Multiple hardware and software companies are partnering up and choosing sides in a bid to expand the European managed services market. The moves apparently include a new relationship between Level Platforms and Gateway (the PC maker), plus an ongoing relationship between Intel and N-able.
Gateway back in February 2009 vowed to launch a managed services initiative to support its European channel partners. Now comes word that Gateway has quietly partnered with Level Platforms on the MSP strategy, according to The Inquirer, an IT media site in the United Kingdom.
If true, this is the second major MSP move Level Platforms has announced in less than a week. The company last week unveiled a strategy to help MSPs monitor cloud applications -- including the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). I've reached out to Level Platforms CEO Peter Sandiford seeking confirmation and comment about the potential Gateway-Level Platforms relationship in Europe.
Also Chipping In...Meanwhile, Intel -- with an assist from N-able -- is building a managed services cloud that will eventually blanket all of Europe. That project involves Intel's Multi-Site Director platform. Apparently, Multi-Site director is based on N-able's core code but contains Intel-developed enhancements.
Not by coincidence, N-able VP of Sales Mike Cullen was in Europe last week for a series of roundtable and targeted events that evangelize managed services to European VARs and MSPs.
Generally speaking, MSP software providers consider the European market to be a major area of opportunity. Nearly a dozen MSPs from across Europe landed on our 2008-2009 MSPmentor 100, and my best guess is that figure will grow as more European VARs embrace managed services.
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