Month: June 2018

NSFNET
Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

If you’re schooled in tech history, you’ve heard of ARPANET, the U.S. Department of Defense precursor to the Internet. But ARPANET wasn’t the only network to pave the way for the Information Superhighway. Also worthy of mention is NSFNET —a project...

/ June 8, 2018
Cloud 5: Microsoft’s underwater data center, avoiding cloud lock-in

Cloud 5: Microsoft’s underwater data center, avoiding cloud lock-in

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...

/ June 8, 2018
cybersecurity pressures
Mounting cybersecurity pressures taking a toll on internal IT

Mounting cybersecurity pressures taking a toll on internal IT

The single biggest impediment to any organization deciding to embrace managed security services is often the pride of the internal IT organization. Many IT professionals view having to rely on external help as a sign of weakness. That can be...

/ June 7, 2018
Microsoft makes a play for developers with GitHub acquisition

Microsoft makes a play for developers with GitHub acquisition

Microsoft spent a bushel of money this week to go out and buy GitHub. It cost them $7.5 billion in stock, quite a hefty price for the programming repository. In fact, it was 25 times revenue, according to a report...

/ June 7, 2018
VPNFilter
VPNFilter malware highlights router vulnerabilities

VPNFilter malware highlights router vulnerabilities

MSPs are in a good position to weather one of the most recent security threats to rear its head —VPNFilter. But, the recent hack provides a good reminder to pay attention to an unglamorous, often overlooked part of the IT...

/ June 6, 2018
Marketing campaign musts
Robin Robins: 10 marketing MUSTS for every campaign

Robin Robins: 10 marketing MUSTS for every campaign

The other day, as we were talking, a client shared with me an e-mail campaign sent out to close to 400 prospects WITH phone follow-up that generated a big fat ZERO. To be clear, not one of MY campaigns, but...

/ June 6, 2018
cybersecurity skills
Lack of cybersecurity skills, fear of reputation damage drive more reliance on MSPs

Lack of cybersecurity skills, fear of reputation damage drive more reliance on MSPs

Most organizations today are well aware of the potential risks associated with cyber security. But not all those risks are of equal weight. A global survey of 1,800 business decision-makers conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of NTT Security, a...

/ June 5, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I efficiently manage my IT help desk tickets?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I efficiently manage my IT help desk tickets?

  Q: As my MSP continues to grow, we’re receiving more support tickets, and it can be hard to keep up. We need a more organized process for responding to support calls. How can we streamline the ticketing process to...

/ June 4, 2018
SimCity
Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Once they’ve taken care of their basic needs, your Sims should get busy celebrating June 1. After all, on that date in 1995, software company Maxis—the gaming company founded by Will Wright and Jeff Braun—went public. Wright developed the idea...

/ June 1, 2018
Cloud 5: Avoiding cloud complexity, Nvidia ups stakes in AI cloud game

Cloud 5: Avoiding cloud complexity, Nvidia ups stakes in AI cloud game

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...

/ June 1, 2018