MSPs stand to benefit most from rise of multi-cloud computing

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 6, 2017 1:53:46 PM

At this point, it’s no secret that Microsoft has been gaining some ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the public cloud. But new survey data from 451 Research suggests that both Google and IBM are picking up momentum as well.

The 451 Research survey of 700 IT professionals finds that AWS remains top dog in the public cloud, with 56 percent of respondents relying on AWS for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). But AWS is starting to fall behind in two important categories.

Read More

Topics: Cloud Trends

VMware throws in towel on its vCloud Air public cloud business

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 6, 2017 1:17:19 PM

VMware popularized the idea of a virtual machine and forever changed the face of IT. But, when the industry began to move away from private data centers and toward the public cloud, VMware saw the future, and decided to start a public cloud business of its own.

Read More

Topics: Cloud Trends

Vulnerabilities beyond phishing: Why SMBs need to be cautious

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Apr 5, 2017 11:35:49 AM

Did you know that the average worker gets 121 emails a day? With so many emails pouring into inboxes, it’s no wonder that phishing attacks are successful. Not only are workers tirelessly keeping up with answering their emails, but the attacks themselves are becoming more sophisticated—and they prey on tired employees who, without thinking, click on the malicious link or attachment.

Read More

Topics: Cyber Security

How the rise of SD-WANs benefits MSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 4, 2017 10:13:34 AM

Most managed services providers aren't strangers to providing network services. But thanks to increased interest in software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) more innovation is now occurring at the edge of the network than at any time in the recent memory of most MSPs.

Historically, the branch office inside most organizations has been served by routers augmented by WAN optimization appliances and stateful firewalls. That approach, however, created something of a kludge at the edge of the network. IT organizations were happy to have somebody manage it all on their behalf. But the costs associated with managing each individual device using a command line interface (CLI) made it a challenge for MSPs to profitably deliver those services.

Read More

Topics: IT Services Trends

Ask Intronis: How can I leverage my vendors for marketing help?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Apr 3, 2017 8:16:00 AM

Q: As a smaller MSP, our MSP marketing budget is tight. We have all these ideas for lead generation campaigns, but not enough funding to tackle them all. How can I leverage my vendors for help with either marketing development funds (MDF) or tools to help us carry out different campaigns? 

You are certainly not alone. Many other IT service providers are trying to balance a tight budget while still trying to drive their lead generation and marketing efforts. Luckily, there are vendors who can help—either with rebrandable campaigns and templates you can use with your customers, or marketing development funds built into their partner enablement program. Truth is, most vendors want you to be successful, and they’re right there waiting to help. You just need to engage them.

To give you tips on how to navigate partner enablement tools and funds, we spoke with Lindsay Faria, the director of partner marketing at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda. Lindsay works tirelessly with our partners to deliver a variety of resources for them to leverage in their own marketing. Here’s her advice on how MSPs can leverage their existing vendor relationships to grow their businesses. 

Read More

Topics: Ask Intronis

[Video] Real MSPs share their best backup tips for World Backup Day

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 31, 2017 12:33:29 PM

Happy World Backup Day! How are you celebrating? Here at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda, we've been preparing for the big day by talking to our MSP partners and asking them to share their best backup tips. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Read More

Topics: Cloud Backup and Recovery

Tech Time Warp: Google, King of April Fools’ Day

Posted by Kate Johanns on Mar 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

No doubt those Google tricksters are planning extra-special surprises this year, so consider this fair warning not to believe anything online April 1. In honor of April Fools’ Day, here’s a look at some of Google’s most memorable pranks.

2000: Mentalplex

Google’s first April Fools’ joke was Mentalplex, the “only search engine that accurately returns results without requiring you to enter a query,” designed to be “safer than traditional searching because it eliminates the need for typing.” (The Mentalplex FAQs are worth a read.)

Read More

Topics: Tech Time Warp

Cloud 5: Cloud goes to school, Microsoft's cloud challenge

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 31, 2017 10:34:16 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.

Read More

Topics: The Cloud 5

Communications service providers make slow but steady cloud transition

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 30, 2017 9:59:02 AM

A new global survey of 137 IT decision makers that work for a range of communications service providers finds that the majority are embracing cloud infrastructure to deliver their next generation of services. But even though it may be less expensive to employ public cloud service providers, a full 59 percent of the respondents to the survey conducted by Oracle say they would prefer to maintain control over both their hardware and software even if it winds up being less flexible.

Read More

Topics: IT Services Trends

The MSP’s Bookshelf: The Art of Intrusion

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Mar 29, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Security can be a challenge. One unprotected port, one unchanged default password, or even one improperly configured item can leave businesses open to vulnerabilities and breaches. With so much to safeguard, it can be easy to miss the one small thing that could leave a crack in the wall. But hackers are persistent, and they’ll keep trying until they finally find the vulnerability you overlooked. “The adage is true that the security systems have to win every time, the attacker has to win once” says Dustin Dykes; a security consultant interviewed in the book by Kevin Mitnick.  

To keep systems protected and business-critical data safe, MSPs and their SMB customers need to truly understand how hackers and social engineers think. To get inside the head of these cyber criminals, I recently read “The Art of Intrusion” by Kevin Mitnick. When he was hacker nicknamed Condor back in the ’90s, Kevin hacked numerous organizations like IBM, Motorola, and even the Pentagon. After getting caught and serving jail time, he turned over a new leaf and now acts as a trusted cybersecurity consultant. In his book, Kevin dives into stories of hackers who have spilled their secrets, and he shares his advice on what businesses can do to mitigate cybersecurity risks.

Read More

Topics: Cyber Security

Which Data Loss Gremlin Is Targeting You
MSP Health Check
MSP Phishing Quiz
Intronis Local Lunches
MSP Marketing Assessment