CRN Managed Services News

HP Adds Cloud Design To Services Arsenal

HP on Tuesday launched a new Cloud Design Service as part of its Cloud Consulting Services to get clients up to speed with cloud computing.

Staples Dives Into Managed Services With New Division

Data center and printer management solutions are available to all clients, but for SMBs, defined as having between 10 and 250 employees, Staples can serve as a fully managed, outsourced IT department.

Layered Tech Rounds Up $20 Million To Fund Cloud Initiatives

Cloud computing infrastructure and managed services player Layered Technologies has secured funding to grow out its offerings, a sign that the cloud is ready to explode.

Could MSPs Face Sales Tax Audits For Services?

The managed service provider model is being scrutinized by some state tax auditors, calling into question whether MSPs should be paying a sales tax for their services rendered.

Roundup: MSP Platform Vendors Roll Out Upgrades For 2010

Managed service platform vendors Kaseya, LPI Level Platforms, N-able Technologies and Zenith Infotech have big improvements planned for 2010. Here's the inside scoop.

3Tera Launches Cloud Computing Certifications

3Tera has launched a pair of new cloud computing certifications to give solution providers an edge when offering cloud services to customers.

Freeware Vendor Spiceworks Grabs $16 Million In VC Funding

Ad-driven system management platform now used by more than 850,000 IT pros and MSPs, according to Spiceworks.

Dell Plans To Modularize, Automate Services Business With Perot

Dell has finished integrating Perot Systems into its new Dell Services business only three months after it announced its acquisition of the company, and now plans to bring its supply-chain experience to automate the services business.

Rackspace Intros First Channel Program For Hosted, Cloud Services

It took 10 years, but Rackspace has finally introduced its first formal channel program for partners of its dedicated hosted infrastructure services, with a similar program coming soon for its cloud services.

As Yahoo, Google Integrate Twitter Search, Can Microsoft Be Far Behind?

Yahoo's new ability to search through Twitter "tweets" helps it catch up with Google's real-time Twitter search capability, and could give search partner Microsoft a chance to whittle Google's search lead.

Staying Ahead of the Managed Services Curve

New research by Everything Channel reveals that more VARs are going to be offering more managed services and SaaS offerings in 2010. Now is the time to stay ahead of the curve by learning where the biggest services opportunities lie and the best ways to take advantage of them.

Xerox: Automated Document Management Key To Cost Savings

Simple changes to a company's printing and imaging infrastructure and the automation of its document management system can yield significant cost savings, a Xerox executive said at Everything Channel's annual Print & Imaging Summit.

Verizon Business Looks To Ease Cloud Computing Move With New Services

Verizon Business has introduced a series of services and management modules it hopes will ease customers into cloud computing.

Nimsoft Creates Unified Monitoring Alliance for MSPs

The alliance allows customers to benchmark offerings from different companies, said Nimsoft CEO Gary Read.

Intel Launches Text-to-Speech Mobile E-Reader For Disabled

The Intel Reader will be sold through select channel partners at launch.

Gartner: Reforms, Privacy Are Key Healthcare IT Issues

Healthcare reform and privacy concerns will have a big impact in the information technology sector.

Keeping Your Business in Synch with the Shifting Security Paradigm

Here's some good news. Business customers are still making IT security purchases, and they are gravitating towards managed security services and comprehensive security solutions such as Unified Threat Management appliances, according to Everything Channel's 2009 State of Technology: Security survey.

N-able Gives Away $75 Million In Managed Services, Security Licenses

The goal of the free licenses is to expose the majority of SMBs to managed services that they otherwise might not try, said CEO Gavin Garbutt.

Avaya Offers Private Label Managed Services To VARs

Avaya says it's positioning itself as "antidote to Cisco" in services.

Google To Launch Google Editions Online Bookstore With 'Cloud Library'

Google aims to launch Google Editions online bookstore in conjunction with as-yet-unnamed publishers and device manufacturers, and plans to let readers keep their eBooks in a 'cloud library.'