Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Sept. 14

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: Sept. 14

Our team is getting ready for Tech Data's Fall Channel Link Conference (Sept. 19-21, Orlando). We expect plenty of discussion about TDCloud, which allows MSPs and VARs to source various cloud services on behalf of end-customers. But before we surface in Orlando, here are seven managed services blogs and MSP news stories that MSPmentor didn't have a chance to write for the week ending Sept. 14, 2012.

7. Level Platforms Upgrade: Watch for Level Platforms to unveil Managed Workplace 2012 R2 within the next few weeks. The MSP software provider has already briefed most of its partner base. A key new feature: Auto-monitoring, which automates the entire monitoring process with a number of quite dramatic secondary benefits, Level Platforms asserts.

6. Another Datto Win: Datto, the backup and disaster recovery (BDR) company that works closely with MSPs, is now the key BDR provider to CMIT Solutions -- a major MSP franchise operation. Datto is on pace to grow more than 300 percent this year.

5. Big Number: It's official. GFI Max says more than 6,000 MSPs now run the company's software. GFI is expected to share more strategic news during a user conference later this month in New Orleans. GFI CEO Walter Scott provided additional perspectives in this blog entry.

4. RMM-PSA Integration: CentraStage, the cloud-based remote monitoring and management platform, is the latest company to integrate with ConnectWise. CentraStage, based in Europe, has been expanding its MSP engagements into North America.

3. Almost Forgot to Mention: Earlier this month I heard Vembu Technologies, the cloud backup provider, has been gaining more momentum with MSPs, CSPs and VARs. In the past year, the company says, Vembu has "doubled StoreGrid Cloud Backup Service growth and experienced rapid increase partners."

2. Got A Financing Program: A heads up -- if you offer financing services (leases, loans, special lending considerations) to MSPs, VARs, CSPs or their customers then please participate in the Channel Finance 100 survey ( The survey, From The VAR Guy, will help our readers to more easily find financing partners to fund IT projects, technology purchases, business expansion and more.

1. Intel Buying Managed Services Software Company?: In the past two weeks, a rumor has suggested that Intel would either acquire or invest in a managed services software company -- most likely an RMM (remote monitoring and management) software provider. MSP has spoken to sources close to Intel as well as sources close to the RMM market. Our conclusion: The Intel-buying-RMM company rumor is completely false. Instead, we believe Intel's budget includes software development funds to integrate far more tightly with RMM solutions. That's not to be confused with M&A budget.


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