MSPmentor 100 Reveals Growth of Cloud Services
For those who came to TalkinCloud from one of our sister sites, the MSPmentor 100 should need no introduction. But if you’re new to our sites, the MSPmentor 100 is our annual ranking of the world’s leading managed service providers. The latest list and research, which debuted Feb. 16, reveals how managed services providers are cashing in on cloud services. And in some cases, it’s safe to say some MSPs are looking more and more like cloud services providers.
The proof is in the pudding, so to speak: All of the top 10 MSPs listed offer some kind of cloud service, even if that’s only limited to hosted messaging. And of that top 10, Integr8, Long View, and others went so far as to offer full-fledged infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). That’s not surprising, considering that the average recurring revenue of MSPmentor 100 companies shot way up from 2010 to 2011, providing more than enough bankroll to add that to a cloud services portfolio.
Here are some other stray cloud observations of the MSPmentor 100:
- Early in 2010, Apptix was billing itself as the comeback story of the year with a renewed focus on hosted Microsoft Exchange — a focus that seems to have paid off with a strong entry at number 6 on the 2011 MSPmentor 100.
- Cloud service provider iomart Group recently switched 300,000 accounts to the open source Open-Xchange messaging and collaboration platform.
- Not all cloud growth is organic: mindSHIFT Technologies wasn’t in the cloud business until the first week of 2011, when they snapped up Alpheon in an acquisition that united two MSPmentor 100 companies.
If you notice any other cloud patterns in the 2011 MSPmentor 100, be sure to let us know in the comments. And a reminder: we’re putting together the first annual Talkin’ Cloud 50 — which tracks top MSPs and VARs working in the cloud — and accepting survey submissions through March 31, 2011.