General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Building A Next-Gen Managed Security Practice

    Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have long served as their customers’ IT security experts. Small- and medium-sized businesses typically do not have the IT expertise or resources in-house, and so rely on their MSPs to provide the high level of IT support they could not create on their own. As the security landscape evolves and becomes more complex, MSPs also find themselves managing multiple vendors for different product areas, from endpoint security, email, disk encryption, network and mobile security, and wireless capabilities.

  2. Everything You Need To Know About The Bare Metal Environment

    Every business has such varied computing requirements that a one-size-fits-all solution is often not sufficient. If we wish to use the power of a computer’s hardware without its host operating system, then it’s perfectly possible to tap into this ‘bare metal’ and put it to good use with a ‘virtual machine’ on it instead. By Jessica Foreman

  3. Security Breaches Aren’t Just About IT

    When you hear about a security breach, you probably think something like, “The IT department must have missed something.” But increasingly, breaches are caused by factors outside of IT’s control. Today, a breach is just as likely to be the result of a devious email or an unwitting employee’s error as a breakdown in IT.

  4. Don’t Miss Out On The Converged Infrastructure Growth Trend

    An IT solution provider discusses a major data center growth trend that every channel IT company should be taking advantage of right now.

  5. How The MX Logic End-of-Life Affects MSPs

    There are many times when VARs and MSPs need to select new products to fulfill client needs. One case in particular occurs when a vendor decides to end a product or service. In light of Intel’s announcement that it will end its MX Logic antispam service on January 11th, 2017, many MSPs are looking for a new email security solution to offer to their clients.

  6. Email Is A Major Security Risk For Small Business

    Hackers and small businesses share one thing: they rely on email. Todays’ cybercriminals are organized and business-minded. They make investments and they expect returns. Some invest in big targets, such as Home Depot and Anthem. Others invest in massive attacks, such as ransomware and botnets.

  7. 3 Tips For How Channel Partners Can Flourish In The Cloud

    These days, making inroads in the cloud is imperative for all channel firms. With the Software as a Service (SaaS) market projected to exceed $112.8 billion by 2019, channel providers need to strategically adapt in order to remain competitive in a market increasingly dominated by the SaaS model.

  8. Why You Should Lead Your Sales Pitch With Endpoint Security

    A common question asked during a job interview is whether or not the employee has an opportunity to work remotely. Not only does it benefit the employee by saving commute time, the employer benefits as there is no additional overhead or potential distraction by other employees in the office. The trend is common and software tools make it easy, but it’s possible there are too many software tools providing such services, thereby raising the level of concern for data security amongst IT professionals.

  9. Fight Social Engineering — Make Your Priceless Data Completely Worthless

    When a new wall goes up, criminals will always search for a door in or a way around. It’s in their nature, and it’s ultimately what fuels them. This is the transition we are witnessing in the cybersecurity space today.

  10. The State Of Cloud

    Cloud is about a decade old now and has seen vast improvements in stability and reliability, with a steady increase on breadth of offerings from IaaS to PaaS to SaaS. Certainly the lion’s share of cloud was taken up by SaaS, but that has changed recently with a definite movement — driven by developers and engineers — to IaaS and PaaS with a focus on creating new apps using services from public providers like Amazon Web Services. By Deirdre Mahon, CMO, Cloud Cruiser