Amid the recent Oklahoma and Texas tornadoes, disaster recovery (DR) software provider StorageCraft Technology is offering its StorageCraft ShadowProtect IT Edition free to businesses and non-profit organizations in the region.read more
Dave O'Callaghan joins the virtualization behemoth following a 12-year stint leading Cisco's sales and distribution.
Storage vendor NetApp hails its FlexPod growth despite an annual and Q4 profit dip.
Kaspersky Lab is once again revving to move further into virtualization markets with the launch of its Kaspersky Security for Virtualization-Light Agent geared for Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop, a move that, among other things, opens doors for the firm's upmarket ambitions.
Acumatica, a provider of ERP app software in the cloud, said its offerings are simple to set up and manage and run entirely within the browser.
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Disaster recovery (DR) software provider StorageCraft Technology Corp. is offering its StorageCraft ShadowProtect IT Edition free of charge for a limited time to regions affected by recent tornadoes.read more
Information technology (IT) company Center for Computer Resources (CCR) recently acquired business technology solutions company Power IT, LLC to generate additional growth for both of these Michigan-based companies.read more
BrightGauge is extending its cloud-based business intelligence service into a platform that MSPs can use to look inside the metrics of their own businesses. read more
When SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies, critics wondered if N-able would abandon its on-premises MSP software in favor of a pure cloud offering hosted by N-able. Gavin Garbutt vowed to make sure N-able continues to support both approaches.read more
The pricing of a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offering can make or break the solution's profitability for managed services providers (MSP). To avoid beginner mistakes with BDR pricing, we did a little research and discovered five pricing tips that can help MSPs keep their head above water. Take a look at what we uncovered in this MSPmentor exclusive.read more
SolarWinds acquired N-able for $120 million, or 5X annual revenues. A few years ago, CA Technologies acquired Nimsoft for 10X annual revenues. Are MSP software company valuations falling?read more
Managed services providers (MSPs) may want to take note of a recent Gartner, Inc. (IT) report that revealed an increase in worldwide IT operations management (ITOM) software revenue in 2012, totaling $18 billion, up 4.8 percent from $17 billion in 2011.read more
The IT management software specialist announces plans to buy the Ottawa-based RMM vendor in a $120 million cash deal. N-able says it will retain its brand and channel-focused strategy.
After just 30 days on the job, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has shaken up the chipmaker with a sweeping reorganization that emphasizes new products, innovation and, perhaps, leapfrogging troublesome competition in the mobility market.
Security vendor Blue Coat shakes up its messaging as it announces the acquisition of Solera Networks and SSL technology from Netronome.
A trusted advisor survives and thrives because of the aura of confidence they’ve developed one successful engagement at a time. Come hear channel experts discuss the vital and fickle nature of trust and how CompTIA's Trustmark can open market opportunities and help win new business.
Distributors will have a valuable function to play if they can prove value, according to Azlan cloud boss Joel Chimoindes.
Today’s enterprise IT manager faces two major headaches: unplanned network growth and increased mobile device use. These all-too-common pain points complicate the lives of already-overwhelmed IT managers who know that a security attack can bring a lot of misery to themselves and their companies. Successful security attacks occur at a rate of 1.8 weekly*, making [...]
Will SolarWinds' buyout of N-able succeed or fail? JP Jauvin (along with Mike Cullen and Derik Belair) will greatly influence the answer to that $120 million question.read more
SolarWinds's buyout of N-able Technologies raises key questions about cloud vs. on-premises software licensing for managed services providers (MSPs). Here are 7 questions N-able's MSPs must ask.read more
Wireless mesh network vendor Firetide scored a coup in the corner office this week, naming veteran Cisco executive John McCool as its new CEO. The move is part of Firetide’s push into high-growth government, commercial and industrial applications with its high-bandwidth mesh software and hardware technology.
