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Hiring Priorities: Should You Add Another Tech or a Marketing/Sales Expert?

Fri, 2017-08-18 14:18
Which will advance your business faster is a long-raging debate in the managed services community.

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2017 MSPmentor 501: Top 10 MSPs From the Southeast

Fri, 2017-08-18 13:14
These are the top 10 MSPs from the MSPmentor 501: 2017 Global Edition -- Worldwide Company Rankings with headquarters in the Southeast (U.S.).

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Focusing on ‘Gain’ Instead of ‘Preventing Pain’ in IT

Fri, 2017-08-18 12:09
Tim Hebert | Carousel Industries If we start being cognizant of the time spent on Pain—and instead schedule and defend the time we spend on Gain—we help ourselves, and our organizations, drive toward more favorable business outcomes.

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3 MSP Metrics (Beyond Profitability) That Indicate Success

Fri, 2017-08-18 08:56
It’s tempting for MSP business owners to gauge their success based solely on profitability. And, while this highly important metric shouldn’t be ignored, it doesn’t offer the total picture of a company’s success — especially if you’re a VAR that’s only recently made the transition to selling managed services.

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Cisco Outlook Shows Robbins Turnaround Hasn’t Spurred Growth

Thu, 2017-08-17 21:34
Ian King | Bloomberg Cisco’s transition into a company that’s less dependent on hardware is hurting its overall growth as the software and services businesses that CEO Chuck Robbins is trying to build take time to gain ground.

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If I Were Launching an MSP Now | Gareth McKee

Thu, 2017-08-17 14:45
Svetlana Didorenko The CEO of Burnt Orange Solutions, based in Saskatoon, Canada, shares three suggestions he’d apply if he were launching an MSP from scratch today

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Read the Final Report: ‘IKARUSdilapidated’ Ransomware Attack

Thu, 2017-08-17 12:51
Cyber security vendor Comodo this week issued details of a newly discovered and ongoing large-scale ransomware campaign that is using a variant of the infamous “Locky” malware.

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Massive New ‘Locky’-Variant Ransomware Attack Now Underway

Wed, 2017-08-16 20:51
Many endpoint protection solutions have been updated to detect Locky ransomware but as a new variant, emails containing the IKARUSdilapidated strain can be designated as “unknown file” types and slip through security tools.

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Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing for HPC in Azure

Wed, 2017-08-16 18:34
Nicole Henderson | Windows IT Pro Cycle Computing’s CycleCloud software suite provides cloud orchestration, provisioning, and data management for big compute.

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The Managed Kubernetes Opportunity for MSPs

Wed, 2017-08-16 11:37
MSPs can meet demand for managed Kubernetes, or Kubernetes-as-a-Service, which is currently available from only a handful of providers.

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News & Notes: Autotask Launches New Ticket Interface

Tue, 2017-08-15 23:13
Also: Masergy’s new EDR service, Continuum in Australia, Webroot acquisition and Kaseya’s new Traverse due soon.

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Ask a Security Expert: Security Vendor Tackles Malware Attacks

Tue, 2017-08-15 19:08
George Anderson | Webroot Internet security vendors are paid by their customers to protect them, and spend much of their time and effort in continually combatting and improving defenses against all malware – including ransomware.

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Moving from VAR to MSP? These 3 Tips Are a Must

Tue, 2017-08-15 05:37
The VAR business isn’t what it used to be. Competition on pricing is intense, and profit margins have become paper thin. As a result, some VARs are looking for ways to diversify their offerings and generate new revenue. For many, that means delivering managed IT services.

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MSP 'Denali AI' Fights Costly Fraud Lawsuit as its Insurer Bolts

Mon, 2017-08-14 23:42
Denali Advanced Integration of Redmond, Wash., is accused of stealing emails and other information from its former client – Columbia Sportswear Company – in a scheme to win more business from the clothing maker. Denali has denied wrongdoing.

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The Channel Podcast, Episode 3: Passwords

Mon, 2017-08-14 21:55
Complex passwords are out. Breezy phrases are in. In this episode, experts from three different companies share their thoughts on the past, present and future of "logging in."

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AWS Launches New Security and Migration Services at NYC Summit

Mon, 2017-08-14 15:59
Nicole Henderson | Windows IT Pro At a customer event on Monday, AWS announced new cloud services to boost security and ease application migration that are available now.

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Cisco Says it Lost Some Meraki Customer Data... and Other MSP News

Mon, 2017-08-14 11:00
From product releases to perspectives in the field, here's a recap of top headlines from the week of August 7-11.

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What Does the Ideal Password Look Like?

Fri, 2017-08-11 16:54
Research into the perfect password has determined that using a series of four unique, memorable words offers much greater security than a shorter password with letters, numbers and symbols.

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Why Liberal Arts Majors May Take Over the Tech World

Fri, 2017-08-11 15:20
Kris Blackmon | The VAR Guy These experts say that an education in the humanities develops a set of skills that may be more valuable to a tech company than strict STEM-only programs provide.

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AWS No Longer a Holdout, Joins Kubernetes Group

Fri, 2017-08-11 11:28
Christine Hall | Data Center Knowledge Now that the last major public cloud provider has joined CNCF, expect Kubernetes to become the de facto container orchestration standard.

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