Managed Services Are Hot In the Land Down Under

Managed Services Are Hot In the Land Down Under

Gavin Garbutt N-ableN-able, the managed service platform provider, is looking to make a splash in Australia. Smart move. A few weeks ago, MSPmentor described how the managed services market is growing more than 20 percent annually in Australia. And N-able CEO Gavin Garbutt (pictured) estimates that there are nearly 2 million small and midsize businesses in Australia, providing fertile ground for managed service providers. Here's how N-able -- and some of its rivals -- hope to grow that market.

N-able's new Sydney office, like the rest of the company, works exclusively through the IT channel. N-able has been riding the globalization trend for several years. The company has established operations in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia-Pacific. Now, N-able sees a big market opportunity down under.

Early N-able advocates in Australia include IT Leaders, a Queensland-based solution provider that has more than 1,000 SMB clients. N-able will educate more potential partners on March 6, when it hosts its first partner event in Australia.

N-able certainly has plenty of company -- and competition -- in the Australian market. Several of our MSPmentor 100 companies are located in Australia. And platform providers like Kaseya and Level Platforms have clearly defined their strategies for the Land Down Under.

Update (10:42pm eastern, Feb. 27): Yet another major player is making a managed services move in Australia. This time, it's Blackboard -- which has opened a Sydney data center that will offer hosted education software to colleges and universities.

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