MSPmentor - Managed Services & MSP News Blog http://mspmentor.net/rss.xml/xmlrpc.php en SAP to Work With Bosch Connecting Machines, Analyzing Data http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sap-work-bosch-connecting-machines-analyzing-data <div class="field-byline"> Aaron Ricadela | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The goal is to lower costs and improve quality by letting workers pinpoint equipment and see when machines may be about to go down.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sap-work-bosch-connecting-machines-analyzing-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sap-work-bosch-connecting-machines-analyzing-data#comments MSP Mentor Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:41:00 +0000 70211 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com The Cloud Is a Ticket to Trusted Advisor Status http://mspmentor.net/blog/cloud-ticket-trusted-advisor-status <div class="node-body blog-body">MSPs still struggling with how to define their role in the cloud should consider this: Cloud services create an excellent opportunity to up your consulting game and cement your position as IT trusted advisor.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/cloud-ticket-trusted-advisor-status" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/cloud-ticket-trusted-advisor-status#comments Guest Bloggers Cloud cloud vendor IoT MSP relationship StorageCraft trusted advisor relationship MSPmentor Blog Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:12:00 +0000 70201 at http://mspmentor.net Coping With Cloud Outages http://mspmentor.net/coping-cloud-outages <div class="field-content-source"> <span>Content Source:&nbsp;</span> <a href="/mspmentor-0">MSPmentor</a> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="Coping With Cloud Outages " src="http://mspmentor.net/site-files/mspmentor.net/files/uploads/2016/09/Google%20Data%20Center%20in%20Oregon_0.jpg?1474646349" /> </div> </fieldset> <div class="node-body curated_topic-body">Recent outages offer an opportunity to assemble some of the many resources we've curated from the MSPmentor community about selling services around public cloud.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/coping-cloud-outages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:31:00 +0000 70191 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Google&#39;s massive new data facility in Oregon is just the latest&nbsp;</p> <p>One of several massive Google cloud data centers under construction in Oregon.</p> Cloud Outages | Microsoft, Google Downtime Offers Reminder That Cloud Isn't Perfect http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-microsoft-google-downtime-offers-reminder-cloud-isnt-perfect <div class="field-deck"> MSPmentor looks at how MSPs cope with cloud outages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A pair of massive service outages involving two of the largest cloud players this month comes at a time when the industry is arguably on the verge of eradicating lingering concerns about the security or reliability of public cloud.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-microsoft-google-downtime-offers-reminder-cloud-isnt-perfect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-microsoft-google-downtime-offers-reminder-cloud-isnt-perfect#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:18:00 +0000 70141 at http://mspmentor.net Cloud Outages | Stoking Demand for BDR and Business Continuity http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-stoking-demand-bdr-and-business-continuity <div class="field-deck"> MSPmentor looks at how MSPs cope with cloud outages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Unscheduled downtime offers opportunities for MSPs to tap the growing market for managed backup and disaster recovery (BDR), and business continuity expertise. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-stoking-demand-bdr-and-business-continuity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-stoking-demand-bdr-and-business-continuity#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:15:00 +0000 70151 at http://mspmentor.net Cloud Outages | Scrutinize Cloud Agreements http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-scrutinize-cloud-agreements <div class="field-deck"> MSPmentor looks at how MSPs cope with cloud outages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Third-party technology services providers and their customers should be aware that cloud providers typically compensate only for subscription fees, in the event of downtime -- not lost business, data or damage to reputation.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-scrutinize-cloud-agreements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-scrutinize-cloud-agreements#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:08:00 +0000 70161 at http://mspmentor.net Cloud Outages | All Providers Aren’t Created Equal http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-all-providers-aren-t-created-equal <div class="field-deck"> MSPmentor looks at how MSPs cope with cloud outages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Amazon Web Services has led the way in reliability in recent years, with Microsoft recording the most unscheduled downtime among the major cloud players. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-all-providers-aren-t-created-equal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-all-providers-aren-t-created-equal#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0000 70171 at http://mspmentor.net Cloud Outages | View Cloud Uptime and Outages http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-view-cloud-uptime-and-outages <div class="field-deck"> MSPmentor looks at how MSPs cope with cloud outages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">See the latest information about cloud services disruptions for key cloud companies.