MSPmentor - Managed Services & MSP News Blog http://mspmentor.net/rss.xml en Cyber-Attackers Renege After Hospital Pays Ransom http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cyber-attackers-renege-after-hospital-pays-ransom <div class="node-body article-body">The Wichita, Kan., crime appears to be the first public case where the perpetrators failed to release the data despite being paid.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cyber-attackers-renege-after-hospital-pays-ransom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cyber-attackers-renege-after-hospital-pays-ransom#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 26 May 2016 20:20:00 +0000 66221 at http://mspmentor.net When it Comes to the Cloud, SDDC Shouldn’t be a Four-Letter Word http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/when-it-comes-cloud-sddc-shouldn-t-be-four-letter-word <div class="field-deck"> As the data center becomes more defined by software, businesses face new complexity. But many IT organizations don’t have the expertise to navigate the transition to a software-defined data center and that leaves an opening for managed services providers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As the data center becomes more defined by software, businesses face new complexity. But many IT organizations don’t have the expertise to navigate the transition to a software-defined data center and that leaves an opening for managed services providers.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/when-it-comes-cloud-sddc-shouldn-t-be-four-letter-word" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/when-it-comes-cloud-sddc-shouldn-t-be-four-letter-word#comments Cloud Services Thu, 26 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000 66231 at http://mspmentor.net Your Stealth Sales Force: Happy Evangelists Who Sing Your Praises to Everyone and Anyone http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/your-stealth-sales-force-happy-evangelists-who-sing-your-praises-everyone-and-anyon <div class="field-deck"> How to effectively leverage gregarious friends to help increase your sales </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Many MSPs have grown healthy, sustainable businesses using nothing more than word-of-mouth. You can, too.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/your-stealth-sales-force-happy-evangelists-who-sing-your-praises-everyone-and-anyon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/your-stealth-sales-force-happy-evangelists-who-sing-your-praises-everyone-and-anyon#comments Managed Services Thu, 26 May 2016 16:04:00 +0000 66211 at http://mspmentor.net Q&A with CDL Keynote and Book Author, Inder Sidhu http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/qa-cdl-keynote-and-book-author-inder-sidhu <div class="node-body article-body">We caught up with Inder Sidhu, a former Cisco SVP and author of "The Digital Revolution," to discuss how the IoT is fundamentally changing the channel as we know it.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/qa-cdl-keynote-and-book-author-inder-sidhu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/qa-cdl-keynote-and-book-author-inder-sidhu#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 23:48:00 +0000 66201 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Inder Sidhu</p> Smart City Spotlight: Barcelona http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-barcelona <div class="field-byline"> Nicole Henderson | Talkin&#039; Cloud </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When it comes to smart cities, Barcelona is often held up as a prime example of how well they can work.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-barcelona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-barcelona#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 23:22:00 +0000 66191 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Dawn in Barcelona, Spain.</p> Thinkstockphotos.com Smart City Spotlight: Chicago http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-chicago <div class="field-byline"> Michael Cusanelli | The VAR Guy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Chicago is one of America's foremost examples of how smart cities can positively impact the lives of residents by monitoring traffic patterns, increasing air quality and reducing electricity consumption.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-chicago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/smart-city-spotlight-chicago#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 23:07:00 +0000 66181 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Chicago, Ill.</p> Thinkstockphotos.com A Distributor’s View: Eight IoT Takeaways from SYNNEX http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/distributor-s-view-eight-iot-takeaways-synnex <div class="field-byline"> Kris Blackmon | The VAR Guy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities is a big focus for distribution giant SYNNEX this year. The VAR Guy caught up with some of the company’s key executives to see what’s exciting to them about everything IoT.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/distributor-s-view-eight-iot-takeaways-synnex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/distributor-s-view-eight-iot-takeaways-synnex#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 22:57:00 +0000 66171 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Spiceworks: Wearables Are Top IoT Security Concern http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/spiceworks-wearables-are-top-iot-security-concern <div class="field-byline"> Michael Cusanelli | The VAR Guy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wearables are the next big threat to enterprise IT security – and most organizations don’t have the training to protect themselves from IoT-borne attacks, according to a new study from Spiceworks.