Month: December 2017

data breaches
The most telling cyber-attacks and data breaches of 2017

The most telling cyber-attacks and data breaches of 2017

You’re not imagining things if it feels like you saw more headlines in the past 12 months about massive cyber-attacks and big companies being breached than you did in the past. 2017 was a year that saw ransomware become a...

/ December 29, 2017
Charles Babbage
Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Amid the time warp that is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, don’t forget to raise a glass of eggnog in honor of Charles Babbage, the “Father of Computing,” born on Dec. 26, 1791. The English mathematician’s prescient plans—some...

/ December 29, 2017
Big Data Analytics
Big Data analytics platforms in the cloud see wider adoption

Big Data analytics platforms in the cloud see wider adoption

A new report from Dresner Advisory Services suggests that managed Big Data analytics platforms based on instances of Hadoop delivered via the cloud gained significant traction in 2017. The research firm’s 2017 Big Data Analytics Market Study finds that instances of Hadoop...

/ December 28, 2017
Market your MSP
Brad Stoller: How to market your MSP with dignity

Brad Stoller: How to market your MSP with dignity

The loudest voices in marketing can paint a picture where late-night infomercials, cheesy banner ads, and pushy salespeople represent the standard of what marketing is and should be. While there is no shortage of bad marketing out there, it is...

/ December 27, 2017 / 3 Comments
VoIP
Transition to VoIP solutions has some hang-ups to overcome

Transition to VoIP solutions has some hang-ups to overcome

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is at the root of many of the more advanced communications and collaboration applications that have been deployed in the past year. But a survey conducted jointly by Spiceworks and CenturyLink suggests there is plenty of room for...

/ December 26, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I make my MSP wishes come true this holiday season?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I make my MSP wishes come true this holiday season?

Q: Getting ready for the holidays, I’ve been thinking about the past year and what I wish I could achieve at my MSP business. How can I give my business the gift of success in the New Year? Happy Holidays!...

/ December 25, 2017
Christma Exec
Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

As an MSP, you might want to remind clients not to let holiday cheer get in the way of smart Internet use and security best practices. Thirty years ago, users of the European Academic Research Network (EARN) and its U.S....

/ December 22, 2017 / 1 Comment
Cloud 5: Oracle buys a cloud present, another Chinese cloud company enters US market

Cloud 5: Oracle buys a cloud present, another Chinese cloud company enters US market

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...

/ December 22, 2017
revenue growth rates
Revenue growth rates rise sharply in 2017 across all classes of clouds

Revenue growth rates rise sharply in 2017 across all classes of clouds

They say a flood lifts all boats, but given the revenue growth rates across the entire cloud computing sector, something more akin to a tsunami is occurring. A report issued this week by Jeffries, an investment banking firm, says the...

/ December 21, 2017
The cloud surged in 2017

The cloud surged in 2017

As Frank Sinatra once crooned, it was a very good year. While he definitely wasn’t talking about cloud computing, 2017 was a year the cloud really became a standard way of computing — and it was a very good year....

/ December 20, 2017