Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Oct. 21

Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Oct. 21

The MSPmentor team had another packed week of travel, attending McAfee Focus and Tigerpaw User Conference. We've also been pursuing several rumors we've yet to confirm as factual (hint, hint: stay tuned). In the meantime here are seven managed services blogs the MSPmentor team didn't have time to write for the week ending Oct. 21, 2011.

7. Old But New: Ingram Micro and Kaseya finally confirmed a partnership to offer Kaseya's IT automation software via the Ingram Micro Cloud in North America. Kaseya and Ingram have been hammering out the details since around July.

6. Expanding FootprintScienceLogic, which develops cloud management software, is extending its footprint across the U.S. The Reston, Va., has recently opened a new facility in Austin, Texas. We think it's a sign of things to come.

5. Ahem: Another big, public software company will make a managed services partner move within days, MSPmentor has heard. Probability of happening: 95%. Potential details the week of Oct. 24.

4. Watch This: A few readers have told me to check out Loggly, a cloud logging service for MSPs. Does it work? I have no idea. But MSPs are flocking to the site to check it out.

3. More Relationships: Naverisk, a remote monitoring and management (RMM) software provider based in New Zealand, continues to build out partnerships in the global market. After integrating with ConnectWise a few weeks ago, Navarisk has now partnered up with Reflexion Networks, an email security and anti-maleware firm.

2. On the Move: Todd McKendrick, one of the first MSP experts that the MSPmentor team ever met, is on the move. After successful MSP-centric tours of duty at Do IT Smarter, Dell and Nimsoft, McKendrick has joined Oracle, helping to drive sales in the Primavera business, according to McKendrick's updated LinkedIn profile. Primavera promotes Project Portfolio Management (PPM) -- an enterprise-class project management solution. Thanks for all the MSP insights over the years, Todd. We look forward to tracking your efforts at Oracle.

1. What If: Distributors like Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Synnex really did offer compelling cloud sourcing systems for VARs and MSPs? I've been taking a closer look at each of the strategies this week. On paper, each of the strategies sounds really promising. I'll explain why sometime really soon on Talkin' Cloud.

Side note: Anybody else notice GFI Software is planning a pretty major user conference? More details soon.

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