Tip Tuesday: It’s time to secure your customers’ environments

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Oct 24, 2017 8:33:00 AM

Cyber-attacks continue to increase at a rapid pace, and safeguarding your SMBs’ business-critical data from these threats has never been more difficult. Many businesses that have applications running in cloud believe that if their data resides in the cloud, then it’s safe.

Unfortunately, when it comes to security in the public cloud, vendors like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are only responsible for the security of the cloud—not what’s in it. This means MSPs and their customers are responsible for any of their data, applications, operating systems, and network and firewall configurations that reside in a public cloud. This is called the shared responsibility model.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Tip Tuesday

Google Cloud gets its 15 minutes

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Last week, Google held its Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco. Like any company-centric conference, it gave Google three days of non-stop control of the microphone to make its cloud case with media, analysts, and potential customers in attendance —and it did its best to take advantage of its time in the spotlight.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

8 tech headlines that created buzz in 2015

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Dec 30, 2015 1:30:00 PM

A lot happens in a year, especially in the IT channel, which seems to move at break-neck pace. As we reflect on 2015 and all of the interesting news we saw throughout the year, we thought it would be fun to ask our Partners to list the most memorable tech headlines from 2015.  Here’s what stood out to them.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Salesforce extends both cloud app scope and reach

Posted by Mike Vizard on Sep 15, 2015 12:02:07 PM

With the Dreamforce 2015 conference now in full swing this week, it’s clear that Salesforce is moving quickly to expand the scope and reach of its Software-as-a-Service application portfolio. Not only is Salesforce, for example, adding advanced relational intelligence software to its customer relationship management (CRM) software, but the SaaS application pioneer is making an aggressive push into the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology

Millions of websites still using Windows Server 2003 after end of life

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 18, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Even though the deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of life has firmly passed, a new survey from NetCraft, a provider of Internet security services, finds that more than 600,000 web-facing systems, which host millions of websites, are still running Windows Server 2003.

Clearly, all those servers represent a continuing opportunity for IT service providers, but migration might not happen in large numbers until that first big security breach involving Windows Server 2003 actually gets discovered.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cyber Security

Why one MSP decided to live (almost) off the grid

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jul 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Among the many great partner conversations I had at the recent ChannelNEXT Central event in Niagara Falls, Ontario, one stood out. Jeff Bawl is a technology consultant at Advanced Office Solutions, an MSP whose portfolio ranges from managed IT, print, and mobile services to business telephony and business process optimization (BPO) services. The solution provider is headquartered in Grimsby, Ontario, and runs three satellite offices, running from Brant to Niagara along the western edge of the lake.

As we talked, Jeff dropped a hint about a lifestyle choice he made long ago; he traded Web connectivity in exchange for The Tranquil Life. I knew then and there that I wanted to share Jeff’s story with our readers, and he agreed to let me follow up with him after the show. Here are the highlights of our conversation:

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Making the case for a network-centric cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 16, 2015 2:34:04 PM

Leading cloud computing service providers predict that in the future they will be at the center of massively distributed computing that will span the globe. But network service providers predict a very different future for cloud computing.

Cisco’s approach to hybrid cloud computing

Case in point is Cisco, which has now extended its Intercloud approach to integrating cloud services from hundreds of providers around the globe to include 35 independent software vendors. Instead of thinking hierarchically, Cisco views each cloud service provider as equal. The size of the cloud service doesn’t matter. What matters is that each cloud runs an instance of the same core set of networking services that make each cloud a natural distributed extension of the other.

In effect, Cisco is enabling a highly distributed approach to hybrid cloud computing that makes it possible for its partners to aggregate those services. The end result allows customers to run application workloads anywhere they choose based on the infrastructure attributes of the cloud service provider. Most significantly for IT services providers, Cisco sees the services that make up this ecosystem being sold primarily by channel partners that represent Cisco as well as multiple cloud providers.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

3 Reasons cloud solutions for small business just make sense

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 8, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Small business owners are busy people. Running your own business takes a ton of effort, and you probably don't want any of that energy being diverted to worrying about the software you use to run your business. That's where the cloud comes in and why cloud solutions for small business make so much sense.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

The cloud is the glue that keeps us connected

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 12:08:07 PM

Even though the cloud remains a somewhat nebulous term to the population at large, nearly everyone has a sense that it allows us to keep our digital lives in order and access content from any device, anywhere, anytime (as long as there is an Internet connection—and even sometimes when there's not).

At a simple level, it's how you can save your photos or documents and access them from anywhere. But the cloud is really the connective tissue for so much more, and it's allowed mobile to take off on several levels.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Focus on open source software changes IT services dynamic

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 19, 2015 11:13:24 AM

Regardless of whether it makes financial sense or not, IT organizations of all sizes have adopted an open source first mantra. Rather than spend their money on commercial software, they’ve made it clear they would prefer to throw labor at their enterprise software challenges. After all, not paying for commercial software enables those organizations to keep more IT staff on the payroll.

That’s not necessarily the wrong decision. By investing in labor, those organizations get to retain  software expertise at a time when every company is becoming a software company to one degree or another.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology

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