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/spiceworks-wearables-are-top-iot-security-concern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/spiceworks-wearables-are-top-iot-security-concern#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:00 +0000 66161 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Public Transit a Huge Growth Opportunity for the Channel http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/public-transit-huge-growth-opportunity-channel <div class="field-byline"> Kris Blackmon | The VAR Guy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), many new companies are sprouting up to help advance smart cities initiatives. With its multiplicity of platforms, systems, applications and data points, the public transit sector is ripe for the kinds of innovation that IoT can bring.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/public-transit-huge-growth-opportunity-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/public-transit-huge-growth-opportunity-channel#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 22:31:00 +0000 66151 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com IoT Past and Present: The History of IoT, and Where It's Headed Today http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/iot-past-and-present-history-iot-and-where-its-headed-today <div class="field-byline"> Christopher Tozzi </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The history of the modern Internet of Things (IoT) dates back to the 1990s, yet IoT has evolved hugely since then, thanks especially to the cloud.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/iot-past-and-present-history-iot-and-where-its-headed-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/iot-past-and-present-history-iot-and-where-its-headed-today#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 22:08:00 +0000 66141 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com A Note from T.C. Doyle: The Internet of Things and You http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/note-tc-doyle-internet-things-and-you <div class="node-body article-body">To help you better understand the trend, the editors at The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin' Cloud and The WHIR pooled our efforts to create this editorial calendar package devoted to the IoT and you.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/note-tc-doyle-internet-things-and-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/note-tc-doyle-internet-things-and-you#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 21:43:00 +0000 66131 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Special Report: The Internet of Things and You http://mspmentor.net/special-report-internet-things-and-you <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="Special Report: The Internet of Things and You" src="http://mspmentor.net/site-files/mspmentor.net/files/uploads/2016/05/Editorial%20Theme%20Art_April_Channel_4PISCES%20sites.png?1464226402" /> </div> </fieldset> <div class="node-body curated_topic-body">A Penton Technology Channel Group special package on opportunities selling the Internet of Things</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/special-report-internet-things-and-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 May 2016 21:28:00 +0000 66121 at http://mspmentor.net Start of Hurricane Season a Good Time to Talk BDR with Clients http://mspmentor.net/blog/start-hurricane-season-good-time-talk-bdr-clients <div class="node-body blog-body">Springtime is a time for flowers, leaves on trees and new grass – a manifestation of nature’s own recycling program – but it also marks the beginning of weather patterns that can create less-inviting scenarios. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/start-hurricane-season-good-time-talk-bdr-clients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/start-hurricane-season-good-time-talk-bdr-clients#comments Guest Bloggers backup Backup and Disaster Recovery BDR cloud-based data backup service Hurricane season StorageCraft MSPmentor Blog Wed, 25 May 2016 19:27:00 +0000 66111 at http://mspmentor.net Four Tips for Improving Application Performance Management http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/four-tips-improving-application-performance-management <div class="node-body article-body">Experts at Logicalis say ensuring proper application performance is increasingly important in an age of hybrid computing and software-defined enterprises.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/four-tips-improving-application-performance-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/four-tips-improving-application-performance-management#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 25 May 2016 13:53:00 +0000 66101 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Announcing the New MSPmentor 501: 2016 Small Business Edition http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/announcing-new-mspmentor-501-2016-small-business-edition <div class="node-body article-body">The latest list, a component of the MSPmentor 501 Worldwide Ranking, includes the Top 100 MSPs with 15 or fewer employees. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/announcing-new-mspmentor-501-2016-small-business-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/announcing-new-mspmentor-501-2016-small-business-edition#comments MSP Mentor Tue, 24 May 2016 17:28:00 +0000 66091 at http://mspmentor.net 2 Ways to Boost Your Office 365 Sales Revenue http://mspmentor.net/blog/2-ways-boost-your-office-365-sales-revenue <div class="node-body blog-body">Selling cloud-based IT solutions continues to be a serious challenge for some MSPs, especially those used to $10,000 Small Business Server and Exchange projects with monthly managed and professional services added on.