Kaseya Dares MSPs to Show Skills in First-Ever Mission: Possible Challenge
Kaseya, the IT infrastructure management solution provider, is issuing a challenge to attendees of its 2019 Connect IT Global 2019 conference in Las Vegas next month. Together with Itopia + Google Cloud, the company is tasking 60 teams with a mission … should they choose to accept it.
The Mission: Possible Challenge dares teams to step up on the behalf of a fictional company that’s just announced a hostile takeover. Contestants will have to build and on-board a new Google Cloud-based environment armed with the Itopia Cloud Automation Stack (CAS) and a sandbox of Kaseya IT Complete tools, then pass a rigorous audit in 36 hours or less. The winning team will take home $5,000 and some serious bragging rights.
There’s a disconnect between the future that experts predict and the reality of today, says Jonathan Lieberman, CEO of Itopia CEO. In the next few years, more than half of compute workloads will run on one of the public hyperscale clouds, but many MSPs are still buying and maintaining hardware for their clients that resides either on premises or in a private data center. Lieberman says Itopia aligned itself with the Mission: Possible event so MSPs could see firsthand how its software helps to migrate and manage IT workloads on the cloud by automating the manual work typically required for legacy solutions. Itopia wil launch a new program designed to help MSPs transform into cloud service providers at the event.
“Having 300 motivated IT engineers utilizing our Cloud Automation Stack software to deploy environments onto Google Compute Platform (GCP) is a tremendous opportunity for itopia and Google Cloud,” says Lieberman. “We were also attracted to the opportunity to partner with Kaseya on this endeavor — one of the leading and most innovative technology companies in the IT software industry.”
So what will teams be judged on? Kaseya says there will be a number of factors including speed, use of the Kaseya product stack and the overall thoroughness of the solution. Winners will be selected by a panel of IT experts and consultants.
“Every day IT admins are faced with overcoming impossible missions, and just once we wanted to give them the opportunity to show off their skills to get the recognition they so rightfully deserve,” said Jim Lippie, senior vice president of partner development, Kaseya.
The winning team will be announced at Connect’s Techie Awards, a user-nominated awards show highlighting the outstanding achievements of MSP and IT administration teams in 2018. This will be the first year for the event, where Kaseya will hand out prizes to MSPs including the Efficiency Award, the Automation Award, Fastest Growing MSP of the Year, and a special MSP 501 Kaseya Partner of the Year Award.