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.

Hybrid cloud computing comes to MSPs

Hybrid cloud computing comes to MSPs

By now, it’s apparent that no single provider of cloud services is likely to dominate the market any time soon. A recent survey of 100 IT executives at Global 2000 companies conducted by Goldman Sachs finds slightly more organizations are...

/ January 15, 2020
Service for tracking products specifically employed by MSPs enters beta

Service for tracking products specifically employed by MSPs enters beta

While there is no shortage of online sites that compare products for end users, the number of sites that provide a similar service for managed service providers (MSPs) has been comparatively slight. MSP Navigator is now beta testing a namesake...

/ January 9, 2020
Identity access management emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2020

Identity access management emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2020

Managed service providers (MSPs) are keeping an eye out for any opportunity to expand the portfolio of services they offer. The challenge is determining what pain point affects a broad enough range of customers to financially sustain a practice. At...

/ January 7, 2020
MSPs need to get business leaders more involved in cybersecurity decisions

MSPs need to get business leaders more involved in cybersecurity decisions

Managed service providers (MSPs) have been benefiting from increased spending on security software and services throughout the past year. However, while industry analysts report that spending on security has, on average, increased by 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, a...

/ January 2, 2020
MSPs need to get closer to customers in 2020

MSPs need to get closer to customers in 2020

This time of year, most managed service providers (MSPs) are trying to discern what issues are top of mind for their customers as they gear up to head into the New Year. A recent survey of 500 IT professionals conducted...

/ December 18, 2019
Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

When vendors band together to promote the adoption of a standard via a consortium, it’s usually a sign that it will benefit managed service providers (MSPs). At the Edge Computing World Conference this week, the Eclipse Foundation, which now oversees...

/ December 12, 2019
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