Amazon Web Services: MSPs Keep An Open Mind

Amazon Web Services: MSPs Keep An Open Mind

Amazon Web ServicesCan Amazon Web Services and other cloud services from the online retailer catch on with managed service providers? The vast majority of MSPs are keeping an open mind as Amazon continues to expand its cloud, according to MSPmentor's latest weekly reader poll. Take a look at the results.

We asked MSPmentor and TheVARguy.com visitors: "Will MSPs and VARs embrace Amazon Web Services and related Amazon cloud services?" Of the 117 responses:

  • 33 percent said yes
  • 31 percent said maybe
  • 36 percent said no
We stumbled onto the poll idea after trading email with Sekar Vembu, CEO of Vembu Technologies --  which designs online storage software for MSPs. Vembu's Storegrid Online Backup Software integrates with Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3).

Sekar expects more and more MSPs to plug into Amazon's cloud. So do I. In fact, I'm particularly intrigued by a company called Jumpbox. They offer multiple open source applications (SugarCRM, Drupal, etc.) within Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Jumpbox claims it only takes a five minutes for service providers or their customers to activate supported applications.

I am not suggesting on-premise software goes away. But the pendulum will continue to swing toward SaaS and cloud services, especially as more and more start-up businesses look for hosted services while avoiding lump-sum infrastructure purchases.

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