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.

Zero-trust IT transition requires MSP prudence

Zero-trust IT transition requires MSP prudence

Gartner is predicting that while 60 percent of organizations will embrace zero-trust as a starting point for security by 2025, more than half will fail to realize the benefits. In that same timeframe, however, 80 percent of enterprises will as...

/ July 20, 2022
MSPs will be increasingly caught up in remote work debate

MSPs will be increasingly caught up in remote work debate

While the debate over the merits of enabling a much larger percentage of the workforce to work remotely intensifies as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes an aspect of daily life, it appears most organizations are now resigned to the fact that...

/ July 19, 2022 / 6 Comments
MSPs will need to drive MFA adoption for small businesses

MSPs will need to drive MFA adoption for small businesses

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a critical element of any approach to achieving zero-trust IT security. Yet, a global survey of 1,403 small business owners conducted by the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) finds that more than half still rely only on...

/ July 13, 2022
Alternate cloud service providers are on the rise

Alternate cloud service providers are on the rise

A much larger percentage of IT organizations appear to be less committed to the top three cloud service providers as it becomes more apparent that the compute and storage platforms being delivered have become commodities. A survey of 458 development...

/ July 6, 2022
Salaries for IT pros with cloud expertise present MSP challenge

Salaries for IT pros with cloud expertise present MSP challenge

As the number of workloads shifting to the cloud continues to accelerate, one of the biggest limitations in terms of the addressable market for managed service providers (MSPs) is now the salaries of the IT professionals that have the expertise...

/ June 29, 2022
Survey shows MSPs gaining ground with SMEs

Survey shows MSPs gaining ground with SMEs

A survey of 1,007 IT decision makers at small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the U.S. and United Kingdom suggests that managed service providers (MSPs) are now being viewed as more essential than ever before.

/ June 16, 2022 / 4 Comments
Zero-trust IT creates major opportunity for MSPs

Zero-trust IT creates major opportunity for MSPs

Interest levels in approaches to creating zero-trust IT environments are now reaching a zenith. A survey of 800 IT and security professionals, conducted by The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), finds 94 percent of respondents are in the process of implementing...

/ June 8, 2022
Remote work has forever changed managed services

Remote work has forever changed managed services

When the shift to remote work first occurred, there was a sense that no matter how bad the COVID-19 pandemic became there would be a return to the office. Two years later the pandemic is still with us, and the...

/ June 6, 2022 / 4 Comments
Multi-cloud is here to stay

Multi-cloud is here to stay

A survey of 360 CIOs and IT leaders in the US and the United Kingdom finds 82 percent of respondents have adopted multiple clouds, with more than three-quarters (78 percent) deploying workloads in more than three public clouds. Conducted by...

/ May 30, 2022
New security guidance will raise cost of delivering managed service

New security guidance will raise cost of delivering managed service

The cybersecurity authorities of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States have issued an alert to notify managed service providers (MSPs) of an increase in malicious cyber activity and provide best practice security guidance for how...

/ May 23, 2022 / 6 Comments