Month: November 2017

ugly marketing
Robin Robins: Embrace the power of UGLY marketing

Robin Robins: Embrace the power of UGLY marketing

She May Be Ugly But She Sure Can Cook: That’s a line from a country-and-western song, and it applies to a lot of the “ugly” marketing I produce. Over and over again, in direct response marketing circles where REAL metrics are...

/ November 15, 2017
multi-cloud
Multi-cloud computing raises new management challenges

Multi-cloud computing raises new management challenges

Even though most IT organizations are still a long way from mastering the management of public clouds, a significant percentage are already employing two or more clouds. A new survey conducted by the research firm opinion.life on behalf of BMC...

/ November 15, 2017
Ask an Expert: What should I look for in a good integration?

Ask an Expert: What should I look for in a good integration?

Q: As we continue to grow our IT services business, we noticed there are areas where we could be more efficient—which is why we’re looking for backup solutions that closely integrate with our current PSA and RMM tools. What are...

/ November 13, 2017 / 1 Comment
Timesharing computing
Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Cloud computing might seem like a modern convenience, but its roots lie in the timesharing computers developed at MIT in the 1960s. Project MAC was directed by Italian-American computer pioneer Robert Fano, born on Nov. 11, 1917. Funded by the...

/ November 10, 2017
Cloud 5: Will the edge kill the cloud, public cloud’s role in emerging tech

Cloud 5: Will the edge kill the cloud, public cloud’s role in emerging tech

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find. Before we jump into this week’s links, please have a look at one of...

/ November 10, 2017
Microsoft Office 365
Long March to Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud Remains Ahead

Long March to Microsoft Office 365 in the Cloud Remains Ahead

One of the primary drivers of the shift to cloud computing has been Microsoft Office 365, which delivers the widely used Microsoft productivity and email applications as a cloud service. But, a survey of 1,168 IT professionals in the U.S.,...

/ November 9, 2017
As OpenStack grows up, it’s becoming a significant economic engine

As OpenStack grows up, it’s becoming a significant economic engine

OpenStack was created in 2010 by Rackspace and NASA as a check against the growing power of AWS in the cloud. People were concerned about AWS’s “black box” approach to cloud service delivery and the consortium of companies that started...

/ November 9, 2017
OpenStack momentum
OpenStack adoption picks up momentum

OpenStack adoption picks up momentum

Usage of the open source OpenStack cloud management framework has been limited mostly to cloud services providers due to the complexity involved in standing up these IT environments. But, a new report from 451 Research published this week suggests that...

/ November 7, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I create a 2018 business plan?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I create a 2018 business plan?

Q: In 2018, we really want to grow our MSP business. We’re having trouble putting together business plan that will help us do that, though. Where should we start? Writing a business plan plays a key role in your MSP...

/ November 6, 2017 / 1 Comment
Morris worm
Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

The morning of Nov. 3, 1988, the Internet discovered stranger danger thanks to a 24-year-old grad student whose intellectual curiosity got out of hand. The Morris worm was the creation of Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris Jr. and provided...

/ November 3, 2017