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The VAR Guy’s sister site — MSPmentor — offers non-stop coverage of the managed services market, where more and more VARs are generating recurring monthly revenue from customers. Here’s a look at the top 10 stories making headlines on MSPmentor this week.
Top MSPmentor Stories:
It’s a familiar trend: Smart people leaving Microsoft to launch a company that cashes in on Microsoft-oriented technology. The latest example: A group of Microsoft Unified Communications veterans have launched Unify2, a consulting firm focused on (wait for it… wait for it…) Microsoft Unified Communications. Here’s the scoop.
According to a Unify2 press release:
Nine Lives Media Inc. — publisher of The VAR Guy — is seeking lively, engaging bloggers who can contribute regularly to our market-leading media platforms. Here’s the scoop.
We’re seeking contributing bloggers for:
Somewhat buried in a press release today, Hewlett-Packard announced a new desktop Linux PC as well as an ongoing effort with Novell to push desktop Linux into schools. Will solutions providers move Novell’s SUSE Linux to the head of the class? Here’s the scoop from The VAR Guy.
Unison Technologies, with an assist from Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, says it is “launching a major threat to Microsoft Exchange.” Hmmm. The VAR Guy has heard similar grandstanding before from a range of companies. But Unison has caught our resident blogger’s attention a few times. Here’s why.
How does a managed services franchise work? I posed that question to Jason Creally, VP of sales at The Utility Company, during a late-afternoon meeting on December 9. Creally walked me and Amy Katz (my business partner) through The Utility Company’s business model — which extends managed services out to more than 60 IT service provider franchisees across North America.
The delicate dance between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and open source application providers continues. The latest example: Red Hat is among the latest investors in Jaspersoft, which specializes in open source business intelligence. Here’s the scoop, from The VAR Guy:
This week Jaspersoft is expected to announce:
Acer sometime today is expected to announce a so-called K-12 Seed Unit Program. The effort, which leverages Acer solutions providers, includes such prizes as a school computer lab and a truckload of Netbooks, The VAR Guy has heard. Here’s the scoop.
According to an Acer spokeswoman:
I’m in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada today visiting a few companies that specialize in managed services software. As you may know, Ottawa is a hotbed of managed services activity. Level Platforms, MSP Partners, N-able and The Utility Company are all headquartered here. (If you’re based in Ottawa and have an MSP focus, let me know and […]
Keep a close eye on ADTRAN and Interlink over the next few months, especially when it comes to potential managed services moves. ADTRAN specializes in networking equipment, and competes in some areas against Cisco Systems Inc. Interlink is a value-added distributor that assists ADTRAN resellers. Here’s where they may be heading together.
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