Category: Tech Insight

As the 911 outage proved, anything can go down

As the 911 outage proved, anything can go down

As we embark upon a new year, perhaps with some optimism, it’s always a good idea to understand that there are some things that you can control and some you can’t. Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, there are...

/ January 4, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Mockapetris invents the domain name system

Tech Time Warp: Mockapetris invents the domain name system

It’s easy to tell your friends that your favorite blog is SmarterMSP.com. It would be harder to suggest that they visit 104.196.23.244. You can thank Paul Mockapetris for the ease with which you can recommend websites. In January 1985, Mockapetris...

/ January 4, 2019
Edge computing emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2019

Edge computing emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2019

As the IT industry enters 2019, there’s a lot of excitement about edge computing. Of course, edge computing is not necessarily a new idea. IT organizations have been deploying applications in, for example, remote offices or on various classes of...

/ January 2, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Time names the computer “Machine of the Year”

Tech Time Warp: Time names the computer “Machine of the Year”

The announcement of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” has been a year-end tradition since 1927, when Charles Lindbergh was named “Man of the Year” following his solo flight across the Atlantic.

/ December 28, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Network administrators had to deal with an unfriendly visitor during the 2004 holiday season: the Santy worm. Written in Perl, this malware targeted servers that hosted online bulletin boards running on the free phpBB software.

/ December 21, 2018
Service providers shifting towards closing the network automation loop

Service providers shifting towards closing the network automation loop

The race to automate the delivery of networking services is clearly on as the service provider industry heads into 2019. A new survey of 130 service providers conducted by the research firm Futorium suggests that the primary driver of those...

/ December 20, 2018
Definition of hybrid cloud computing is rapidly evolving

Definition of hybrid cloud computing is rapidly evolving

There may never come a day when all application workloads run in a public cloud. However, the rate at which application workloads will shift towards public clouds appears to be poised to accelerate in the next few years.

/ December 18, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

Tech Time Warp: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

After World War II, British electrical engineer Frederic Williams found himself on the hunt for his next project. During the war, he had developed radar technology that could identify friendly aircraft, using “Friend or Foe,” or IFF, radar. So, what...

/ December 14, 2018
Linux Foundation is looking for a few good MSPs with networking expertise

Linux Foundation is looking for a few good MSPs with networking expertise

The Linux Foundation is looking for managed service providers (MSP) and systems integrators to start contributing to multiple projects seeking to transform networking using open source code.

/ December 13, 2018
Five MSP security predictions for 2019

Five MSP security predictions for 2019

The champagne hasn’t been purchased, the noisemakers are still in storage, and the ball in Times Square hasn’t fallen to usher in 2019 yet. The ball is operated and dropped using a computer network, one that we hope is well...

/ December 12, 2018