Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: May 14

Seven Managed Services Blogs MSPmentor Didn't Write: May 14

Time never seems to be on our side here at MSPmentor. There are too many news leads and too few hours in the day. With those challenges in mind, here are seven managed services blog entries MSPmentor's staff didn't have time to write for the week ending May 14, 2010.

7. Peace of Mind: Small-biz online backup player Storage Guardian has attained SAS Type 70, Level 2 compliance.

6. More Peace of Mind: Roaring Penguin, the anti-spam specialist, has integrated with Autotask's PSA platform. Check in with your specific PSA or RMM (remote management and monitoring) software provider for a complete list of integrated security platforms. Frankly, the list is too lengthy for me to track at this point.

5. The Tween Years Are Coming: N-able, the remote monitoring and management specialist, becomes a 10-year-old company next week. Next time I feel tired from blogging non-stop about managed services, I'll consider the 10-years that N-able CEO Gavin Garbutt and his team have invested in this market...

4. Who "Owns" LabTech Software?: In recent weeks, a few readers have asked me whether (A) ConnectWise Capital is an investor in LabTech Software or (B) if ConnectWise outright owns LabTech.

Officially, I believe the answer is "A" but here's a follow up question from me: Does the answer really matter? Clearly, ConnectWise Capital wants to see its investment in LabTech perform well. So, you can bet that means plenty of market synergy between ConnectWise and LabTech, even as ConnectWise keeps its APIs open to independent software partners.

4. More Momentum?: CentraStage, the UK-based remote monitoring and management software company, may be gaining more momentum. Sources say Carphone Warehouse (the UK’s biggest mobile phone retailer) and Best Buy, which opened their first shop in the UK last week, will managing their store networks through CentraStage.

3. A NOC Worth Noting: Keep a really close eye on NetEnrich. After a hit-and-miss RMM strategy, the company gained new life as a NOC provider to MSPs. I'm listening closely to two rumored moves involving the company. Both should be official by mid-2010, if not sooner.

2. Let's Make a Deal?: Something apparently is cooking between The I.T. Pros and All Covered, two well-known MSPs. Potential details soon. (Really soon.) UPDATE: Here are the details.

1. Giants Awaken?: Still hearing about Hewlett-Packard and Symantec potentially making MSP software moves. But I don't have specific details... at least not yet.

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