Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Intronis.
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Battle for control over managed database services heats up

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 22, 2017 10:25:41 AM

One of the fiercest fights now occurring across the cloud is a battle for control over managed database services. The trouble is that rather than being a fight between traditional managed service providers, most of the conflict is between database vendors trying to sell managed database services directly.

For example, this week IBM announced it is making available a fully managed Db2 relational database service. Earlier in the week MongoDB announced it is extending its Atlas managed service for deploying instances of its namesake document database to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Level of cloud adoption in the channel reflects IT reality

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 20, 2017 12:10:31 PM

A new “State of the Cloud” report based on a survey of 142 channel partners published by Gorilla Corp., a provider of sales and marketing services for the channel, finds that 65 percent of respondents provide hosted and managed cloud services. In addition, a full 70 percent report they manage and support cloud services.

While that may suggest the channel is aggressively transitioning to the cloud, the survey, conducted in collaboration with Kairos Strategic Consulting, also finds that only 38 percent have more than 50 percent of the services they provide delivered via the cloud. More telling yet, 71 percent say they expect to be selling on-premises IT hardware and software indefinitely. In fact, only 42 percent report they are working with more than four cloud vendors.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

MSP profits should increase as cloud becomes more mysterious

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 15, 2017 4:11:32 PM

There’s an old saying in the channel that wherever there’s mystery there’s profit. Given the level of platform complexity many IT organizations are now trying to navigate, everyone concerned should be generating plenty of MSP profits. Conventional wisdom holds that there’s an inexorable march underway that will result in all application workloads inevitably moving into a public cloud. A new global survey of more than 9,000 organizations published this week by Pure Storage, a provider of Tier 1 storage systems, suggests the truth of the matter is far more nuanced.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

SDS paves path to hybrid cloud storage solutions for MSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 13, 2017 1:53:32 PM

It’s taken much longer than most people initially thought, but it appears software-defined storage (SDS) is finally upon us. While virtual machines have been with us for decades, adoption of virtualization to craft SDS solutions has been comparatively slow. But a new survey of 426 IT professionals conducted by DataCore Software, a provider of storage software, finds that roughly half of the respondents are now moving toward SDS for reasons that range from simplifying storage management to avoiding being locked into a single vendor.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

IoT risk assessments emerge as MSP opportunity

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 8, 2017 12:34:22 PM

With organizations apparently having learned little from the past, it appears most Internet of Things (IoT) projects are moving forward without much forethought being put into cybersecurity. A new survey of 553 executives published by the Shared Assessments Program, an industry standards organization focused on risk assurance, in collaboration with The Ponemon Institute finds that 67 percent of those surveyed are not evaluating IoT security and privacy practices before engaging in a business relationship. A full 77 percent of respondents also admit they are not considering IoT-related risks in their third party due diligence.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

MSPs need to carefully vet digital business transformation projects

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 6, 2017 10:29:43 AM

Digital business transformations are conceptually of interest to IT services providers because it provides an opportunity to tap into funding beyond what’s been allocated in the IT budget. But a series of recently published surveys illustrate just how challenging it is to get business executives to transfigure digital business transformation concepts into an actual plan of action.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

SD-WAN deployments are driving adoption of security appliances

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 1, 2017 3:55:52 PM

It turns out that increased adoption of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) is starting to drive additional demand for security appliances.

An SD-WAN is a type of software-defined network (SDN) that provides a layer of abstraction that makes it possible for a remote office to access applications over a standard Internet connection or leased MPLS line. Standard Internet connections are typically used to access cloud applications such as Microsoft Office 365 without having to backhaul all the network through a corporate data center. Because those remote offices rely on standard Internet connections, a new survey of 350 networking and security professionals conducted by Cato Networks, a provider of software-defined networking and security services, finds that organizations investing in SD-WANs are also deploying security appliances to secure those connections.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

MSPs need to rise to hybrid cloud computing challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 30, 2017 10:19:14 AM

By now just about everyone agrees that public cloud computing platforms are playing a major role in the enterprise. What's less clear is the debate about whether all application workloads will move to the cloud or if hybrid cloud computing is the new natural state of IT affairs.

A new survey of 212 IT decision makers conducted by Peak 10 and Microsoft suggests that the latter perception is starting to win out. A full 61 percent of the respondents said they would intentionally choose a hybrid cloud computing strategy if they were starting from scratch today. Only 16 percent said they are employing hybrid clouds as part of a goal to achieve an all-cloud end.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Majority of companies already falling behind on GDPR compliance

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 25, 2017 1:28:46 PM

There are a little less than 260 working days between now and when the European Union is expected to implement a General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) that among other things fines companies up to 20 million euros or 4 percent of their revenues for willful non-compliance.  The rule is scheduled to take effect May 25, 2018, but a new survey of 225 senior IT security executives in the U.S. and United Kingdom conducted by Guidance Software, a provider of security forensics tools, suggests that as many as a quarter of companies will not be able to meet that deadline. In fact, the survey finds that only 16 percent of the respondents are in an advanced state of GDPR planning.

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Topics: Compliance

Pride goeth before the IT security fall

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 23, 2017 11:47:23 AM

Most organizations are in a state of denial when it comes to IT security. In fact, most of them think they’re doing a good job on IT security even after they’ve been a breached. A new survey of 400 IT leaders in the U.S. and United Kingdom conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of SolarWinds MSP finds that 87 percent of respondents are still confident in the IT security technologies and processes they’ve implemented — even though 71 percent admit they’ve experienced a breach in the past 12 months.

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Topics: Cyber Security

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