Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Oct. 19

Managed Services: 7 Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write, Oct. 19

Greetings from 30,000 feet. I'm flying to McAfee Focus 2012 in Las Vegas. Also, Charlene O'Hanlon is heading to an Ingram Micro VTN conference in Boston, while Jessica Davis is packing for an N-able Partner Summit in Montreal. Busy week. But before we reach our destinations, here are seven managed services blogs and MSP news stories for the week ending Oct. 19, 2012.

7. How Many MSPs Worldwide?: CA Nimsoft's Ken Vanderweel recently asked me that question. My estimate: About 20,000. Vanderweel thinks the number is a lot higher -- perhaps even 40,000+ in North America alone. Also, Vanderweel points to a blog from eFolder's Ted Hulsy, which reinforces the 40,000 North American MSP estimate. My gut tells me those figures are high. But Vanderweel and Hulsy have each crunched the numbers. Maybe they are onto something.

6. More M&A: NetGain Technologies has acquired IntraSource of Lexington, Ky. Each company has been in business for 28 years. The two companies are coming together to better serve the needs of businesses in the Bluegrass. NetGain Technologies intends to keep the current IntraSource team in place as they will continue to serve their clients, the companies indicated.

5. Hybrid Cloud Storage: Zetta.net is adjusting its cloud storage strategy for MSPs. Zetta.net's Smart Cloud, which integrates the functionality of backup, snapshot and replication technology, negates the need for a local appliance, the company claims. Zetta has been poking around the MSP market for about two years. We're watching to see if this latest move turns more MSP heads.

4. Continuum and LogMeIn: Continuum Managed Services and LogMeIn continue to deepen their partnership. Building on the companies' channel partnership for remote access and RMM solutions, Continuum will now offer LogMeIn Rescue (LogMeIn's flagship remote support offering), to Continuum partners, starting in November 2012, the two companies say.

3. Thank You, Tim Brewer: An open letter to Anittel's Tim Brewer, one of the sharpest MSP minds in Australia. Aside from your industry knowledge, your best export is Aussie Floyd, an Australia-based Pink Floyd cover band that's touring the United States at the moment. I attended a performance with my son and a close friend last week in New York.

3. Windows 8 Hype: Microsoft keeps claiming this Friday's launch of Windows 8 is similar to the Windows 95 launch nearly two decades ago. I'm not so sure. Windows 95 launched when corporate IT and consumers wanted to network up their systems. And it replaced a lame operating system (MS-DOS running Windows 3.x), plus Apple was imploding at the time of Windows 95's launch and the PC market was growing. Fast forward to the present, Windows 8 must compete with Windows 7 (a good operating system), Mac OS X, Apple iOS and Google Android. And Windows 8 must do at a time when the PC market is contracting, not growing. That's a lot to ask of any operating system... More thoughts soon on The VAR Guy.

2. Windows 8 Reality: Even if Windows 8 takes a few years to take off -- or, worse, misses the mark entirely -- MSPs will still need to support the operating system. Don't forget: Microsoft Surface tablets, running Windows 8, are sold out ahead of the launch on Oct. 26. That means a whole new wave of BYOD devices, this time running Microsoft's new operating system. Get ready to update your mobile device management (MDM) strategy now.

1. See You at IT Nation?: Yes, the MSPmentor team will be on hand for the conference. Want to potentially meet? Feel free to email me, joe.panettieri [at] penton.com. I look forward to the potential conversation.

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