Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: April 1

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: April 1

I can nearly see the finish line... another business week has nearly ended. But before I sign off, here are seven managed services blogs the MSPmentor team didn't have a chance to write for the week ending April 1, 2011. And of course: We'll be back online if any big managed services news breaks. In the meantime, here's that list...

7. We're Not for Sale: Takeover rumors continue to swirl around Rackspace. But the hosting company and cloud specialist says it isn't for sale.

6. Clearer Picture Emerges: Computer Sciences Corp. is the latest consulting firm to launch TelePresence as a Service. The market is getting pretty darn crowded. Tata Communications offers a similar service, and VU TelePresence (a Zenith Infotech sister company) offers a telepresence managed service designed for MSPs in the SMB sector.

5a. Good, Not Great: Generally speaking, HP did a good job of discussing recurring revenue opportunities during this week's HP Americas Partner Conference in Las Vegas. But I'm still surprised that HP spends so little time discussing managed print services with channel partners. It's as if HP wants to keep the MPS market all to itself... ...

5b. The Media Missed the Point: Also, I'm surprised the press spent so much time raving about HP's new CloudSystem Partner Program -- and so little time exploring CEO Leo Apotheker's attempt to describe an HP Cloud launch with no partner program details...

4. Kaseya's Next Big Thing: Kaseya has quietly leaked details about its next big product -- positioned as RRMM (Really Remote Monitoring and Management). But before you open your wallet... check the date on the blog post.

3. Target Audience: The Utility Company has inked a partnership with the Canadian Medical Association, becoming a provider of IT services to the association's membership.

2. NOC, NOC... Who's There?: A major distributor is taking a close look at the NOC (network operations center) market. No partnerships have been announced... at least not yet.

1. Secret Acquisition: Hypothetically speaking, imagine if a major managed services software company quietly acquired a small service desk software company in December 2010. How might that hypothetical deal eventually impact the managed services market? Perhaps we'll get some answers in the next week or two... hypothetically speaking, of course.

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