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-view-cloud-uptime-and-outages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/cloud-outages-view-cloud-uptime-and-outages#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:58:00 +0000 70181 at http://mspmentor.net 5 Ways to Take Your MSP Marketing to the Next Level http://mspmentor.net/blog/5-ways-take-your-msp-marketing-next-level <div class="node-body blog-body">A recent survey estimates that there are 107,368 MSPs, solutions providers, integrators, consultants, and systems builders in the United States. With so much competition going after new business--and maybe after business you already have--it’s important to effectively communicate your MSP’s value proposition to both customers and prospects.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/5-ways-take-your-msp-marketing-next-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/5-ways-take-your-msp-marketing-next-level#comments Guest Bloggers Backup and Disaster Recovery BDR services branded content case studies Intronis marketing marketing campaigns sales goals social MSPmentor Blog Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:42:00 +0000 70131 at http://mspmentor.net How MSPs Can Make the Most of Containers http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/how-msps-can-make-most-containers <div class="field-byline"> Christopher Tozzi </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Products like Docker offer some key advantages to technology services providers who want to deliver the best service to customers at the lowest cost.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/how-msps-can-make-most-containers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/how-msps-can-make-most-containers#comments MSP Mentor Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:40:00 +0000 70121 at http://mspmentor.net If I Were Launching an MSP Now | Vijay Basani http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-vijay-basani <div class="field-byline"> Svetlana Didorenko </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Vijay Basani, co-founder, president and CEO of over of Boston-based EiQ Networks, shares three suggestions he'd apply if he were launching an MSP from scratch today.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-vijay-basani" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-vijay-basani#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000 70101 at http://mspmentor.net <p>Vijay Basani, co-founder, president and CEO of EiQ Networks.</p> Courtesy of EiQ Networks Disaster Recovery - Is Your Business Prepared? http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/disaster-recovery-your-business-prepared <div class="node-body article-body">In this FastChat, Penton Contributing Editor Ryan Morris and Carbonite’s Chris Doggett discuss the many different reasons businesses need to be ready and prepared for disaster recovery. Learn how to arm your business with the right solutions to help customers in the event of data disaster. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/disaster-recovery-your-business-prepared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/disaster-recovery-your-business-prepared#comments FastChat Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:22:00 +0000 70041 at http://mspmentor.net Why IT No Longer has its Head in the Clouds http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/why-it-no-longer-has-its-head-clouds <div class="field-deck"> Many IT managers missed a chance to promote the cloud as a way to meet the company’s broader goals. No longer - but they can use MSPs to lend a welcome helping hand. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Many IT managers missed a chance to promote the cloud as a way to meet the company’s broader goals. No longer - but they can use MSPs to lend a welcome helping hand.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/why-it-no-longer-has-its-head-clouds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/cloud-services/why-it-no-longer-has-its-head-clouds#comments Cloud Services Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:50:00 +0000 70111 at http://mspmentor.net MSPs Report on the State of Ransomware in 2016 http://mspmentor.net/blog/msps-report-state-ransomware-2016-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Today, data serves as the lifeblood of businesses around the world. While many companies go to great lengths to ensure their data is secure and accessible, 2016 gave way to a cyber threat that challenged the safety of their data. </div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/msps-report-state-ransomware-2016-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/msps-report-state-ransomware-2016-0#comments Guest Bloggers Cryptolocker cyber security cyber threat Datto Locky ransomware MSPmentor Blog Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:32:00 +0000 70091 at http://mspmentor.net Real-World Best Practices for Stopping Ransomware http://mspmentor.net/webroot/real-world-best-practices-stopping-ransomware <div class="node-body article-body">In this podcast, Tyler Moffitt, Senior Threat Research Analyst for Webroot will join Ryan Morris, contributing editor for Penton Technology, to discuss the specific steps solution providers can take to protect their customers from ransomware attacks.