BDR, Thanksgiving: Quality Matters
While leading managed services providers (MSPs) may be optimistically looking forward to a great fourth quarter and a prosperous 2014, struggling MSPs may perhaps be slowly dragging themselves toward the light at the end of the tunnel, hanging onto weak data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offerings.
Could a few tweaks in an MSP's data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offerings over the next month upgrade the whole experience? Consider the difference between enjoying delicious homemade mashed potatoes, versus consuming instant mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving dinner. It matters.
Over the past month, we've covered various BDR topics, ranging from preparing for tropical storms to new BDR partner programs for smaller MSPs. Take a look, pick and choose, and always remember: There's plenty of time to change bad habits, as well as expand your menu choices at this year's Thanksgiving dinner.
Everybody crowds into a successful market, a lesson that MSPs probably recognize from today's BDR market, a market that includes a number of vendor choices. But is an overpopulated BDR market good news for MSPs?
Pushing tape for BDR is a losing cause for MSPs trying to find a cheaper way to back up customer data. Why is tape considered to be a low-cost option? What do many businesses neglect to take into consideration when valuing the cost of tape backup?
Microsoft (MSFT) will be ending its suport for Windows Server 2003 soon, a decision that has MSPs scrambling to update customers with newer server products. But how can MSPs go about migrating servers without an increased level of risk and time consumption?
MSPs looking for less expensive ways than moving IT to the cloud may want to start looking at BDR as an alternative. Of course, things are a little different if an MSP has a financial incentive to move customers to the cloud.
Let's take a look at BDR at the personal level, shall we? — instead of focusing on the technical aspect of it. Take a look at each member of your sales team — go ahead. Think about how much value each person adds to your business. Are they dedicated? Do they go above and beyond? What makes them stand out?