Managed Services

Is Your Infrastructure Costing You Too Much

Article Written by Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic.Net

When you look at the statistics for information technology worldwide, you can understand why getting infrastructure costs down is such a key concern. IT spending worldwide was projected at $3.41 trillion for 2016 by industry analyst Gartner. Computers have simply become increasingly important business tools, and that is backed up by different buying patterns over time. In 1990, 15 million computers were shipped; in 2015, 65 million computers shipped per quarter.

While technology is critical to your success, your organization may still be spending too much on its backend. In this article, we look at the cost of not using cloud, why managed services make sense in 2017, and - most importantly - security as a critical factor in cost-containment.

Cost of not using cloud

 

AHEAD Launches CoPilot, A New Managed Service for the Public Cloud

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AHEAD, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions, announced today the release of its new managed service, CoPilot, which will monitor and optimize public cloud environments. The company officially unveiled CoPilot at AWS re:Invent 2017, as AWS will be the initial focus of the service (AHEAD is exhibiting at Booth #2122).

While there is incredible momentum around public cloud adoption, enterprises often find that the combination of enthusiasm and lack of qualified staff lead to unintended negative consequences. These include spikes in billings from new resources being deployed across their businesses and configuration missteps that can leave companies exposed to potential data breaches.

The CoPilot service delivers reports, dashboards, alerts and benchmarks, and integrates them with guidance from AHEAD cloud experts to provide actionable insights in three areas:

DXC Technology Announces Service Offerings for Microsoft Azure to Enable Digital Transformation in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

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DXC Technology announced new application and managed service offerings for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack that provide a wide range of services to accelerate and efficiently scale digital strategies across both public and private clouds. 

"Enterprises and public sector clients are facing increasing business pressures and regulatory changes that are accelerating the need for flexible, scalable cloud solutions," said Dan Hushon, senior vice president, chief technology officer, DXC Technology. "They need to optimize operations and performance across platforms to decrease costs and increase agility - all while maintaining compliance.

"The services we're announcing today help clients with their Microsoft Azure strategies by providing the specialized tools, methods and skills needed to build, modernize, transform and migrate applications," Hushon continued. "They demonstrate commitment to strengthen our relationship with Microsoft to deliver services for Azure that empower enterprises to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape."

Orange Business Services Strengthens Its International Cloud Strategy with New Public Cloud Services for Multinational Corp

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Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives.

The principal aim of the international cloud strategy is to help multinational corporations (MNCs) migrate their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and ensure that their infrastructure and applications are available in all geographic regions in which they need to be hosted.

The new cloud services will roll out across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017, followed by the US in October 2017. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for 2018.
 

Kaseya Advances Remote Monitoring and Management Through Release of Next-Generation Solution

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses (SMBs), today announced the general availability of Kaseya VSA 9.4, the industry's only second-generation remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. Available both on-premises and in the cloud, the new technology delivers cross platform support for Windows, macOS and Linux, allowing for comprehensive IT systems management across any environment.

The latest release of Kaseya VSA features next-generation innovations developed specifically for advanced MSPs and enterprise IT departments. New features promote policy-based automation with proactive remediation all to increase overall team productivity. The Kaseya automation framework allows companies to securely take charge of their infrastructure by transparently and remotely managing servers, desktops, mobile devices, home-based desktops and network devices -- all from a single central management console. Built on a foundation that promotes the best user technician experience in the industry, Kaseya VSA is the ideal RMM solution for growing IT departments.

New features and functionality in Kaseya VSA 9.4 include:

Avnet Introduces "Recon," Its Innovative Managed Security Service Program

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Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, today launched a managed security service program, known as Recon, for partners in the U.S. and Canada. The new service provides partners with a way to easily offer their customers 24x7x365 security monitoring and management. Recon is designed to enhance partners’ practices and margins in the security and services markets. Partners can offer the service either as their own branded offering through a white-label approach or as an Avnet-branded service.

Security is a high-growth market for IT spending and presents a key opportunity for partners to solve one of their customers’ biggest challenges. According to the Ponemon Institute, the total cost of data breach has increased 29 percent since 2013, with the average data breach costing a company approximately $4 million.

HotLink Launches Cloud-Attach Platform and Managed Services for VMware and AWS Deployments

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HotLink Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for hybrid IT, today announced its new HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform that enables customers to quickly, easily and holistically incorporate public cloud resources into their existing production data centers. The HotLink Cloud-Attach technology offers industry-first capabilities for out-of-the-box interoperability between VMware management infrastructure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) – without adding operational or integration complexity. Additionally, new managed services complement HotLink’s award-winning technology with expert services, so customers can deploy “cloud-attached” data centers efficiently and without public cloud expertise on staff. 

CloudJumper Announces MSP Strategies for Staying Ahead as Telcos Increase Their Presence in Managed Services

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CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced strategies for managed service providers (MSPs) to help in successfully competing against the growing number of telecommunication firms transitioning to managed services. These strategies include activities as simple as expanding one's knowledge base to leveraging innovative product/service licensing models that differentiate the organization against new market entrants. With the right mix of business strategies and solutions, established MSPs can enhance their positions for increased marketshare.

According to a forecast* from independent global analyst firm Ovum, "Telecom service providers will grow their revenues from global services to enterprise customers to more than US$297 billion by 2020. The biggest contribution will come from new strategic ICT services revenues at nearly US$173 billion, which will increase at a CAGR of 9.9% over the period 2015-2020. Telcos overall have taken more than 14 percent of the global ICT services market in the last couple of years, and should reach more than 18 percent by 2020."[ Ovum Research, Telco-Managed Global Services Revenues to Reach US$297 Billion by 2020, http://www.fiercetelecom.com/press-releases/telco-managed-global-services-revenues-reach-us297bn-2020]
 

NaviSite Expands Its Desktop-as-a-Service Portfolio with a Comprehensive Suite of Managed Services

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NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, expanded its Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) portfolio to layer in a comprehensive suite of managed services, all designed to accelerate adoption of cloud desktops and simplify the associated deployment and management. The Managed DaaS Services portfolio includes:

Marketing Managed Services: Are the 4Ps still Relevant in the Cloud Era?

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The 4Ps – Product, Place, Price, and Promotion – are well known by marketers as the fundamental building blocks of marketing mix. While the 4Ps have served consumer marketing well, some have said that a new model is required for marketing B2B services.

Harvard Business Review published the results of comprehensive study and suggested that SAVE – Solution, Access, Value, and Education – is a more appropriate approach for B2B. But in today’s competitive environment, marketing cloud services is challenging, no matter what terms you use...