7. Managed Application Services: ManageEngine, which develops IT management software for MSPs and corporate IT managers, continues to enhance its Applications Manager. Among the improvements: enhance monitoring support for Java transactions.
6. MSP Expert On the Move: Zetta.net, which provides online backup and disaster recovery solutions, has named Jill Cooper as vice president of sales. Cooper formerly was worldwide VP of inside sales at Nimsoft, the MSP-centric software company that CA Technologies now owns. C00per essentially becomes Zetta.net's channel chief.
5. Expanding Down Under: OS33, which develops a cloud services platform for MSPs, has expanded into Australia. I saw a demo of OS33's cloud platform a few months ago, and quite a few MSPs have embraced OS33's offering since that time.
4. Managed Services Experts: VAR Dynamics, which offers private-label SaaS and cloud business apps through VARs and MSPs, has earned the CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark, a designation that helps customers find trusted managed services partners.
3. Massive Windows 8 Tablets: Apparently, Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. Okay, so perhaps it's better termed a touch-screen TV or touch-screen telepresence system. Either way, it sounds like massive executive touch-screens running Windows 8 are on the way. And I have a hunch InFocus, promoter of the Mondopad, will be involved.
2. IPv6 Launch Day: I hear June 6, 2012, is World IPv6 Launch Day, June 6. It sounds like ISPs and cloud services providers (CSPs) are preparing to permanently enable IPv6. Is World IPv6 launch day a marketing gimmick or a date that MSPs should circle?
1. Top 250 Managed Services Experts: Our fifth-annual MSPmentor 250 survey is now open. Nominate your favorite managed services experts, entrepreneurs, executives, coaches and community leaders. Submit your nominees here: http://www.mspmentor.net/nominations. A few notes:
- Yes, you can nominate yourself.
- No need to stuff the ballot box. One nomination is all it takes for a person to be considered.
- Survey closes July 27, 2012.
- The fifth-annual MSPmentor 250 results will debut in August 2012.
- You're the first to know about the survey. We'll make a more formal announcement on Tuesday, May 29.