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Live Lesson: Supersize Your MSP Business with Kaseya NOC Services

Network Operations Center (NOC) services are the secret weapon of many a successful MSP. If you haven’t discovered this gem, Kaseya can show you all the benefits and how you can take full advantage in our webinar Best Practices: Learn How To Accelerate Your Growth With Kaseya NOC Services. Continue Reading…

MSP Tightens Passwords, Boosts Revenue with AuthAnvil Multi-Factor Authentication

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Most managed service providers (MSPs) base their core business on managing remote systems through a remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution.

But smart service providers are adding complimentary services on top of this, and multi- and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the more fertile areas.

New Zealand MSP Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) knew its clients were worried about security after hearing about the massive breaches experienced by Target, Anthem, Home Depot, and others. Continue Reading…

Blocking Windows 10 Creators Update and File Explorer Ads

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Not every upgrade is welcome, even if it does provide a bevy of features. Takes Windows 10 Creators Update, which started rolling out to beta testers and will next be delivered to the vast body of Windows 10 users.

This update includes a bunch of new items that will please consumers and gamers, but do far less for enterprise customers. Because of its consumer bent, enterprises may want to block or at least delay this upgrade.

But there is a more compelling reason to say no, according to long time Windows guru Paul Thurrott. Creators Update means your Windows File Explorer could be stuffed with ads. While many of these are for useful Microsoft services such as OneDrive, the technology makes a veritable wave of ads possible. Continue Reading…

IT Service Provider Axians Taps Kaseya Traverse to Manage Client Networks

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IT service providers have a lot on their plates. Axians, based in the Netherlands, is a case in point. This company manages client IT infrastructure, everything from hardware, software – both custom and off the shelf – as well as cloud services and network solutions.

Networks these days are incredibly complex and the lifeblood of modern organizations. That’s a rather obvious point. Just as apparent is that service providers need solutions that can handle this complexity, and manage, troubleshoot and fix on-premises networks, cloud networks and hybrid network infrastructure.

Many IT service providers start with the management of servers and end points, and are now moving clients to cloud applications. With that it makes sense for providers to take care of all aspects of the network, including those pieces that reach out to the cloud and back.

With Kaseya Traverse, now in use at Axians, service providers can create a holistic, aggregate view of these cloud services the way they have a single pane view of on-premises infrastructure. Continue Reading…

The Dynamic and Influential Role of the MSP

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It is not an understatement to say MSPs are changing the world. MSPs are providing IT functions that SMBs can’t reasonably provide for themselves. Thanks to MSPs, these SMBs have IT Operations technologies and processes that rival that of large enterprises. That allows smaller companies to focus on their core business – and not get mired in IT functions that aren’t their core competency. At the same time, MSPs bring clients into the future, allowing them to easily adopt next-generation technologies such as cloud services.

Without MSPs, SMBs would be held back – spending time, money, and resources just to keep their IT operations running, and would not have the ability to embrace new technologies that drive competitive advantage. Continue Reading…

MSPAlliance Touts New Cloud Training Program

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The MSPAlliance has long promoted the notion that service providers should embrace the cloud. In fact, the group’s tagline is “The International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers.”

In particular, the group believes MSPs should embrace authentication services. “We’re seeing a lot of MSPs get into things like identity and access management, a service line that would have been really rare 10 to 15 years ago. But today with cloud that’s a very hot growth sector,” Charles Weaver, CEO of the MSPAlliance told Redmond Channel Partner Magazine. “If you have one of these born-in-the-cloud service providers, the majority of their offerings are resold public cloud applications. Continue Reading…

World Backup Day – Lessons IT Should Impart to their End Users

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Let’s face it – the biggest data losses from hard drive failures happen to consumers who don’t always understand backup and lack the tools or motivation to either do it or do it properly.

IT should care about backup for two reasons. They must train end users who aren’t supported by a backup solution (such as those with a BYOD device) to get and use one, and they must make sure that IT-supported backup systems are set up properly and cover those devices they should cover, ideally 100 percent of company-issued devices.

Most likely, your end users could learn a few lessons from the annual World Backup Day, held the day before April Fool’s Day since 2011. Too many end users simply don’t back up their data and then kick themselves when it’s gone. Or they ask their IT folks to try and get it back – an impossible or expensive task in the case of a total hard drive meltdown. Continue Reading…

Massive iCloud Hack Shows Criticality of Strong Authentication

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Apple has a reputation for building secure systems. The Mac is still far more hack proof than PCs, and the iPhone being a closed system has not been hit with a plethora of malware.

The iCloud had much the same reputation – until this week.

Hackers reportedly successfully compromised millions of iCloud logins. The hackers, dubbed the Turkish Crime Family (but ironically based in London), then demanded Apple given them $100,000 in iTunes cards. This is a takeoff on ransomware. Instead of locking up data and demanding money, the bad guys steal data and want cash for its return. The group has been trying to extort money in return for the log ins from other companies as well. Continue Reading…

MSP Exclusive: John Morris from Spark Alliance Talks About Ditching ConnectWise for Kaseya’s Next Generation PSA

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John Morris is CEO of Spark Alliance, an MSP based in Central California. Morris was a ConnectWise customer before successfully adopting Kaseya BMS.

Recently Morris spoke with MSPmentor about the economic value of BMS based in part on its low pricing, telling the web site “I don’t want to spend more than I need to run my business.” That is only part of the value. Morris also argued the importance of increasing business efficiency and increasing the speed of both closing deals and getting paid after the work is completed.

Kaseya spoke with Morris about the value of the next generation PSA solution and a little bit about what MSP 2.0 means to him. Continue Reading…

CompTIA Predicts Strong IT Growth, Cloud Getting Stronger and Security Not Getting Better

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Channel advocacy group CompTIA tracks the MSP market as well as the overall IT space. News for the latter is good, though the growth is not exactly stunning. One item the group tracks in their annual IT Trends Analysis survey is what they call “Business Confidence”. According to the execs surveyed, the economy is in good shape and IT pros have a positive outlook.

Meanwhile growth is healthy, but nowhere the double digits that characterized the 1980’s and 1990’s. In fact, CompTIA expects 4.1 percent growth globally this year, creating a $3.5 trillion market. Continue Reading…

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