Microsoft scores valuable cloud usage data with Cloudyn acquisition

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 6, 2017 1:01:00 PM

When Microsoft acquired Cloudyn last week, an Israeli startup that helps companies understand and optimize usage across clouds, it got more than just the technology and the employees, it purchased access to a treasure trove of valuable data.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Azure, Acquisitions

Demand for external GDPR expertise needs more time to build

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 6, 2017 10:44:26 AM

As the deadline grows closer for complying with the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) being put into effect May 25, 2018, by the European Union, there’s a marked difference in attitudes between IT organizations in Europe and in the U.S. concerning the need to rely on third-party expertise. 

A survey of 779 IT professionals based in Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. conducted by Spiceworks, an online community of IT professionals, finds that 46 percent of the respondents based in Europe are likely to rely on third-party consultants for help with GDPR compliance. In contrast, the survey finds only 33 percent of the respondents based in the United Kingdom plan to do so, and among respondents based in the U.S. that number drops to 29 percent.

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Topics: Compliance

The cloud is in desperate need of a makeover

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Apparently, the cloud needs a makeover. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a new survey of 300 IT professionals conducted by Fugue, Inc., a provider of management software for public and private clouds.

A full 96 percent of the respondents said cloud computing needs a makeover due to a variety of issues, including a need to make it simpler to use (33 percent), easier to secure (29 percent); easier to control costs (13 percent), and simpler to manage (10 percent).

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Ask Intronis: What’s the next big ransomware threat on the horizon?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jul 3, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Q: I only had one customer who was affected by last month’s WannaCry attack. Moving forward, we want to continue to be proactive in keeping our customers safe. What is the next big ransomware variant on the horizon, and what can we do to protect our SMBs against it?

It’s certainly hard to predict what the next big ransomware attack will be, which is why it’s important to have technical safeguards in place for your SMB customers.  With the recent NotPetya attack surfacing, it appears that ransomware won’t be taking a break anytime soon, so you need to educate your customers about ransomware now.

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Topics: Ask Intronis

Tech Time Warp: The Pikachu virus is not your friend

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jun 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It sounds so innocent: An email appears in your inbox, subject line “Pikachu Pokemon.” The message speaks of friendship and invites you to visit Pikachu on his website. And the attachment (warning bells going off yet?) features an animation of a bouncing Pikachu.

Yeah. As children discovered during summer 2000, Pikachu is not always your friend.

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Topics: Tech Time Warp

Cloud 5: Cisco's big bet, Wal-Mart's big threat

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 30, 2017 9:31:21 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.

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Box and Microsoft's friendship is not as strange as it might seem

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 29, 2017 1:27:57 PM

Box and Microsoft announced a new partnership this week. It's not the first time these crazy kids have hooked up, but it's certainly a curious and complicated relationship.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

MSPs need to be on the frontline of any ransomware defense

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 29, 2017 6:48:43 AM

While there is still much unknown about the latest wave of Petya/GoldenEye ransomware attacks, it's all too clear that organizations that don’t keep pace with the latest patches are being targeted faster than ever. It used to take cybercriminals a fair amount of time to develop the malware required to take advantage of a specific exploit. Now thanks to access to advanced tools developed by intelligence agencies that make it possible for cybercriminals to weaponize malware faster, this latest series of ransomware is targeting an exploit that Microsoft made patches available for just over a month ago in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack. Given the rate at which most organizations roll out patch updates, it’s a wonder more systems haven't been affected.

Microsoft says it's continuing to investigate the extent of the most recent threat, so it’s unclear whether additional emergency patches will be forthcoming or not. Either way, many organizations have a pressing need to apply available patches immediately. Because the patch management processes in place within most organizations are inherently flawed, however, there will continue to be organizations that fall victim to these types of ransomware attacks.

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Topics: Ransomware

The MSP’s Bookshelf: Surge

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 28, 2017 11:44:00 AM

Just like the ocean, the IT landscape is constantly shifting. Are you ready to ride the wave to success? Timing is everything, especially when it comes to poising your MSP for the next big trend in the industry.

Multiple revenue-generating opportunities are popping up, such as managing digital business transformation projects, supporting more environments in the cloud, and securing the Internet of Things (IoT). However, determining which activity can generate the most revenue might pose a problem for your MSP.

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Topics: MSP Marketing

Case Study: MSP-friendly pricing for BDR and security wins over UK firm

Posted by Jason Howells on Jun 28, 2017 11:05:11 AM

Did you know that Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda offers predictable monthly pricing for BDR and security so managed service providers can simplify their pricing strategy and account management? No more playing guessing games with your budget or wrestling with uncertainty over varying costs each month.

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Topics: Intronis ECHOplatform

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