The MSP market is still growing and now offering more choices to satisfy customers. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Our Best Channel Vendors survey, conducted with statisticians from Penn State, takes a look at the best vendors in Business Continuity/BDR, Data Collection/Mobility, Labeling, ECM Hardware & Software, General Computing, Networking & Security, POS Hardware & Software, Payment Processing, Managed Services, Video Surveillance/Access Control, and VoIP as voted by your peers.
This network security expert earned a multiyear IT consulting project with a medical company by helping the client self-discover its security vulnerabilities.
Four experts weigh in on the most significant security trends anticipated for next year and share advice on how IT solutions providers can best protect their customers.
Channel partnerships, like many relationships, begin with a great deal of enthusiasm. Sometimes it’s a summer fling, other times it leads to long-term commitment, but how do partners know when it’s truly a match made in heaven? As competition in the managed services sector heats up, today’s MSPs know their continued success depends on more than just offering superior services to their clients.
It’s very much still the early stages, but make no mistake about it: the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a permanent, ubiquitous fixture within our everyday lives, providing us a new world of connected and intelligent devices. By Marcio Saito, CTO, Opengear
Cluster computing is achieved by connecting a group of computers in a dedicated network so they can act like a single entity. By J.O.S. Svendsen, Corporate Communications Manager, Milestone Systems
Never before have modern organizations been hungrier for data. Business leaders in a wide variety of market segments seek out information gleaned from network devices and systems to achieve more informed decision-making and make sense of what is occurring at any given time.
Companies are always looking to be on the cutting edge of technology and boast “the next big thing.” Right now, that means cloud computing. In particular, a lot of businesses want hybrid-cloud environments in their organization. According to Blue Coat, three of four enterprise companies are adding cloud-based solutions to supplement their on-premises web, data, and network security deployments.
Founded in 1997 by Erik Nachbahr in his Baltimore basement, Helion Automotive Technologies has quickly grown to be America’s largest outsourced technology provider for auto dealerships. Helion brings considerable brainpower and experience to bear on all things relating to automotive technology. With over 650 dealerships and body shops under management, Helion’s staff is keenly in tune with the unique challenges faced by auto dealers, both technical and operational.
Two years ago, SWAT Systems had had enough of its antivirus software. At the time, the Seattle-based MSP had tried a succession of antivirus products, and not one of them had worked as well as they needed. “The products were not a good fit for us,” recalls David Blake, Chief Technology Officer at SWAT. “Clients’ machines were still getting infected and the products were too resource intensive.”
When selecting an endpoint security partner to augment your product portfolio, it’s important to choose one who understands unique MSP challenges, addresses key pain points, and provides a quality product that reduces costs. At Webroot, we believe next-generation endpoint protection isn’t just about providing superior security against modern malware.
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Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.
Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.
Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.
Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.
The Smart VAR Summit: Age Of Intelligence — IoT, Cloud, & Mobility Convergence, powered by ScanSource, Zebra Technologies, and Business Solutions, was filled with advice for integrators and solutions providers on how to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their clients.
Business Solutions president Jim Roddy interviewed Health IT Outcomes chief editor Ken Congdon at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit on Aug. 11, 2015, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel.
At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions.
At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.