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Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments. Channelinsider: Cloud Security: 10 Facts the Channel Should Know
By Gina Roos
Organizations' views about cloud security continue to evolve. Many consider security to be better in cloud versus on-premise environments, according to the findings of a new survey, commissioned by cloud security and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) specialist iland and conducted by Enterprise Management Associates. The survey of 100 IT decision makers and security experts who use cloud infrastructure and/or DRaaS technology in North America reveals that despite using more security tools in the cloud than on premises, IT teams still face risks due to staffing and skills shortages, which makes it difficult to integrate and manage those tools. Channelnomics: Network as a Service profitable opportunity for MSPs
By Scharon Harding
Networking demand is shifting toward a renting, recurring-revenue model because of the dynamism of today's technology. As a result, channel players say offering managed services around connected devices across wired and wireless networks is a significant opportunity for channel partners. Keith Fletcher, COO of MSP Speros, says that he's seeing demand for rental options from the majority of his customers looking to replace ethernet switches. CRN: 10 Hot New Hardware Products For Enterprise IT
By Kyle Alspach
The software-defined data center may be all the rage, but plenty of vendors are proving there's still a place in the business world for innovative hardware -- provided that the hardware is paired with sophisticated software, of course. Last week, CRN took a look at 10 of the newest software products that are changing enterprise IT, and here we'll be doing the same for the world of hardware. What follows are 10 hardware products, all of which have been unveiled since February, that are moving the enterprise data center into the future. CIO Insight: Why IT Needs to Step Up as a Business Partner
By Dennis McCafferty
While most C-level executives believe that IT should serve as a collaborative partner to the business, only a minority said this is actually happening, according to a recent survey from McKinsey & Company. The article, titled "Partnering to Shape the Future—IT's New Imperative," reveals that the IT department is perceived as a consultant to the business instead of assisting with a digital transformation strategy. IT is considered as a simple supplier of tech services. It doesn't help that tech and non-tech leaders disagree about what should serve as top IT priorities. MSPmentor: MSPs Worry Whether Cloud Means Boon or Bust
By Aldrin Brown
Rapid adoption of cloud computing appears to be a seminal event in the IT world, with managed services providers (MSPs) torn about whether to expect new, lucrative revenue models, or watch customers flock to self-service offerings that eliminate the need for third-party providers. That’s the portrait of the industry painted by the 5th annual Trends in Managed Services report, released today by CompTIA, the IT industry’s trade association.
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