Category: Tech Insight

Survey finds MSPs are more appreciated in the age of the cloud

Survey finds MSPs are more appreciated in the age of the cloud

A global survey published this week by Accenture finds that in the age of the cloud more customers are willing to rely on managed service providers (MSPs). The survey of 200 senior IT professionals from large businesses finds that  87...

/ June 4, 2019
Helping your clients navigate the new cloud native landscape

Helping your clients navigate the new cloud native landscape

I spent last week in Barcelona at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation European conferences devoted to all things cloud native. The size of the show doubled since last year, as the concepts the foundation espouses have begun...

/ June 3, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The slow rise of video phones

Tech Time Warp: The slow rise of video phones

Chances are you’ve used Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime in the past week. Video-conferencing is so entrenched in modern life, it’s hard to understand why a May 30, 1996, announcement by AT&T and Intel about their new PC-based videophone left some...

/ May 31, 2019
Survey finds large appetite for SD-WAN change among IT executives

Survey finds large appetite for SD-WAN change among IT executives

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WANs) remains one of the fastest growing sectors in IT. In fact, a new survey of 400 IT executives published by Cato Networks, an SD-WAN service delivered via the cloud, indicates that 44 percent of respondents...

/ May 28, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

Tech Time Warp: Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

This week, Microsoft announced Project ION, its decentralized identification (DID) verification system built on top of the bitcoin blockchain. ION (Identity Overlay Network) is the first such project by a major tech company and could revolutionize the way users log...

/ May 17, 2019
Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

IT organizations, as well as the managed service providers (MSPs) that support them, are now in a race against time, as Microsoft prepares to end free support for Windows 7. Microsoft expects to stop delivering security updates for Windows 7...

/ May 14, 2019 / 1 Comment
How you can put advanced development technologies in reach of your clients

How you can put advanced development technologies in reach of your clients

Not everyone can embrace technology that is on the cutting edge. Most customers are more comfortable using tried and true tools and techniques. Yet, to move forward, every company eventually must transition to newer approaches, especially as these technologies are packaged...

/ May 10, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Flame, the virus with a massive controlled burn

Tech Time Warp: Flame, the virus with a massive controlled burn

The Flame virus first achieved infamy in May 2012, shortly after the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union asked a security company to look in to the hacking of Iranian computers. Although not widespread — only a few hundred computers are...

/ May 10, 2019
Microservices and the need for APIs

Microservices and the need for APIs

In my last piece, I discussed how MSPs need to start moving to a microservices architecture to embrace the rise of the composite app, created by pulling together microservices from across a hybrid private/public platform. The issue with such an...

/ May 6, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft introduces the “green-eyed” mouse

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft introduces the “green-eyed” mouse

Here’s a bit of trivia for your next cocktail party: The instruction manual for the first Microsoft Mouse (introduced May 2, 1983, as Microsoft’s first foray into peripherals) was a hefty 120-plus pages long. Yes, more than 120 pages. That...

/ May 3, 2019