Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Nov. 2

Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Nov. 2

Greetings from my sister-in-law's house -- my informal disaster recovery hot spot here on Long Island. Special wishes to all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Here's an update on the MSPmentor team, upcoming travel, plus seven managed services provider (MSP) news stories and blogs we didn't have time to write for the week ending Nov. 2, 2012.

7. Our Team: We're all doing fine amid the Hurricane Sandy recovery. Contributing Managing Editor Jessica Davis has been hunting down WiFi hot spots and power amid her continued outage in Pennsylvania. Contributing Blogger CJ Arlotta works in public service by day (thank you, CJ) and we check in with him each evening. I'm without power but heading to California and Orlando next week on business, which means I will be far more accessible to readers. The rest of our team has either recovered power or was not in the storm path.

6. More Than BDR, Cloud Recovery: More than 100,000 homes and businesses suffered complete devastation or severe damage during Sandy. And Sandy's U.S. death toll now exceeds 70 people. As we continue to blog about the "IT recovery," we must also remember that which can never be replaced.

5. Next Stops: I'm heading to Cloud Channel Summit (Nov. 5, Mountain View, Calif.) before continuing on to IT Nation 2012 (Orlando, Fla.). If you'd like to potentially meet at either event please give me a little bit extra time to reply. I'm still in email catch-up mode after Sandy. Feel free to post a comment, tweet @MSPmentor or send me email with a meeting request, joe.panettieri [at] Penton.com.

4. MSPmentor 100 Survey: It remains open through Dec. 28, 2012, with results in Feb. 2013. Participate to see if your business ranks among the world's top 100 MSPs, or among top regional MSPs in North America, Central/South America, EMEA, or Asia/Australia/New Zealand. Find the survey here.

3. That Conversation with Michael Dell: He shared lots of insights. But Sandy got me a little sidetracked and we've yet to post the interview. Stay tuned.

2. Proactive Cloud Monitoring: The second example of Boundary predicting or monitoring a major cloud problem before the cloud service provider confirms this issue. This time the example involves Microsoft's Azure cloud, Boundary says.

1. Safe Travels: For all folks heading to IT Nation, especially those flying out of the New York Tri State Area, I wish you safe travels in the days ahead. I look forward  to great conversations at both Cloud Channel Summit and IT Nation in the days ahead.

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