Now that Solarwinds is buying N-able for $120 million, N-able CEO Gavin Garbutt will retire. Here's what MSPmentor will miss about the managed services software CEO.read more
SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies today, setting the stage for even more intense competition with ConnectWise-LabTech Software, Continuum, Kaseya, Level Platforms, GFI Software and other managed services software providers. So where are each of the RMM (remote monitoring and management) software companies heading next? Here are some behind the scenes clues fr
The South Korean vendor sees a 51 percent increase in brand value, while its fruity rival's brand grew one percent.
Network-attached storage offerings from the joint venture are now available through the Lenovo’s partners and integrated into its channel program, furthering its push into the SMB server market.
Dell is shedding its IaaS vCloud Datacenter service and trying its hand at its own IaaS offerings delivered by its channel, a move that aligns with its stated strategy to leverage partners as the catalyst to drive its stated software and service ambitions.
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SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) CEO Kevin Thompson, whose company announced plans to acquire remote monitoring and management platform provider N-able today, explained to analysts during a conference call why it's better to sell through managed service providers than directly to end customers. read more
After enhancing cancer research and helping in the financial services industry, IBM has turned its Watson cognitive system into a customer service advisor.
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The move to the cloud may not be as simple as it purports to be because the delivery of various cloud services relies on old and outdated technologies that were designed for use in an on-premise architecture. How can the MSP simplify and consolidate these services into an easy to deliver range of services? MSPmentor Blogread more
IT management vendor SolarWinds announced plans to acquire remote monitoring and management provider N-able for $120 million in cash in a deal expected to close by the end of the month. The companies pledged that N-able's 100 percent channel-friendly approach would remain in place. read more
Mobile risk management (MRM) company Fixmo has released a new mobility platform called Fixmo Enterprise Mobility Platform (Fixmo EMP) to provide a full suite of modular services for mobilizing sensitive business data and managing a wide range of mobile devices, and apps.read more
The distributor will offer services and resources to help solution providers build their own business around Big Data, or augment partner benches when going after analytics-heavy opportunities.
Embattled hardware vendor Huawei is putting its ambitions on full display at its first North America partner conference. The three day event is treating solution providers to a cavalcade of Huawei-based opportunities in data centers, mobility, Big Data and cloud computing. The underlying message: Huawei isn’t retreating.
Fortinet has just filled some major channel gaps left by executive departures earlier this year, signaling rejuvenated channel effort and increased reliance on partners as it revs for an enterprise expansion.
Dropbox is turning to the IT channel, including IT service providers, managed service providers and IT consultants, to help convert users of its free cloud-based file sharing service into paid customers of its premium Dropbox for Business service. But the push for paid customers comes as more providers of similar services -- Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, LogMeI
Today is a very exciting day as the “Xbox – A New Generation Revealed” press event has arrived! Not only has the day arrived, but you have the opportunity to join us live for this exciting day from wherever you are, and here’s how: First, the event starts at 10:00 am Pacific Time, which is 1:00 pm Eastern time. You can join us online through the Xbox.com site HERE You can join on yo
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to get more partners and customers adopting its cloud-based Office 365 productivity suite by expanding commissions on referred accounts. The goal: Stop Google Apps in its tracks and recapture lost customers.
UK channel leaders talk up the credentials of BlackBerry's mobile device management kit in bid to deepen its ties with VARs.
Mimecast vows to stick to its 100 percent availability promise and offer compensation after coming under fire following outage.
E-discovery and cyber-forensics vendor AccessData is injecting $6M into its channel this year as it ramps up its indirect business.
Channel partners are wondering if they should care about the Tumblr acquisition. In fact, there’s a few good reasons for solution providers to acquaint themselves with with the blogging and social media platform and keep tabs on its progress should it fall under Yahoo’s control.
Recent data from CompTIA shows 66 percent of companies are allowing or mandating the BYOD trend in their organizations -- but IT departments and solution providers are finding the devices are only the beginning.
Like many of its industry peers, security software firm Websense is headed toward private status after inking an almost $1 billion deal to be acquired by equity firm Vista Equity Partners.
