Mike Vizard

All posts by Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Smarter MSP.

Drivers for cloud adoption are starting to go beyond IT cost concerns

Drivers for cloud adoption are starting to go beyond IT cost concerns

A survey published by Infosys Knowledge Institute suggests that the primary reason organizations are embracing cloud computing is no longer just about lowering costs. The survey of 876 executives from organizations with over $1 billion in revenues operating in the...

/ June 13, 2019
Oracle alliance with Microsoft complicates cloud computing relationships

Oracle alliance with Microsoft complicates cloud computing relationships

Cloud computing makes for strange bedfellows, but now that Oracle and Microsoft have agreed to work together to integrate Oracle Cloud services with the Microsoft Azure cloud, almost anything seems possible. The agreement between the two companies represents something of...

/ June 11, 2019
LF Edge launches frameworks for building edge solutions

LF Edge launches frameworks for building edge solutions

The Linux Foundation wants to make it simpler for managed service providers (MSPs) to construct their own edge computing solutions using open source software. The LF Edge arm of the Linux Foundation announced the availability of a set of frameworks...

/ June 6, 2019
Survey finds MSPs are more appreciated in the age of the cloud

Survey finds MSPs are more appreciated in the age of the cloud

A global survey published this week by Accenture finds that in the age of the cloud more customers are willing to rely on managed service providers (MSPs). The survey of 200 senior IT professionals from large businesses finds that  87...

/ June 4, 2019
Increased complexity pushes internal IT teams closer to the breaking point

Increased complexity pushes internal IT teams closer to the breaking point

The decision to rely on a managed service provider (MSP) often comes down to the IT skills, or lack thereof, any organization has at hand. The more complex the IT environment, the thinner the level of expertise that can be...

/ May 30, 2019
Survey finds large appetite for SD-WAN change among IT executives

Survey finds large appetite for SD-WAN change among IT executives

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WANs) remains one of the fastest growing sectors in IT. In fact, a new survey of 400 IT executives published by Cato Networks, an SD-WAN service delivered via the cloud, indicates that 44 percent of respondents...

/ May 28, 2019
Need for zero-trust IT environments bodes well for MSPs

Need for zero-trust IT environments bodes well for MSPs

As part of a concerted effort to improve their overall cybersecurity posture, most organizations are now moving towards building a true zero-trust IT environment. After years of pursuing a hodgepodge approach to IT, organizations are starting to realize that a...

/ May 23, 2019
Worldwide popularity of GDPR on the rise

Worldwide popularity of GDPR on the rise

The first anniversary of a move by the European Union to impose a General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) arrives at the end of this week. GDPR was enacted to protect the digital rights of anyone doing business with a company...

/ May 21, 2019
Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

One of the toughest, and often thankless, roles in all of IT is that of the managed security services provider (MSSP). Most MSSPs know cyberattacks tend to come in waves. Cybercriminals like to mix up their attack vectors to avoid...

/ May 17, 2019
Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

IT organizations, as well as the managed service providers (MSPs) that support them, are now in a race against time, as Microsoft prepares to end free support for Windows 7. Microsoft expects to stop delivering security updates for Windows 7...

/ May 14, 2019 / 1 Comment