Jessica Davis

Executive Editor,
Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton
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
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.
GFI Software Reorganizes, Splitting Across Customer Lines
GFI Software will split into two companies – one that serves the managed services market exclusively and another that serves IT end user companies, General Manager Alistair Forbes announced.
MSPmentor IdeaXchange Debuts
MSPmentor's IdeaXchange offers you insights from the managed service business' top thought leaders. Plus, there may be a way for you to contribute your own insights, too. Check out this new feature here.
GFI Max Expands Community Team with Three Channel Veterans
GFI Max has hired three new channel professionals to enhance its community building efforts and to increase its vendor alliances and integrations, the company has announced. Here are the details.
DataServ Corp. Chooses for Cloud-based Backup and Disaster Recovery
FastChat: DataServ Corp. recently found itself needing to switch cloud backup providers when its current vendor discontinued its service. The company's VP of Network Systems, Jeff Zdan, told MSPmentor what it wanted in a new cloud-based backup and disaster recovery vendor and why fit the bill.
Monitoring MSFT: Retail, Volume License Sales, Free Migration

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (MSFT) may be over for 2014, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still plenty going on behind the scenes at the technology giant. Here’s a look at what managed service providers will want to know about what’s been going on with the Redmond, Washington-based company.

Blogs We Didn't Write, V7.1, Week of August 4
The MSPmentor team (and The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud teams) spent much of this week at ChannelCon in it’s-a-dry-heat Phoenix. We were pretty busy, so there are several posts we never got a chance to write. Here’s what we haven’t covered. Yet.
CompTIA ChannelCon 2014 Complete Coverage Guide
CompTIA's ChannelCon 2014 covered all the hottest topics in the channel this week in Phoenix where industry experts addressed issues including Born in the Channel, Millennials in the workforce and as customers, integrating cloud applications, security in a new era, the Internet of Things, and much more. Here's your complete coverage guide
ChannelCon's Hot Topics: Cloud Sales, Integration, and Pure Plays
What's hot in Phoenix? More than the weather. At this week's ChannelCon the buzz centered around "Born in the Cloud" service providers, Millennials, new sales targets in the executive suite, integrating cloud apps and more. Check out our quick wrap of what you need to know here.
Blogs We Didn't Write, V7.1, Week of July 22
Another busy week is coming to a close for those of us covering the managed services market, cloud services market and the rest of the IT channel. So busy, in fact, that we haven't had time to write all the stories we wanted to. Here are some of the things we missed during the week of July 22, 2014.Another busy week is coming to a close for those of us covering the managed services market, cloud services market and the rest of the IT channel. So busy, in fact, that we haven't had time to write all the stories we wanted to. Here are some of the things we missed.
GFI MAX Conference Preview
GFI MAX will be hosting its annual user conferences over the next few months, including one in the United States in Florida in September. GFI MAX General Manager Dr. Alistair Forbes provided a preview of the upcoming conferences to MSPmentor Executive Editor Jessica Davis.
Monitoring MSFT: WPC 2014, Huge Layoff
Microsoft (MSFT) held its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington DC – the first one with cloud-centric CEO Satya Nadella at the helm of the company talking about the company's mobile and cloud future -- and announced the biggest layoffs in the company’s history last week. So there’s a lot to cover today. Here’s what you should know.
Blogs We Didn’t Write, v7.1, Week of July 14
The MSPmentor team has been heads down for weeks covering industry news and trends, helping out with prepping the big Talkin’ Cloud 100 report that will soon be released (stay tuned) and getting ready for more travel in the weeks ahead. So it’s no surprise that there are plenty of blogs we haven’t had the chance to write lately. Here’s this week’s countdown.
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