Managed Services Land Grab Continues In Australia

Another day, another announcement about managed services in Australia. This time, Kaseya is touting a key customer win in the land down under. It's the latest in a series of announcements highlighting big managed services opportunities -- and major competition -- in Australia.

Kaseya says it has signed up more than 150 customers in Australia and New Zealand since moving into the region a year ago. The latest, according to a Kaseya release hosted by ComputerWorld Australia, is SMB Technology.

Kaseya's rivals are also moving in. N-able CEO Gavin Garbutt just returned from a business trip to Australia, during which time he met more than 80 potential customers, partners and regional leaders at a kick-off party for N-able's new local office.

Garbutt says several factors make Australia a prime country for managed services. "Unemployment rates are low, and IT people hard to find in Australia," says Garbutt. "Broadband has only become affordable in the last 18 months or so. And the notion of Internet services and applications is exploding there." Check out some more back-and-forth between me and Garbutt on his blog (comments area).

Overall, Australia looks like a healthy MSP opportunity. One research firm predicts the managed services market in Australia will grow 20 percent annually for the next few years.

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