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.

Definition of hybrid cloud computing is rapidly evolving

Definition of hybrid cloud computing is rapidly evolving

There may never come a day when all application workloads run in a public cloud. However, the rate at which application workloads will shift towards public clouds appears to be poised to accelerate in the next few years.

/ December 18, 2018
Linux Foundation is looking for a few good MSPs with networking expertise

Linux Foundation is looking for a few good MSPs with networking expertise

The Linux Foundation is looking for managed service providers (MSP) and systems integrators to start contributing to multiple projects seeking to transform networking using open source code.

/ December 13, 2018
DRaaS emerges as a red-hot opportunity for MSPs

DRaaS emerges as a red-hot opportunity for MSPs

Thanks to concerns about cybersecurity and increased complexity with the data environment itself, a report published today by Future Market Insights predicts the Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) market will grow in the U.S. from $2.45 billion to $8.4 billion by 2021.

/ December 11, 2018
MSPs should plan now for a better IoT tomorrow

MSPs should plan now for a better IoT tomorrow

While it’s still early days as far as the Internet of Things (IoT) market opportunity is concerned, a new survey suggests the opportunity surrounding IoT could be massive. A global survey of 700 organizations conducted by ReRez Research on behalf...

/ December 6, 2018
MSPs need to find ways to stay relevant in the DevOPs era

MSPs need to find ways to stay relevant in the DevOPs era

The single most important thing for managed service providers (MSPs) to do is to align their technology skills with their customers needs. After all, most IT organizations are only going to look outside for help when they can’t do a...

/ December 4, 2018
AWS push into on-premises IT environments changes business model equation for MSPs

AWS push into on-premises IT environments changes business model equation for MSPs

It’s now officially the best and worst of times for managed service providers (MSPs). Most of the IT resources made available these days are delivered as a managed service by the cloud service provider. On the one hand, that clearly...

/ November 29, 2018
AWS unfurls global managed networking service

AWS unfurls global managed networking service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) made it abundantly clear this week that the cloud service provider intends to aggressively compete as a provider of managed networking services. This follows the launch of AWS Global Accelerator, a managed service based on the...

/ November 27, 2018
Progress on IoT projects remains slow but steady

Progress on IoT projects remains slow but steady

By now, most organizations are at the very least familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT) as a concept. However, adoption of IoT has been uneven at best. A new report published by Dresner Advisory Services finds only 32 percent...

/ November 22, 2018
Hybrid cloud opportunity for MSPs starts to materialize

Hybrid cloud opportunity for MSPs starts to materialize

A survey of 2,300 IT professionals conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Nutanix, a provider of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms, suggest IT leaders are getting much savvier about cloud computing. The survey finds 91 percent of respondents now see...

/ November 20, 2018
Spending on Managed Security Services expected to jump in 2019

Spending on Managed Security Services expected to jump in 2019

The fact that organizations will be spending much more on cybersecurity in 2019 shouldn’t come as a surprise given the continued increase in both volume and sophistication of the attacks being launched.

/ November 15, 2018