any device, anywhere, anytime (as long as there is an Internet connection—and even sometimes when there's not).

At a simple level, it's how you can save your photos or documents and access them from anywhere. But the cloud is really the connective tissue for so much more, and it's allowed mobile to take off on several levels.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Google price drop, future connected cloud, DR in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 10:13:00 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, Oracle doesn't find the cloud funny anymore. Larry Ellison famously made fun of the Cloud back in 2008. Oracle plans to provide 95% of its offerings in cloud by fall. Guess the cloud isn't a joke any more.

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

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

How IT service providers can ride the winds of economic change

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 21, 2015 1:23:22 PM

Depending on the macroeconomic trends that exercise the most influence at any given moment, IT spending forecasts launched at different times in the same year can yield different views on where IT spending it headed.

Conflicting findings

For example, a new survey of 1,507 business and IT executives released by CompTIA finds that on average U.S. companies plan to increase IT spending by 5.4 percent in 2015. That study comes on the heels of a revised IT spending forecast from Gartner that suggests global IT spending will decline primarily because of changes to the value of the U.S. dollar.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Simple MSP sales tips from top strategists

Posted by Marie Rourke on May 20, 2015 10:03:00 AM

The past three weeks have been exciting and exhausting, jam-packed with a busy schedule of IT channel events. With so many events, it has been tough to take it all in, but the interesting conversations I had and lessons I learned made it worth all the planes, taxis, valets, and hotel hiccups along the way. Here are a handful of simple sales tips for MSPs I picked up from some of the industry’s best teachers, big thinkers, and talented professionals currently touring the IT circuit.  

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Topics: Business Development, Sales Management, Selling Cloud Backup

Focus on open source software changes IT services dynamic

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 19, 2015 11:13:24 AM

Regardless of whether it makes financial sense or not, IT organizations of all sizes have adopted an open source first mantra. Rather than spend their money on commercial software, they’ve made it clear they would prefer to throw labor at their enterprise software challenges. After all, not paying for commercial software enables those organizations to keep more IT staff on the payroll.

That’s not necessarily the wrong decision. By investing in labor, those organizations get to retain  software expertise at a time when every company is becoming a software company to one degree or another.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology

Why consumer-grade file sync and share is no good for your customers

Posted by Lindsay Faria on May 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Sure, Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox are great sync and share solutions. Honestly, I use all three to store and share my personal files, photos, and music. They’re free, easy, and intuitive. But, for business? No way.

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Topics: Events and Webinars, ECHOshare file sync and share

Ask Intronis: How can I convert break-fix customers to a managed service contract?

Posted by Courtney Steinkrauss on May 18, 2015 1:32:00 PM

Q: As an IT service provider, I have most of my customers on managed service contracts, but I’m having trouble converting my remaining break-fix customers. Based on the recurring revenue I’m bringing in from the majority of my clients, I know how much upside there could be if I could focus just on managed services. What can I do to transition the rest of my customers from break-fix to managed services contracts?

At Intronis, many of our partners are managed service providers, so we understand the value and opportunity in this type of business model compared to break-fix or project-based work. Not only will you experience greater and more predictable revenue, you will also be able to proactively maintain safe and functioning IT environments for your customers instead of being reactive. This will save both you and your customers time and money. 

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Ask Intronis

Venom security vulnerability threatens data centers, virtual machines

Posted by Paul Hanley on May 15, 2015 4:50:44 PM

Security researchers at CrowdStrike have uncovered a vulnerability that makes it possible for an attacker to escape from a virtual machine and gain access to the host hypervisor and the other virtual machines running on it. And that could mean trouble for data centers and cloud service providers.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

Cloud 5: Crime fighting in cloud, cloud in Africa, cloud by numbers

Posted by Ron Miller on May 15, 2015 9:06:55 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, Oracle doesn't find the cloud funny anymore. Larry Ellison famously made fun of the cloud back in 2008. Oracle plans to provide 95 percent of its offerings in cloud by fall. Guess it's not a joke anymore.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Tests find Microsoft trumping AWS in cloud storage performance

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 14, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Recent research has suggested that while the gap between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft is still fairly wide, Microsoft has been gaining traction. Now Nasuni, a provider of cloud storage gateways, has put out a new report that might in part explain why this is happening.

Results of cloud storage tests

For the past three years Nasuni has published a series of cloud storage tests. This year, those tests were run on Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Google Cloud Storage clouds. For the first time, Nasuni reports that Microsoft Azure has bested AWS across all those tests.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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