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Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.
The Growing Importance of Cloud Service Providers
By Michael Vizard
With more application workloads moving into the cloud, vendors are starting to put greater emphasis on forging partnerships with cloud service providers.
Rather than reselling IT infrastructure based on what a customer may request, most CSPs represent a hybrid between traditional channel partners and
end-user customers. On one hand, CSPs want to be rewarded for the amount of IT infrastructure they can get their customers to consume. At the same time,
however, the cost of supporting that IT infrastructure heavily influences with which vendor a CSP ultimately decides to become partners.
IoT security is lacking and vulnerabilities are easily avoidable, industry group says
By Justine Brown
The use of IoT devices is on the rise, and one way or another they will find their way into the enterprise. Already there are concerns about how many
devices can automatically sync to networks, possibly creating a cybersecurity flaw in a network. Managing and securing the enterprise network will be more
difficult if IT doesn’t have an accurate inventory, according to a recent Gartner report. The research firm recommended that IT organizations identify all
devices and projects connected to the enterprise network and then update their network access policy.
Cloud way ahead of IT infrastructure
By Jessica Meek
IT infrastructure has failed to keep up with the cloud, delegates at Riverbed Disrupt in New York City heard yesterday. Subbu Iyer, SVP and CMO at Riverbed
Technology, told delegates at the event that keeping up with the cloud and digital intiaitives has proven to be a key challenge for the industry. "The
challenge is IT infrastructre for the most part hasn't kept up [with cloud]," Iyer pointed out. "It's all great to talk about these new systems of
engagement to really engage with customers and attract customers in digital ways, [but] IT infrastructure really hasn't kept up.”
How to make hybrid cloud work
By Mary Branscombe
Last year, hybrid cloud was a priority for many enterprises, although with a certain amount of confusion about what it involved. This year, those ambitious
plans are showing up as an approach to hybrid cloud that relies on platform as a service (PaaS) to take full advantage of cloud models. The enterprise view
of hybrid cloud is becoming clearer and more sophisticated than simply using cloud alongside existing on-premises IT, says Adam Warby CEO of managed
services provider Avanade (a Microsoft/Accenture joint venture).
How to Close the Gap Between Tech Goals and Reality
By Samuel Greengard
A remarkable irony of business and IT is that just about everyone knows what's important, but few leaders can fully execute on a plan. Even with magazine
articles, consultant input, conferences, online communities and plain old common sense, the gap between goals and reality is often wider than the Grand
Canyon. A newly released report from Support.com snaps the issue into focus. The company surveyed more than 2,200 consumers and found that dissatisfaction
levels are off the charts.
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