Month: December 2017

multi-cloud computing
Study finds mastering multi-cloud computing is difficult

Study finds mastering multi-cloud computing is difficult

A funny thing happened on the way to the cloud. IT became more difficult to manage. Most IT organizations today either already are or soon will be trying to manage multiple clouds, primarily for one of two reasons. The first...

/ December 12, 2017 / 2 Comments
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I make the most of my time during the holidays?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I make the most of my time during the holidays?

Q: With the holidays coming up, it seems like a lot of customers are going to be out of the office. While it is nice to have a bit of a break, I’d like to use my time productively to...

/ December 11, 2017
Apple QuickTime
Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

For today’s Mac user, QuickTime is nothing special—just part of the base package, lost among other bells and whistles. But travel back to this week in December 1991, when consumers got their first taste of QuickTime 1.0, and you’ll understand...

/ December 8, 2017
Cloud 5: Large enterprises head to the cloud, Pinterest all in on containers

Cloud 5: Large enterprises head to the cloud, Pinterest all in on containers

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 8, 2017
Containers
Shift to microservices architectures based on containers is on now

Shift to microservices architectures based on containers is on now

Emerging technologies tend to be double-edge swords for managed services providers. They typically create new opportunities for MSPs, but often at the expense of existing revenue streams. The rise of Docker containers along with the Kubernetes orchestration platform employed to...

/ December 7, 2017
Okta has healthy quarter as cloud log-in business continues to thrive

Okta has healthy quarter as cloud log-in business continues to thrive

Okta reported their earnings yesterday and the cloud-based identity management company came through with flying colors for the most part. For starters, revenue was a healthy $68.2 million. That’s up 61 percent year over year. Meanwhile, subscription revenue (that’s recurring...

/ December 7, 2017
external IT services
Reliance on external IT services shows steady gains

Reliance on external IT services shows steady gains

A global survey of 890 CIOs shows that the percentage of IT managed by external IT services providers is climbing at a slow but steady pace. Conducted by The Logicalis Group, a reseller and provider of managed IT services, the...

/ December 5, 2017
Ask an Expert: How can I measure my MSP marketing success?

Ask an Expert: How can I measure my MSP marketing success?

Q: We are investing more money in our MSP marketing, but we’re looking for ways to track our success. What marketing metrics should we measure? First of all, congratulations! Measuring the effectiveness of your campaigns is a great way to...

/ December 4, 2017
MP3 history
Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

In May, the creators of the MP3 called time of death on their revolutionary file format. The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany announced that its licensing program for MP3-related patents—the first of which was issued in the United States on Nov....

/ December 1, 2017
Cloud 5: AWS has re:Invent spotlight, Microsoft-SAP deepen partnership

Cloud 5: AWS has re:Invent spotlight, Microsoft-SAP deepen partnership

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 1, 2017