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.

Shift to the hybrid cloud drives increased reliance on MSPs

Shift to the hybrid cloud drives increased reliance on MSPs

Just about everyone agrees that more application workloads will be moving into the cloud. The only real question now, is to what degree. A survey of 508 IT professionals conducted by Internap (INAP), a provider of managed services, finds that...

/ December 3, 2019
Ten technology trends MSPs can be thankful for in 2019

Ten technology trends MSPs can be thankful for in 2019

The arrival of Thanksgiving once again presents an opportunity for managed service providers (MSPs) to take stock of the opportunities that lay before them. With the spirit of the holiday in mind, here are ten technology trends benefiting MSPs, as...

/ November 28, 2019
Percentage of revenue organizations are investing in IT increases sharply

Percentage of revenue organizations are investing in IT increases sharply

A global survey of more than 2,500 business and technology leaders conducted by the research firm ESI ThoughtLab, on behalf of Cognizant, a provider of IT services, suggests that the amount of money organizations are willing to invest in IT...

/ November 26, 2019
Shift to network services on Kubernetes and containers is underway

Shift to network services on Kubernetes and containers is underway

Cloud-native container technologies are about to extensively transform networking services. At the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2019 conference earlier this week, a demonstration of how a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) network built on top of a Kubernetes cluster that accessed...

/ November 21, 2019
Hybrid cloud computing opportunity starts to manifest for MSPs

Hybrid cloud computing opportunity starts to manifest for MSPs

Most IT organizations want to embrace hybrid cloud computing, but most are far away from achieving that goal. In fact, a survey of 2,650 IT professionals conducted by the research firm Vanson Bourne, on behalf of Nutanix, suggests a large...

/ November 19, 2019
As cloud spending increases, relationships become complicated

As cloud spending increases, relationships become complicated

A forecast published this week by Gartner suggests that the spending on various cloud services will continue to accelerate through 2020. However, the Gartner report also predicts that 60 percent of organizations will be employing managed services provided by cloud...

/ November 14, 2019
Optimizing cloud experiences could be the next big opportunity

Optimizing cloud experiences could be the next big opportunity

Most organizations at this point have migrated some portion of their IT environment to a cloud computing environment. However, a report published today by Unisys shows that not all those organizations know what to do once that migration is completed....

/ November 12, 2019
Digital business transformation initiatives need MSPs with data management expertise

Digital business transformation initiatives need MSPs with data management expertise

A survey of 450 digital transformation leaders conducted by the market research firm Vanson Bourne, on behalf of Couchbase, a provider of a document database, finds that organizations will spend an average on $30 million on these types of project...

/ November 7, 2019
MSPs as my co-pilot: How managed services are evolving

MSPs as my co-pilot: How managed services are evolving

With the rate at which workloads have been moving public clouds, it may not come as a surprise to managed service providers (MSPs) that capital spending in hyperscale environments is increasing. A survey of 200 IT decision makers published by...

/ November 5, 2019
MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

Halloween is supposed to that one day of the year when ghosts, goblins, and other supernatural threats are supposedly allowed to roam the land before the onset of the dark days of winter. Unfortunately, for cybersecurity professionals, every day feels...

/ October 31, 2019