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As the first quarter of 2010 nears its close, anecdotal evidence from companies such as Autotask and N-able suggest that the managed services market is off to a solid start for the year. Autotask CEO Bob Godgart provided some upbeat anecdotes to a local Albany, N.Y., newspaper. And N-able CEO Gavin Garbutt shared some “freemium” business milestones with me in a FastChat video conversation.
A few days ago, I installed the release candidate for Gnome 2.30, which provides an overview of what Gnome 3 will look like when it appears next fall. Since I’ve begun using Gnome 2.30, I’ve become more disappointed by the hour with the way it works. Here’s a list of the top five flaws in […]
Everyone working in the IT channel these days knows that leading with product when engaging the client is a thing of the past. The solution provider relationship with the client now revolves around the delivery of services. But how does a solution provider determine precisely what services to deliver? What is most important to a client? Here are so
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, VARStreet was an aging portal — in some ways, a remnant of the dot-com boom and bust — designed to help VARs source products from distributors. Today, the VARStreet website has been completely overhauled, and VARStreet is striving to engage thousands of VARs and managed services providers. Who’s responsible for this overhaul?
And now for something completely different. Autotask has acquired VARStreet. The move potentially allows VARs and MSPs to have a single dashboard for managing distributor relationships and product sourcing (VARStreet) and IT services automation (Autotask). Here’s some analysis of the deal, the potential implications, and a FastChat video conversation with Autotask CEO Bob Godgart.
I’ve been promising this story for a few weeks. Here it is, at long last: An Australia managed services provider is acquiring four peer MSPs to form a national managed services provider. One of the MSPs involved in the deal — Tim Brewer from Accord — sat down for a FastChat video interview to explain the deal.
It’s been less than a month since VMware officially acquired Zimbra — the open source email platform — from Yahoo. But VMware isn’t standing still. Jim Morrisroe, VP and GM of VMware’s Zimbra division, says the company is preparing software appliances that combine virtualization with Zimbra. They should arrive by Q2 2010. Plus, VMware’s channel will soon promote Zimbra offerings. But that’s not all…