Managed Services: Seven Blogs MSPmentor Didn’t Write, June 29
As the Google I/O conference wraps up in San Francisco, I’m getting ready to head out on vacation before surfacing July 8 at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. But before I head out for a little rest and relaxation, here are seven managed services blogs the MSPmentor team didn’t have time to write for the week ending June 29, 2012.
7. The 411 on Emergency Services: Whaleback Managed Services, an MSP focused on unified communications services, has launched 911 services to improve emergency response for businesses, educational institutions, and government facilities. The UC system can send location information to the PSAP (Public Service Answering Point) including street address, building and specific room numbers to enable emergency responders to go directly to the emergency location faster and easier, the company claims. How’s that for an example of an MSP that moved far beyond basic IT monitoring?
6. What About Google Apps?: Yes, Google I/O gave us the Nexus 7 tablet launch and the Google Compute Engine (Infrastructure as a Service) effort. In a single week, Google bolstered its consumer initiatives and its business initiatives. Impressive. But a lot of partners were hoping for more Google Apps talk at the conference.
5. Just a Rumor (For Now): Cisco looking at a big managed services provider? Hmmm… Not an MSP software company, apparently, but an actual service provider?
4. CEO Shift: Logicalis, the managed services provider, has promoted Vince DeLuca to CEO of Logicalis U.S. DeLuca joined Logicalis as Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and will take the helm for the U.S. business in July 2012, the company said.
3. A New Business Cloud: Intermedia, the hosted Exchange provider, is preparing some sort of cloud server launch. Sounds like it’s in beta right now. I don’t have many details but it sounds like Intermedia wants to help MSPs move customers’ on-premises applications to virtualized servers in the Intermedia cloud. Again, unconfirmed. But here are more clues about Intermedia’s direction.
2. Now That’s Interesting: The CEO of a major Silicon Valley software company is thinking about incubating MSPs that agree to run his company’s software and cloud services…
1. Vacation Destination: So where am I heading with my family for the next few weeks? Here’s one clue. But beyond that, I really don’t know. My ultimate goal is to stay off the Internet until beginning a road trip to Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 6. In the meantime, thanks for reading MSPmentor.