News & Notes: More Services Linked to Faster MSP Growth

A roundup of happenings in the managed services provider space.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

January 12, 2017

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News  Notes More Services Linked to Faster MSP Growth
Kaseya's MSP Global Pricing Survey 2017 found that faster-growing MSPs tend to offer more services than their counterparts.

The fastest-growing MSPs tend to offer more services than slower-growing counterparts, including offerings around cloud and 24-7 network operations center (NOC) coverage, according to a new survey of 920 MSPs conducted by Kaseya.

Faster-growing firms also tend to charge more, the report states.

Kaseya’s MSP Global Pricing Survey 2017, released this week, found strong growth in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) among MSPs, with 44 percent reporting three-year average MRR growth rates of 10 percent or more.

MSPs surveyed also said the top IT problems in the new year include meeting growing cybersecurity risks and challenges of cloud adoption and migration.

CompTIA AMM keynote: Innovation expert and chief disruptor at Autodesk Tom Wujec will be the keynote speaker at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting, scheduled for March 21-23 in Chicago.

The event is free for CompTIA Premier members, or $350 for non-members in a package that includes a one-year membership.

Microsoft ends pay-as-you-go Azure: New buyers of Microsoft Azure cloud services will no longer be able to buy directly from the vendor under the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), beginning on Feb. 1, the company announced in a blog this week.

The volume-licensing program allowed for “pay-as-you-go” pricing.

Instead, first-time Azure service buyers will be directed to partners in the Cloud Solution Provider program, for “value-added” support.

The change does not affect customers already paying for Azure services through the MPSA.

College pays ransom for data: Los Angeles Valley College last week week announced that it paid the equivalent of $28,000 in untraceable Bitcoin to secure the release of hundreds of thousands of files, the school’s website said.

The ransomware attack was detected within hours on Dec. 30, but had already disrupted essential computer networks, email and voicemail.

LAVC paid the ransom by tapping the college district’s cybersecurity insurance policy, officials said.

Speaking of ransomware: A new survey by security firm Radware found that ransomware capers are now the most common form of cyberattack.

The company’s Global Application & Network Security Report 2016-17 found that ransom was the motive behind 41 percent of attacks carried out against the companies surveyed, followed by insider threats (27 percent). 


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About the Author(s)

Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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