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/2-ways-boost-your-office-365-sales-revenue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/2-ways-boost-your-office-365-sales-revenue#comments Guest Bloggers backup backup and recovery cloud-based IT solutions CSP data protectio Excel Exchange Intronis IT operations Microsoft Advisor Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Office 365 Outlook security service level agreement Small Business Server Word MSPmentor Blog Tue, 24 May 2016 13:51:00 +0000 66081 at http://mspmentor.net Fighting Ransomware with a Sound Data Backup Strategy http://mspmentor.net/blog/fighting-ransomware-sound-data-backup-strategy <div class="node-body blog-body">Ransomware has become such a prevalent threat that the Los Angeles Times suggested in a March 8 article that “2016 is shaping up as the year of ransomware.”</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/fighting-ransomware-sound-data-backup-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/fighting-ransomware-sound-data-backup-strategy#comments Guest Bloggers backup Backup and Disaster Recovery BDR cloud-based backup solutions cyberattack cybercriminals malware phishing detection ransomware StorageCraft MSPmentor Blog Mon, 23 May 2016 20:28:00 +0000 66051 at http://mspmentor.net Strategic Channel Alliance: An Emerging Partnership Type in the Channel http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/strategic-channel-alliance-emerging-partnership-type-channel <div class="field-byline"> Theresa Caragol </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A union between Datapipe and Equinix points to a growing trend among channel companies.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/strategic-channel-alliance-emerging-partnership-type-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/strategic-channel-alliance-emerging-partnership-type-channel#comments MSP Mentor Fri, 20 May 2016 19:05:00 +0000 66031 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Guest Blog: Top Reasons Why MSPs Need to Consider Hyper-Convergence http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-top-reasons-why-msps-need-consider-hyper-convergence <div class="node-body blog-body">IT infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation, thanks to developments such as software-defined networks, as-a-service models and hyper-convergence. The ultimate goal of this transformation is to centralize and automate as many functions as possible.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-top-reasons-why-msps-need-consider-hyper-convergence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-top-reasons-why-msps-need-consider-hyper-convergence#comments Cloud Services Guest Bloggers automation business agility central application management centralized management hyper-converged infrastructure hyperconverged soluton hyperconvergence infrastructure management infrastructure monitoring virtual SAN VMware MSPmentor Blog Fri, 20 May 2016 15:39:00 +0000 66011 at http://mspmentor.net Prepare for Growth by Becoming a Next-Gen MSP http://mspmentor.net/blog/prepare-growth-becoming-next-gen-msp <div class="node-body blog-body">Today’s MSPs are presented with unprecedented growth opportunities, but some cannot take take full advantage because they still depend on dangerously outdated technology solutions and business practices. That’s why forward-thinking MSPs are embracing next-generation security strategies that work toward their goal of becoming a profitable next-generation MSP.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/prepare-growth-becoming-next-gen-msp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/prepare-growth-becoming-next-gen-msp#comments Guest Bloggers automation tool client uptime cloud-based solution cybercrime cybercriminals endpoint protection full sp multi-tentant management next-gen malware psa reference architecture revenue growth RMM support apps technology standardization webroot Fri, 20 May 2016 13:15:00 +0000 66001 at http://mspmentor.net MSPmentor 501: 2016 Global Edition -- Worldwide Company Rankings http://mspmentor.net/node/65661 <div class="node-body article-body">Welcome to the MSPmentor 501: 2016 Edition. Here you will find the rankings of the top managed service providers and IT service providers in the world for 2016. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/node/65661" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/node/65661#comments MSP Mentor Top 100 MSPs Silver Thu, 19 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000 65661 at http://mspmentor.net <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">The&nbsp;</span>MSPmentor<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;501 is our ranking of the world&#39;s top managed services providers.</span></p> A Simple MSP Trick to Fund Infinite Growth with Cloud Services http://mspmentor.net/blog/simple-msp-trick-fund-infinite-growth-cloud-services <div class="node-body blog-body">Nearly every small business is faced with a cash flow shortage at one point or another. For many MSPs, it is a common recurring problem. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/simple-msp-trick-fund-infinite-growth-cloud-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/simple-msp-trick-fund-infinite-growth-cloud-services#comments Guest Bloggers Artisan Infrastruture business loan cash flow shortage credit card payment terms private Equity venture capital workspace as a service MSPmentor Blog Thu, 19 May 2016 17:41:00 +0000 65991 at http://mspmentor.net TSP 2020: A New Way to Look at the MSP and VAR Market http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/tsp-2020-new-way-look-msp-and-var-market <div class="field-deck"> Clarity Channel Advisors has devised an index for assessing company potential </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the innovations that Clarity has developed, the Clarity Total Service Provider (TSP) Index, piqued our interest so much that we decided to make it a part of the 2016 MSP 501 study.