Jessica Davis

Executive Editor,
Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton
GridVision to Launch Disruptively Priced SaaS-based IT Management Platform for MSPs
New York-based GridVision is launching a new multi-tenant automation and IT management platform with disruptive pricing designed for small- and mid-sized businesses and for managed service providers (MSPs). MSPmentor spoke with CEO and co-founder Christian Ehrenthal and Product Manager Neil Karnik to get the details.
MAXfocus: Focusing on Managed Security Services
IT security has moved to the very top of priority list for customers recently in the wake of significant high-profile security breaches. MAXfocus (formerly known as GFI MAX) told attendees at its recent MSP conferences that it would put an even greater focus on security services going forward. MSPmentor recently spoke with MAXfocus General Manager Alistair Forbes to dive deeper into the trends around IT security and how MSPs can help their customers.
Call for Entries: 2014 MSP 250 -- Most Influential People in Managed Services
The managed service provider industry is populated by so many smart, innovative men and women. Each year MSPmentor recognizes the most influential executives, entrepreneurs and experts in our MSP250 list. Nominations for the 2014 list are now open. Here are the details.
2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
HP to Split into Enterprise, Personal System Companies
Will HP's plan to split into two companies -- one selling server-side, storage, networking and cloud and the other selling personal systems and printing technologies -- help the company find its Way again? Here's why the split that HP announced is the smartest move the company has made in years.
LogMeIn Rescue's Benefits for MSPs
LogMeIn Director of Products Peter Zeinoun talks to MSPmentor about LogMeIn Rescue, a support tool MSPs can use without needing to deploy anything on the remote PC.
Kaseya 8 Enhances Cloud App Management, User Authentication
Kaseya has released version 8 of its remote monitoring and management platform, enhancing security and cloud management functions. Here are the details.
Monitoring MSFT: Azure Price Cuts, NYC Microsoft Store, Office 365
Microsoft has cut Azure prices. Again. And the company is planning to make its online productivity suite Office 365 more social. Plus, look for the grand opening of a new Microsoft Store in NYC soon. All that and more on this week's Monitoring MSFT.
Blogs We Didn't Write, V7.1, Week of Sept. 22
Now that fall is here it seems like every week is super busy, and this week has been no exception. Our blogger Dan Kobialka spent the beginning of the week covering the Continuum Navigate 2014 conference in Boston for you. But there are a number of blogs we didn't have time to write this week. Here's your list.
N-able Releases Managed Services Pricing Guide 1
Pricing managed services is one of the most important decisions an MSP can make with actions directly impacting both profitability and competitive standing. Recognizing the challenge, N-able by SolarWinds this week announced the launch of its 2014 Managed Services Pricing Guide.
Monitoring MSFT: More Layoffs, Free Tech Support, Windows 9 Preview
Microsoft news was overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 6 announcement last week. So it was a good time for MSFT to talk about new layoffs. Plus, news on the company's free tech support offer at Microsoft Store and Windows 9 gets slated for a technical preview. That and more in this week's Monitoring MSFT.
Looking for Great Hires? Check Out These Candidates
One of the biggest complaints and concerns of businesses in the channel seems like it’s always been finding the right people to hire. Finding quality talent is a challenge, even in a tight economy, and when you are a small business, every dollar counts and you don’t want to make a mistake. Here's how one MSP found a pool of prescreened, motivated and trained professionals.
Monitoring MSFT: Why Minecraft Matters; Azure Migration Tools, Calculators
Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired Mojang, the Swedish company that owns the highly popular open source game Minecraft for an estimated $2.5 billion. What does the purchase indicate about Microsoft’s strategy? What does it mean, if anything, for partners? And what other Microsoft news should IT service providers watch this week? Here’s the briefing.
Managed Services: Blogs We Didn't Write, V7.1, Week of Sept. 8
Vacations are over, kids are back at school and the autumn managed service provider conference schedule is back in full swing. Of course that means we don’t have time to write all the blogs we should have this week. So here are seven of them we didn’t have time to do.
Still Got Zenith Infotech Devices? Time to Migrate 4
Zenith Infotech has informed its managed services partners that it will end support for its data backup and disaster recovery devices by mid-October. The bright side? There are plenty of BDR vendors who would be happy to help you migrate.
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