Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Aug. 19

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Aug. 19

Some small news over at Hewlett-Packard this week (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) occupied most of our blog team efforts for the past 24 hours. So what else was going on this week? Here are seven managed IT services blog entries the MSPmentor team didn't have time to write for the week ending Aug. 19, 2011.

7. Managed Print Services: Cisco Systems is standardizing on managed print services from Xerox Corp.

6. Triple Play?: I think for the first time ConnectWise has issued a press release that symbolically puts ConnectWise, LabTech and Quosal under a single umbrella...

5. Tracking the Numbers: Zenith Infotech says more than 1,000 VARs and MSPs -- and more than 3,000 end-customer sites -- now leverage Zenith's private cloud platform. To the best of my knowledge, the platform hit some turbulence in 2010 but it sounds like some of those early bumps were smoothed out in 2011.

4. Moving On, Branching Out: Former Kaseya VP of Enterprise Sales Pete Coleman has joined Point Inside as VP of sales. Back at Kaseya, I get the serious feeling that the company is getting ready to counter SolarWinds.

3. Strong Momentum: I got to glimpse some new business data from PacketTrap MSP, the managed services software arm of Quest Software. Anecdotal evidence suggests momentum remains strong. More details for you soon.

2. Pretty Darn Reliable: When some customers lost access to Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online for nearly six hours this week it made me realize: When it comes to cloud outages bad news has been pretty rare in the MSP software market. Generally speaking, I think small, focused MSP software providers have been keeping their highly focused cloud services online and available. I'll share more thoughts next week.

1. Next Moves: There are at least three major conferences that MSPs, VARs, and cloud services providers should be watching over the next few weeks. They include the Channel Partners Conference & Expo (Aug. 24-26, Chicago), VMworld (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Las Vegas) and DreamForce (Aug. 30-Sept. 2, San Francisco). And in case you're still trying to organize your calendar, here's a look at the Top 100 Channel Partner Conferences, as compiled by The VAR Guy.

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