How MSPs Can Help Their Customers Migrate to the Cloud

Businesses are moving to the cloud at an accelerating pace. A recent report from 451 Research indicates that by 2018, 60 percent of all enterprise workloads are expected to be based in the cloud. Yet many companies are still hesitating – not because they doubt the value of the cloud to their businesses, but because they recognize that moving their existing workloads to an entirely new platform is not a trivial task.

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How MSPs Can Offer Managed Private Clouds To Customers

MSPs have built their businesses on offering a suite of standard IT services to their customers. But now many of those customers have begun migrating to the cloud, and taking advantage of the unique services the cloud model offers. That should be a warning flag for traditional MSPs. With much of their customer base moving to the cloud, those MSPs that don’t offer their own set of cloud-based services in a managed private cloud risk being left behind.

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The Sweet Simplicity and Efficiency of the ‘as-a-Service’ Model

Most people think As-a-Service (aaS) is focused on cloud only, but it isn't. There are on-premises storage solutions sold aaS - as well as cloud products. Many people also believe that the primary advantage of aaS or cloud-based services is the cost savings. While there is a significant cost benefit, that is far from being the only (or perhaps even the most compelling) reason to consider aaS. The simplicity and efficiency of the 'as-a-service' model is unlike anything we've seen in the industry thus far. Here are many of the key advantages that make Storage as a Service (STaaS) a winning solution.

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The Why and When of an Industry-Wide Shift to OpEx Everywhere
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The Why and When of an Industry-Wide Shift to OpEx Everywhere

Significant IT expenditures, such as servers, storage arrays, networking equipment and critical software systems have historically found themselves squarely in the CapEx expenditure pile. Capital expenses take longer to get approval, are generally larger and riskier expenditures, and essentially lock the company into a particular IT infrastructure, at least until the lifecycle of the expense is complete and the investment has delivered its expected ROI. But what if all that changed? What if many (potentially all) of those IT investments could be shifted to the OpEx side of the ledger? That's precisely what is happening now. Common "as-a-Service" offerings are IT solutions (both hardware and software, and occasionally a nice mixture of the two) are served up as cost-effective, pay-as-you-go alternatives to large, risky IT expenditures. So, why is there this industry-wide shift to OpEx?

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How On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service Works

By now, most people, especially those in the position to shop for IT products and services, are aware of the "aaS" or "as a Service" offerings. Currently, you can get a wide range of aaS offerings, including infrastructure, platform, application, storage, disaster recovery, database, monitoring, communications, and in case you can't narrow it down: XaaS or "Everything as a Service" (also sometimes called "Anything as a Service"). To date there is no Kitchen Sink as a Service, but stay tuned. Since it's new to the industry, many people wonder how On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service works.

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