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/webroot/real-world-best-practices-stopping-ransomware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Webroot Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000 69891 at http://mspmentor.net Getting Customers to Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Cybersecurity http://mspmentor.net/blog/getting-customers-stop-turning-blind-eye-cybersecurity <div class="node-body blog-body">One of the biggest obstacles to good cybersecurity is the failure to recognize its need. MSPs often run into this problem with clients that, whether they realize it or not, operate under the false impression that “it won’t happen to me.”</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/getting-customers-stop-turning-blind-eye-cybersecurity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/getting-customers-stop-turning-blind-eye-cybersecurity#comments Guest Bloggers cybersecurity Managed Security Services phishing security breach StorageCraft MSPmentor Blog Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:18:00 +0000 70071 at http://mspmentor.net Capacity Management, SDDC-Style http://mspmentor.net/blog/capacity-management-sddc-style <div class="node-body blog-body">Capacity planning and management have always been important in the physical data center. Without the tools to ensure that resources match business requirements and growth, it has been easy to overbuy or overprovision capacity just to ensure that a project or division didn’t come up short.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/capacity-management-sddc-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/capacity-management-sddc-style#comments Guest Bloggers capacity planning SDDC server provisioning software-defined data center VMware MSPmentor Blog Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:31:00 +0000 70061 at http://mspmentor.net Salesforce Unveils Artificial Intelligence ‘Einstein’ Service http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-unveils-artificial-intelligence-einstein-service <div class="field-byline"> Brian Womack | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The updates come after the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars on startups with capabilities in the field, along with its own development efforts.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-unveils-artificial-intelligence-einstein-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-unveils-artificial-intelligence-einstein-service#comments MSP Mentor Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:36:00 +0000 70021 at http://mspmentor.net Oracle’s Ellison Takes Shot at Amazon With New Cloud Services http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/oracle-s-ellison-takes-shot-amazon-new-cloud-services <div class="field-byline"> Brian Womack | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Customers won’t need to buy the technology, and can instead subscribe to the service on a monthly basis, just like they would do if they were buying from a distant data center.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/oracle-s-ellison-takes-shot-amazon-new-cloud-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/oracle-s-ellison-takes-shot-amazon-new-cloud-services#comments MSP Mentor Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:13:00 +0000 70011 at http://mspmentor.net Google Releases 'Cloud Tools for PowerShell'… and Other MSP News http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell-and-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 September 12-16.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell-and-other-msp-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell-and-other-msp-news#comments MSP Mentor Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000 70001 at http://mspmentor.net Salesforce Becomes Venture Capital Player http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-becomes-venture-capital-player <div class="field-byline"> Sarah McBride | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After seven years of making investments on behalf of the enterprise software company, its venture arm owns stakes in 11 startups worth $1 billion or more.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-becomes-venture-capital-player" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/salesforce-becomes-venture-capital-player#comments MSP Mentor Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:01:00 +0000 69991 at http://mspmentor.net Best of Breed vs. Closed, Integrated Solutions: The 1990s Called and Want Their Dispute Back http://mspmentor.net/blog/best-breed-vs-closed-integrated-solutions-1990s-called-and-want-their-dispute-back <div class="node-body blog-body">On the one hand, the old story goes, you invest in point solutions that are the best fit for your business’s particular needs, but then pay the price with suboptimal integration and interoperability between and among these technologies. On the other hand, you bite the bullet and commit to one vendor’s offerings. That way, you sacrifice the "best fit" but can be confident that the systems all work together seamlessly. This old model is particularly treacherous in an MSP 2.0 world, where you can’t afford to get locked into a closed technology community.