Sourcefire is upping the stakes in the advanced threat security race with the launch of an appliance that touts file and device trajectory capabilities, additions that give partners new paths for high-margin forensic services.
With its acquisition of Zenprise behind it, the software company is looking to build a partner community for its new MDM product lines, starting with a mobility boot camps for 48 partners at its Citrix Summit conference this week.
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Online collaboration has evolved during the last decade, delivering even greater value -- thanks to a new generation of business technology applications. Forbes Insights released "Collaborating in the Cloud," a Cisco-sponsored study examining the ways business leaders increasingly look at cloud collaboration as a way to increase productivity, accelerate business results and enhance innovation acr
If you're a managed services provider (MSP) looking to dive into the backup and disaster recovery (BDR) pool this summer, we've compiled a few swimming lessons for you to keep your head above the water. We've connected with CCNS Consulting owner Karl Bickmore to discover how three simple BDR lessons would have relieved a lot of tension in the beginning for him.read
The cost should still come in well under that of building infrastructure from the ground up.
If there will be any deterrent to the mandatory BYOD workforce, security might be it.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Disney World with my family. I’m not going to lie. It was awesome. I’d never been to any Disney park and neither had any of my kids. We had a great time. We rode tons of rides. We saw lots of great stuff. My kids got to fight Darth Vader.MSPmentor Blogread more
Lack of trust, poor service and support, and channel conflict spurred one in four resellers to end relationships with a vendor during the past year.
Mobile device management (MDM) vendor MobileIron has announced a new integration with content sharing platform Box. The integration provides employees with a way to securely share information between mobile devices via an encrypted container.read more
Despite marketplace challenges and shifting business models, solution providers remain exceedingly profitable, as services fill their wallets with cash. The 2112 Group’s “Profitability in the Channel” report reveals several key trends about solution provider profitability. Here are five things you need to know about channel profitability.
Today’s enterprise network requires multiple layers to defend against zero-day attacks, advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks, phishing, worms, and a never-ending stream of viruses. Security, therefore, has to be a core function of any IT systems management platform, and that is precisely what enterprises get with The Kaseya© platform. In the Beginning The Kaseya Virtual [...]
Cisco Systems killed the Cisco OnPlus managed service. Now, Cisco's Meraki-based cloud-managed networking devices are earning more attention. Time for managed services providers (MSPs) to adjust accordingly.read more
Barracuda debuted a Web application firewall aimed at defending against DDoS attacks that takes the firm a few steps further into its upmarket journey. And it's hoping the security and storage channel will recognize its enterprise efforts.
Sophos claims this new scheme will allow partners to rake in more profits.
SAP rolled out its HANA Enterprise Cloud partner program, which offers access to sales enablement tools, best practices and other resources.
The mass market has a valuable lesson to teach MSPs - it ain't what you've got, it's what you do with it that counts. So when you're creating your cloud service as an MSP, stick to your guns. Stick to what you know. Your world hasn't actually changed because your infrastructure looks more cloudy. Your customers need the same skills from you that they've always need
Could small to mid-sized datacenters become an emerging target management customer for MSPs? A new partnership between IT management technology provider CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) and power management specialist Eaton, offers MSPs a way to differentiate as they approach this growing market. Here are the details.read more
Bring your own device (BYOD) has focused the attention of managed services providers (MSPs) on consumer trends around mobile devices, but how much does the mobile operating system (OS) market really change? IDC's First Quarter Mobile Phone Tracker provides some fresh insights into shifts in the mobile device market.read more
Got questions about backup and disaster recovery? Step into our BDR classroom and check out our top questions and answers from MSPs about this technology and business opportunity. read more
Subscription Plus aims to drive more customer acquisition through the channel with new flexible offers.
Dell remains mired in the battle over who will control its future and what roll the PC will play in its restoration to profitability and growth. The real issue, though, is how Dell can accelerate the revenue and profitability of its enterprise products.
Adobe is being accused, via an online campaign, of milking SMBs as it pursues cloud-only model on future Creative products.