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/tsp-2020-new-way-look-msp-and-var-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/tsp-2020-new-way-look-msp-and-var-market#comments Managed Services Thu, 19 May 2016 17:03:00 +0000 65971 at http://mspmentor.net How The 2016 MSP 501 Stacks Up http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/how-2016-msp-501-stacks <div class="field-deck"> A look at the methodology </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the interest of transparency and quality improvement, we decided to pull back the covers on what makes the MSP 501 the unique measurement that it is today.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/how-2016-msp-501-stacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/managed-services/how-2016-msp-501-stacks#comments Managed Services Thu, 19 May 2016 16:24:00 +0000 65961 at http://mspmentor.net Welcome to the 2016 MSP 501 http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/welcome-2016-msp-501 <div class="node-body article-body">Better quality, more transparency and greater applicability for all.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/welcome-2016-msp-501" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/welcome-2016-msp-501#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 19 May 2016 15:50:00 +0000 65941 at http://mspmentor.net <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">The&nbsp;</span>MSPmentor<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;501 is our&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">ranking of the world&#39;s top managed services providers.</span></p> Security Is No Longer the Top Cloud Challenge http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/security-no-longer-top-cloud-challenge <div class="field-deck"> While security remains a top concern, it’s not the only challenge MSPs must grapple with as more organizations shift more workloads to the cloud. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While security remains a top concern, it’s not the only challenge MSPs must grapple with as more organizations shift more workloads to the cloud.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/security-no-longer-top-cloud-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/security-no-longer-top-cloud-challenge#comments Cloud Services Thu, 19 May 2016 15:36:00 +0000 65921 at http://mspmentor.net Vietnam Success Foiling Hack Shows Risk of Swift Connection http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/vietnam-success-foiling-hack-shows-risk-swift-connection <div class="field-byline"> John Boudreau | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Authorities have linked the malware used in three high-profile cyber-attacks, including breaches at Sony and an $81 million bank heist.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/vietnam-success-foiling-hack-shows-risk-swift-connection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/vietnam-success-foiling-hack-shows-risk-swift-connection#comments MSP Mentor Tue, 17 May 2016 23:29:00 +0000 65651 at http://mspmentor.net <p>The Ho Chi Minh City skyline.</p> Thinkstockphotos.com Google Ramps Up Channel Effort http://mspmentor.net/blog/google-ramps-channel-effort <div class="node-body blog-body">Google is the latest firm to make a big push into channel.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/google-ramps-channel-effort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/google-ramps-channel-effort#comments MSP Mentor MSPmentor Blog Tue, 17 May 2016 17:54:00 +0000 65641 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Google is making a push into channel by stepping-up it&#39;s partner program.</p> CompTIA Launches Tool to Help MSPs With Client Relations http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/comptia-launches-tool-help-msps-client-relations <div class="node-body article-body">The Managed Services Client Lifecycle is designed to help MSPs run their businesses more effectively.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/comptia-launches-tool-help-msps-client-relations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/comptia-launches-tool-help-msps-client-relations#comments MSP Mentor Tue, 17 May 2016 00:53:00 +0000 65631 at http://mspmentor.net <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Built as an&nbsp;</span>infographic<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">, the Managed Services Client Lifecycle tool&nbsp;allows&nbsp;</span>MSPs<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;to visualize each stage of the customer lifecycle, and offers information about essential steps required to manage the relationship effectively.</span></p> Sophos Launches New Security Program...and Other MSP News http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sophos-launches-new-security-programand-other-msp-news <div class="node-body gallery-body">From product releases to perspectives in the field, here's a recap of top headlines from the week of May 9-13.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sophos-launches-new-security-programand-other-msp-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sophos-launches-new-security-programand-other-msp-news#comments MSP Mentor Mon, 16 May 2016 18:37:00 +0000 65621 at http://mspmentor.net