Month: March 2018

Cloud 5: Salesforce’s $6.5B MuleSoft bet, Apple and IBM expand partnership to AI

Cloud 5: Salesforce’s $6.5B MuleSoft bet, Apple and IBM expand partnership to AI

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...

/ March 23, 2018
Google Cloud looks ready to board the blockchain train

Google Cloud looks ready to board the blockchain train

Blockchain is surely the buzzword of the day. All you need to do is put blockchain in your title and your stock goes up, as we actually saw a soft drink company attempt at the end of last year. Yet,...

/ March 22, 2018
Cloud security
Appreciating the complexity of cloud security

Appreciating the complexity of cloud security

It looks like IT organizations finally are starting to appreciate how difficult cloud security is to achieve and maintain. A new survey of 618 IT decision makers, conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of Barracuda Networks, finds that 74 percent...

/ March 22, 2018
MSP niche
Mike J Douglass: Find your MSP niche and take your business to the next level

Mike J Douglass: Find your MSP niche and take your business to the next level

A lot of managed service providers and IT suppliers look the same — they’re all vanilla. Ten years ago, this was fine because you were still in high demand for your IT skills and knowledge. Now with advancements in technology, automation,...

/ March 21, 2018
AI arms race
AI arms race bodes well for IT services providers

AI arms race bodes well for IT services providers

There’s a lot of hype about artificial intelligence (AI) applications that exceeds any reality. But, it is true that just about every application imaginable will soon be infused with machine- and deep-learning algorithms capable of automating a wide variety of...

/ March 20, 2018
intent-based networking
Alex Hoff: Intent-based networking will revolutionize managed services

Alex Hoff: Intent-based networking will revolutionize managed services

Wouldn’t it be great if managing a network were like ordering a pizza? Decide what you want, make a phone call (or visit a website), and place your order — done. Figuring out how to fill the order wouldn’t be...

/ March 19, 2018
International presence has become table stakes for cloud infrastructure providers

International presence has become table stakes for cloud infrastructure providers

As we watch the biggest Infrastructure-as-a-Service players battle it out for dominance, it’s becoming apparent that building a worldwide presence has become a requirement to compete in this market. If you doubt that supposition, consider that we are seeing announcements...

/ March 19, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How to make troubleshooting errors easier

Ask an MSP Expert: How to make troubleshooting errors easier

Q: The good news is my MSP has added multiple customers to our managed service plan recently, and we’re very happy with the increasing volume of customers. The bad news is my techs have been spending more time troubleshooting errors....

/ March 19, 2018
Atanasoff-Berry computer
Tech Time Warp: John Vincent Atanasoff named inventor of the digital computer

Tech Time Warp: John Vincent Atanasoff named inventor of the digital computer

The story of the Atanaoff-Berry Computer, or the ABC, has plenty of interesting twists—not the least of which is a March 19, 1972, court ruling pronouncing co-inventor John Vincent Atanasoff the rightful inventor of the electronic digital computer. Previously that...

/ March 16, 2018
Cloud 5: Microsoft beefs up its Middle Eastern presence, Salesforce returns to SMB roots

Cloud 5: Microsoft beefs up its Middle Eastern presence, Salesforce returns to SMB roots

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. And without further delay, here we go with this week’s links:

/ March 16, 2018