Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 17

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: June 17

So long. Farewell. It's time to spend some quality time with our families. But before we log off here are seven managed services blog entries the MSPmentor team didn't have time to write for the week ending June 17, 2011.

7. New Title: Eric Webster, well-known in managed services circles, jumps from VP of marketing and sales to the new post of Chief Revenue Officer at Doyenz, the cloud-based disaster recovery specialist.

6. New Business, Old Questions: Hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) veteran Ramsey Dellinger has launched Business Continuity Solutions Inc., a backup and disaster recovery specialist. BCS apparently is part of Exosphere Aircraft Co., Inc. -- which is a publicly traded penny stock. In an annual report filed Feb. 23, 2011, Exosphere lists a $250,000 long-term liability to "N-Abel." Ironically, N-able Technologies last year filed suit against Dellinger and his other company, MSP on Demand. I've asked N-able if it is still pursuing legal action against Dellinger and MSP on Demand, but N-able has not replied to requests for comment. I don't think the N-able vs. MSP on Demand/Dellinger case has moved forward since September 2010, according to court filings.

5. A Global Master MSP?: MSP1 Software is now MSP1 Managed IT Services Private Limited. The company, based in India, continues to provide remote monitoring and management software based on a partnership with Level Platforms, on a on-premise and on MSP1 cloud options. MSP1 also is promoting the Intel Hybrid Cloud in India. Also of note: MSP1 is striving to become a global Master MSP, working with VARs, MSPs and OEMs to offer network operations center services, with a soft launch expected July 11, 2011. CEO Prakash Chaudhari previously worked at NetEnrich...

4. Money Matters: After several delays, MSP University has allegedly promised to refund $4,500 to Christo IT Services, according to sources. Several MSPs had been pursuing refunds from MSPU for a marketing program that apparently fell short of expectations. MSP University responded publicly to alleged MSP concerns in May, noting that the company has served more than 12,00o members and clients since launch.

3. Distributors and Office 365: We've been checking around to see if major distributors like Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Synnex plan to offer Microsoft Office 365 and cloud billing capabilities to channel partners. Ingram is the first distributor to reply to our query.

  • We asked: "Will Ingram allow channel partners to set pricing and manage invoicing for Office 365?"
  • Ingram replied: "It's a referral-only program."
Meanwhile, we have a suspicion that distributors and major VARs will get involved in the new Google Chromebook for Business initiative...

2. Nominations Welcome: The fourth-annual MSPmentor 250 survey ends on Friday, June 24. If you -- or someone you know -- is a managed services expert, executive or entrepreneur feel free to complete the survey. No need to stuff the ballot box... one entry per name is fine. Results to be unveiled in August 2011. Oh, and one other distraction for you: The ongoing Talkin' Cloud 200 -- which is updated each Friday.

1. MSP Merger Alert: Sorry, can't say more than that right now. At least not until next week or so.

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