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.

Deployments of 5G networks start to accelerate

Deployments of 5G networks start to accelerate

While the definition of what precisely constitutes a 5G networking service has become a little fluid, it’s clear that both enterprise IT organizations and service providers are starting to deploy the technologies required to enable these next generation networking services. 

/ November 13, 2018
Rapid adoption of Kubernetes is creating a void for MSPs to fill

Rapid adoption of Kubernetes is creating a void for MSPs to fill

Kubernetes, a de facto standard for managing containers, is being adopted as a platform in enterprise IT organizations at a rate that is unprecedented for any emerging technology in memory. A survey of 200 C-level executive and IT managers conducted...

/ November 8, 2018
Race to automate endpoint automation is well underway

Race to automate endpoint automation is well underway

Most of the focus on automation has been on data centers, that have in recent years become overly complex to manage. But a new survey of 100 IT managers in the U.S. published by MOBI, a provider of mobile management...

/ November 6, 2018
Increasing cloud computing complexity benefits IT solution providers

Increasing cloud computing complexity benefits IT solution providers

There’s a tendency to think of the cloud as having some state of permanence. Cloud computing, however, by its very nature is ephemeral. The data centers that make up the cloud are physical assets that are not going anywhere. But...

/ November 2, 2018
Microsoft CTO sees managed services as the key to future partner success

Microsoft CTO sees managed services as the key to future partner success

Cloud computing is making IT so inexpensive and accessible that soon, there won’t be any real profit margins unless an IT solution is delivered as part of a new application or significantly transforms an existing business process. That’s the wake-up...

/ October 30, 2018
Most organizations are planning to fail when it comes to disaster recovery

Most organizations are planning to fail when it comes to disaster recovery

A survey of 700 IT professionals published this week by Spiceworks, a provider of IT tools distributed via an online IT community, finds that 95 percent of IT organizations have a disaster recovery (DR) plan. However, the survey data also...

/ October 25, 2018
Battle for control over network services for remote offices is about to begin in earnest

Battle for control over network services for remote offices is about to begin in earnest

There are very few organizations that are satisfied with the quality of the virtual private network (VPN) experience being provided to their end users. Most VPNs are cumbersome to use and challenging to secure and manage.

/ October 23, 2018
Gartner: Spending on IT services set to top $1 trillion

Gartner: Spending on IT services set to top $1 trillion

Global spending on IT services will exceed $1 trillion for the first time in 2019, according to a report published this week by Gartner. Revealed during the annual Gartner Symposium / ITxpo 2018 conference, the latest forecast predicts spending on...

/ October 19, 2018
CompTIA survey finds a modern IT channel transformed

CompTIA survey finds a modern IT channel transformed

A “7th State of the Channel: Trends in the Technology Ecosystem” report from the industry trade association CompTIA suggests that managed services have finally emerged as the top driver of revenue for channel partners. Specifically, the survey of 400 IT...

/ October 16, 2018
MSPs need to stay relevant in the age of the cloud

MSPs need to stay relevant in the age of the cloud

There are two inexorable facts about cybersecurity and email that managed service providers (MSPs) can’t ignore. The first is that for all intents and purposes, email has become a cloud service. There may be some organizations still running a Microsoft...

/ October 11, 2018