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/best-breed-vs-closed-integrated-solutions-1990s-called-and-want-their-dispute-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/best-breed-vs-closed-integrated-solutions-1990s-called-and-want-their-dispute-back#comments Guest Bloggers closed integrated systems ERP kaseya open systems software suite technology ecosystems MSPmentor Blog Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:47:00 +0000 69981 at http://mspmentor.net Google Releases 'Cloud Tools for PowerShell' http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell <div class="node-body article-body">The product is the latest in a push by major cloud players for interoperability that enables users to mange any platform from anywhere with any tools.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/google-releases-cloud-tools-powershell#comments MSP Mentor Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:43:00 +0000 69971 at http://mspmentor.net If I Were Launching an MSP Now | Michael Thannert http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-michael-thannert <div class="field-byline"> Svetlana Didorenko </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The founder and CEO of Minneapolis-based Whizkids, shares three suggestions he'd apply if he were launching an MSP from scratch today.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-michael-thannert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/if-i-were-launching-msp-now-michael-thannert#comments MSP Mentor Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000 69881 at http://mspmentor.net <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Michael&nbsp;</span>Thannert<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">, Founder and CEO of&nbsp;</span>Whizkids</p> Internet of Things Starts With Hot Dogs for Deutsche Telekom http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/internet-things-starts-hot-dogs-deutsche-telekom <div class="field-byline"> Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While gee-whiz gadgets like drones and self-driving cars steal headlines, the Bonn-based carrier is trying to seize the Internet of Things opportunity in industries like construction and health care, hooking machines to the web so they can work more efficiently.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/internet-things-starts-hot-dogs-deutsche-telekom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/internet-things-starts-hot-dogs-deutsche-telekom#comments MSP Mentor Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:16:00 +0000 69871 at http://mspmentor.net Thinkstockphotos.com Avoiding Managed Cloud Vendor Lock-In http://mspmentor.net/blog/avoiding-managed-cloud-vendor-lock <div class="node-body blog-body">The vendor you love on Day 1 simply might not meet your needs 12 months down the line.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/avoiding-managed-cloud-vendor-lock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/avoiding-managed-cloud-vendor-lock#comments Guest Bloggers NaviSite vendor breakup vendor lock-in MSPmentor Blog Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:17:00 +0000 69791 at http://mspmentor.net Guest Blog: Move to SDDC Requires Careful Management of Personnel, Process Changes http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-move-sddc-requires-careful-management-personnel-process-changes <div class="node-body blog-body">Moving to a software-defined data center (SDDC) requires many changes for businesses processes throughout an organization. MSPs can play an important role in helping customers manage that change.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-move-sddc-requires-careful-management-personnel-process-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/blog/guest-blog-move-sddc-requires-careful-management-personnel-process-changes#comments Guest Bloggers Cloud SDDC VMware MSPmentor Blog Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:30:00 +0000 69781 at http://mspmentor.net Eliminate Complexity and Capture Real Value from Backup Services http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/real-value-backup-services <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Commvault </div> <div class="node-body article-body">October 20th, 2016 @ 2 pm ET</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/real-value-backup-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSP Mentor Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:13:00 +0000 70051 at http://mspmentor.net What’s Different about MAX Backup and Your Approach to the Challenge http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/what-s-different-about-max-backup-and-your-approach-challenge <div class="node-body article-body">In this FastChat, Penton Contributing Editor Ryan Morris and LOGICnow’s Chris Groot discuss the many different ways to backup customers data, and how MAX Backup allows for further efficiency and added simplicity.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/what-s-different-about-max-backup-and-your-approach-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/fastchat/what-s-different-about-max-backup-and-your-approach-challenge#comments FastChat Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:22:00 +0000 69681 at http://mspmentor.net SonicWALL Partner Calms Customers Amid M&A Turbulence… and Other MSP News http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sonicwall-partner-calms-customers-amid-ma-turbulence-and-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 September 6-9.</div> <p><a href="http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sonicwall-partner-calms-customers-amid-ma-turbulence-and-other-msp-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/sonicwall-partner-calms-customers-amid-ma-turbulence-and-other-msp-news#comments MSP Mentor Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000 69771 at http://mspmentor.net