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Will Fake Cisco Blogger Deliver Real Service Provider News?

Is there room in the world for another mystery blogger? The VAR guy would say no, but Cisco disagrees. The company has launched a phantom blog site — called Tech Edge Weekly — written by “Ira Pumfkin” (pictured). Cute. But is there a point to the effort? Apparently so. The blog represents Cisco’s countdown to a major product launch. Here’s the scoop.

Managed Services Innovation In A Basement

Sometimes, I find the most innovative managed service providers where I least expect them. A case in point: I visited Sytec Business Solutions — a managed service provider in Raleigh, North Carolina — on August 15. The company occupies an old Victorian home a few minutes from the heart of the city. There’s nothing flashy […]

Synnex Corp. Launches On Demand Managed Services

When it comes to managed services, Synnex Corp. has issued a press release filled with all the right buzzwords. But is the Synnex On Demand Services team serious about managed services? Here’s a look at the announcement’s four key points.

According to Synnex, the company’s new On Demand Services for VARs include:

Checking In with An Ubuntu "Switcher"

About a year ago, I installed Ubuntu on the laptop owned by a friend of mine who lives back east. Here’s her Ubuntu story … back in 2007, and today. Last year she was sick of Windows XP, and Vista seemed even worse to her. So, after making sure her hardware would work well with […]

MSP University: Behind the Curtains

I spent some time with Erick Simpson, VP and CIO of MSP University, during the Kaseya User Conference in Las Vegas last month. Even before we met, I knew Erick had written some best-selling books on managed services. But I wanted to learn a bit more about where MSP University had been … and where […]

Autotask Extends Offer to Microsoft Partners

Even as the world shifts from Windows to the Web, Microsoft partners remain highly coveted. The latest example: Autotask has announced a special offer for Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) partners. It reminds me (somewhat) of a free offer N-able made to Microsoft partners in April. Here’s some more info on Autotask’s move, and […]

Microsoft, D-Link Dial for Dollars

Microsoft and its hardware partners are speed-dialing their way into the small business voice-over-IP market. Quanta and D-Link, through partnerships with the software giant, intend to offer IP phone systems that cost about $5,500 for a 20-user deployment. Although The VAR Guy is bullish about the Asterisk open source telephony platform, there’s something intriguing about […]

Seven Surprises At Avaya

The VAR Guy visited Avaya’s headquarters in New Jersey earlier this week. Sure, he was tempted to take a detour to the local Six Flags theme park or the Atlantic City casinos. But he’s glad he didn’t. In fact, The VAR Guy learned seven key traits about Avaya during the executive briefing.

First, some background on the meeting. The discussion included:

  • Pete Leuzzi, VP of Worldwide Channel Strategy and Operations
  • Ken Archer, VP of North American Channel Sales Programs and Strategy

A More Intelligent Open Source

Before calling it a day (and writing this blog), I had dinner with JasperSoft CEO Paul Doscher. His company specializes in open source business intelligence (BI) software. BI is a very fragmented market with expensive software. In other words it’s ripe for consolidation or a low-cost alternative. With fewer than 50 employees, JasperSoft has 4,000 […]