Challenges and Opportunities for MSPs Selling Cloud Services

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, July 12th 2016

If you’re a Managed Service Provider, chances are you’re probably already selling or seriously exploring cloud service options for your customers. SMBs, midsize companies, and enterprises are all aware of what they can get from the cloud by now, so your service options need to keep up, lest they turn towards SaaS options.

Clients will expect you, as an MSP, to be able to transfer their data and applications to a cloud platform and then keep that platform available at all times with right sizing, scaling, and management. Of course, a cloud service provider (CSP) partner is an essential ingredient towards your success (you may even want several partners to offer cloud services around the country). Here are some other tips to help you navigate the challenges of selling the cloud.

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VMware Snapshot Guide: 8 Tips and Tricks

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 6th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

Snapshots are a convenient way to get a “moment in time” copy of your virtual machines. They should not be used as a primary method of backup, as they generally work as a record of changes made—they depend on the original virtual machine in order to roll back. They’re great for testing as they save the virtual machine settings, the state of the virtual disks, and the contents of memory, if you choose.

Snapshots are useful before you make significant configuration changes, upgrades, patches, or new software installations. Any time you’re adding or changing your virtual environment enough to think, “Hmm, I wonder if this will affect my production applications,” it’s probably an opportune moment to take a snapshot.

Here are eight tips to make the most of your snapshots.

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4 Steps to Craft a Security Breach Response Plan

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 30th 2016

SMBs and enterprises are both juicy targets for hackers, and breach reports continue to proliferate at alarming rates. IT departments are constantly scrambling to patch servers, block vulnerabilities, and monitor for suspicious activity, but keeping up can be difficult.

A data breach response policy is an essential piece of planning for Chief Security Officers and should be known and followed all the way down to beginner sysadmins and IT interns. Here are four steps to help you craft a response to a known security breach.

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Upcoming Events: Come Meet Green House Data in Denver, New York, Bellevue, or Florida

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, June 21st 2016

It's conference season and Green House Data will be making an appearance at several industry events around the country this summer. We're also hosting a fresh batch of Lunch & Learn events in Denver and around Washington state.

Find booth numbers, dates, details, and registration links in the full blog post. We hope to see you at one or more events!

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Dollars and Sense: Cloud Benefits for the CFO

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 16th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

How do you present cloud computing - a somewhat nebulous concept - to the financial leadership at your company in order to prove its benefits over the long term? At organizations that have traditionally focused on in-house hardware provisioning, a subscription service can be a hard sell. Opposing arguments range from, “What are we really getting for our money?” to “You're going to spend how much every month, instead of just every couple years?!”

We decided to pick the brain of our VP of Finance, Jason Graf, to see what a financial mind thought about the cloud and how to explain cloud benefits to CFOs and other top financial executives.

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