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I’ve heard the hype about managed services in Australia. So I decided to reach out for some more information. I wanted to learn how MSP trends in Australia differed from those in the U.S. Scott Jones, general manager and owner of IT Leaders, an Australian solution provider that has more than 1,000 small and midsize […]
Competition drives innovation. A case in point: Because the PC market is now wide-open to competition (Windows, Mac OS, Linux), managed service platform providers are working overtime to support customer choice. Kaseya’s latest platform release, for instance, embraces Intel vPro technology and Mac OS X. Going broad with Intel support and deep with Mac OS […]
Slashdot has posted an article about a site that could be one of the best ways for new ideas to be included in future Ubuntu releases. The new site is called Brainstorm. It has been inspired by IdeaStorm, a site put up for submitting ideas to Dell. Although there is no official announcement on either […]
Well, The VAR Guy is eating a healthy serving of crow today. He’s been negative on Novell for a few years, and he frequently questioned the company’s open source software strategy. But according to a new piece of financial news, the Linux provider is performing better than Wall Street expected. Here’s the scoop, which surprised […]
Economic concerns continue in the US, but some clear IT spending trends are beginning to surface. If you look at recent financial results from networking companies, PC companies, software specialists and service providers, you can get a better feel for how to shape your managed services practice for the rest of 2008.
Since Ubuntu is such a large project, it can be hard to determine how you can help bring new users to the operating system. In my opinion, one of the best ways to help in the advocation effort is through Local Community Teams, simply called “LoCo” for short. Evangelizing Ubuntu becomes much easier if you’re […]
Several dozen VARs are heading to a managed services luncheon today in New York, where they’ll learn about best practices for hardware as a service (HaaS), managed printing and managed security. I’ve attended a few of these luncheons, which are hosted by Do IT Smarter, MX Logic and Xerox. At some point during today’s event, […]
Digital signage: At first, it was considered a hardware opportunity for VARs. But a second look reveals that it’s a recurring revenue and software-as-a-service (SaaS) opportunity for managed service providers. MSPmentor said exactly that on February 6. Now comes word that Ingram Micro, the massive distributor, plans to offer a digital signage SaaS solution from […]
Salesforce.com delivered the goods today. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) company announced particularly strong quarterly profits and raised its rest-of-year financial guidance. That’s great news for SaaS and its close cousin, managed services. But let’s not get too giddy. I told readers a few weeks ago to get ready for SalesForce.com’s results. After all, the company is […]
I believe we’re about to see Ubuntu reach another tipping point, this time on the server. While thousands — perhaps, millions? — of users discover Ubuntu desktops, the Linux operating system is beginning to gain traction on servers as well. The latest example: System76 Inc., a small but well-respected Ubuntu PC supplier, has announced a […]
The next major production release of Ubuntu — version 8.04 LTS, codenamed Hardy Heron — will ship with KVM as its virtualization package. This choice is surprising to those of us who have been watching the Xen virtualization package become the darling of Virtual Machine world. So let’s try to make sense out of the […]