Paul Guerin is a serial entrepreneur who has over 25 years of high-tech
experience and channel sales and development.
What are the technology drivers creating the disruption the MSP market?
Nerdio Paul F. Guerin, VP of Sales and Business Development: The ubiquitous
availability of business grade internet, enterprise class colo facilities,
and advancements in virtualization technology coupled with cloud IaaS from
Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (Azure) are changing the way way MSPs deliver
services to the customers in a disruptive way.
Where are managed services going?
Guerin: Historically MSPs derived their revenue from selling hardware and
software and providing the professional service needed to implement business
solutions for their customers. Today, while the MSP market is flourishing,
revenue from those traditional sources is shrinking and all of the growth is
The Pitfalls of Cloud-Washed VDI and How It Affects Your Bottom Line
What is "Cloud-washing" anyway?
Amitabh Sinha, CEO of Workspot: Today, everywhere you turn IT solutions are
moving to the cloud. Or at least, that's what IT vendors would like you to
believe. In many cases, what's really happening is that IT products are being
rebranded and marketed as cloud solutions. In other words, they're being
As TechTarget describes - "Cloud washing (also spelled cloudwashing) is the
purposeful and sometimes deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old
product or service by associating the buzzword "cloud" with it."
While many of these solutions do have some cloud integration, their designs
don't have the backend infrastructure or dedicated management teams to
support a truly cloud-native solution. Instead, vendors are adapting their
solutions and modifying... (more)
Fertile ideas that germinate out of internal collaboration are what will set
your company ahead of the competition.
The era of the open-plan office is over, but that doesn’t mean
collaboration should go by the wayside at your firm. Rather, all
professionals need to develop new ways to make our workplace conducive to
teamwork, through both the physical and technological structures.
Where should your office start? Whether you’re building a space from the
ground up or adapting your current office layout, here are five ideas you can
put to work in your business.
One of the most irritating and distracting features of the open office plan
is the fact that everyone is forced to listen to other people’s
conversations, both on the phone and between coworkers. In some ways, this
was the point of having an open office: We wanted members of the team to talk
to one... (more)
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What APM and NPM Miss in Managing Cloud Performance
To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many
businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and
Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are
essential aids in improving a business's infrastructure required to support
an effective web experience... but they are missing a critical component -
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Internet connectivity has always played a role in customer access to web
presence, but in the past few years use of the Internet in the web experience
has dramatically increased. The broadening use of Cloud Services sources
means that web content is coming to the customer from all over the Internet
in a multitude of paths. Relying solely on Networ... (more)
I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having
said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because
they can only give you answers."
Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would
share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application
pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered.
From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed.
What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX?
Eric Miraglia of Yahoo!
1. (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the
iPhone SDK vs using AJAX?
2. How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to
make it faster?
3. When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for
my rich web apps? Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)
Don't Be Blinded by the Cloud Migration Light
By Joe Michalowski
It wasn't too long ago that cloud computing had more detractors than
supporters. Companies (especially in the enterprise world) just weren't ready
to relinquish control of applications and business processes.
And yet, the light of cloud benefits has slowly drawn the business world in
as SaaS apps and cloud infrastructure become entrenched in IT.
The benefits of cloud migration are great, but you have to be ready for the
challenges that come along as well. Don't be blinded by the cloud migration
Cloud Computing Benefits Continue to Drive Adoption
As digital transformation takes hold across all industries, companies can't
afford to ignore the benefits of cloud migration. And according to a recent
InteropITX/InformationWeek survey, only 1% of companies will make the mistake
of ignoring the cloud in t... (more)
Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer
Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's
data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications,
storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. .
By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server,
Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on
hardware, power, cooling and floor space.
For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers
tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge
And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential
not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive
advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand.
Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical
limitations is... (more)
Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo
Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional
software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets
delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive
technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's
industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength.
The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers
is fast approaching.
Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or
using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet
technologies (see suggested examples below).
Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The
Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)
What is new about Workspot Desktop as a Service 2.0 (DaaS 2.0) on Microsoft
Brad Peterson, VP of Marketing at Workspot: First, Workspot VDI 2.0 is the
industry's first cloud-native, multi-tenant, infinitely scalable VDI
solution, when combined with a customer's datacenter infrastructure, can have
desktops and apps up and available to their users in a day.Now, Workspot DaaS
2.0 is the industry's first full-cloud Desktop as a Service solution
combining Workspot VDI 2.0 with Microsoft Azure to deliver thousands of
desktops in a day, in any part of the world and with zero CapEx.
Are you a DaaS platform provider (a company that supplies the technology but
offers services like on-boarding assistance for an additional fee) or a DaaS
service provider (a company that manages your VDI environment after
deployment as a part of the service)?
Peterson: Workspot is a DaaS... (more)
In the tight economy, front-end engineers and front-end engineering can play
a conspicuous role: good user experience, as the iPhone spectacularly
demonstrates, means good business.
At the 7th International AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo which opened Monday
in New York City, the speaker lineup is as usual dripping with real-world
expertise. The distinguished Speaker Faculty is headlined by Oracle's Ashish
Mohindroo, whose Opening Keynote on "Breaking the Collaboration Barrier with
Rich Enterprise Applications" set the tone for two intense days of breakout
sessions across three parallel tracks.
According to Mohindroo and Oracle, Rich Enterprise Applications (REAs)
promise breakthrough capabilities and services for achieving higher levels of
personal and team productivity throughout your enterprise.
"Consumer web and mobile technologies are setting high standards for wha... (more)
Slide Deck: The True Meaning of the Voice-Enabled Web
Since the initial buzz of WebRTC, the ability to enable browser-to-browser
applications for voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing without
plugins has been touted as a potential game changer for many industries. What
are the parameters around this technology and its placement? Is it secure
enough for prime time? Will WebRTC magnify OTT threat for telcos? Is WebRTC
really that big of a deal for consumers?
In his session at WebRTC Summit, Keith McFarlane, Chief Technology Officer at
LiveOps, discussed the future of WebRTC and its disruptive tendencies,
specifically regarding monetization and customer service.
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At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud
Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of expe... (more)