MSP News Roundup! - 9th August 2013

Debbie Thomson

We know it can be difficult to find the time to sit down each day and read up on what’s going on in the MSP industry. That’s why each Friday we will aim to bring you a brief roundup of some of the Industry news you may have missed.

Let’s get started with our first ever MSP News Roundup!


MSPAlliance Gives Back to MSP Community

The week began with great news for those planning to attend this year’s MSPWorld Conference in San Jose; as MSPAlliance have announced its plans to give a $5,000 cash award to a lucky attendee.

Charles Weaver, CEO of MSPAlliance said:

“MSPWorld® has become the premier event for the Cloud and Managed Services community and we owe a large part of our success to our faithful attendees. This cash award is our way of giving back to the MSP community and we are happy that Arrow Electronics, Inc. is the sponsor of this special award.”

Read the full announcement at MSPAlliance.


CompTIA Foundation Celebrates Milestone

Earlier this week MSPmentor brought us the news that CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation is celebrating the first successful year of its apprenticeship program.

The programs goal is to find unemployed workers opportunities in the IT industry through, education, apprenticeships and mentoring and so far, within four months of completing the program 72 percent of graduates have been employed in IT-related positions.

Charles Eaton, CEO of the Foundation, said in a prepared statement:

"The IT-Ready Program is successfully training motivated adults and connecting them with career opportunities that can change their lives. We've developed a model that works."

Read the full article at MSPmentor to find out more.


Office 365 Uptime Figures Revealed

This week also brought us the news (from everyone) that Microsoft has finally released its Office 365 uptime stats, a step which many feel is long overdue. In doing so Microsoft has managed to give skeptics something to think about as the figures revealed that the service has an average uptime of 99.97%.

Microsoft states that its goal is to provide Office 365 Business customers 99.9% availability and promises to publish quarterly uptime numbers through the Office 365 Trust Center.

As we said before everyone has been talking about this news but we first read it at Channelnomics if you want to find out more!


New MSP Competitor Enters the Market

It’s not been all 'good news' stories in the MSP industry this week as we begin to hear rumblings that there’s a new type of competitor in the market – data center operators!

DataBank Ltd, a Dallas-based customer data center and colocation provider made the announcement of its new suite of services last month and it just so happened to include managed services and security services, indicating that MSPs will continue to see an increase in competitors from other markets.

Mike Gentry, DataBank VP of Operations, said in a prepared statement:

"We are responding to customer demand and have moved forward with a number of best-in-class service partners to aid in the delivery of one-stop solution capabilities to enhance our end-user experience."

To find out more about what this means for the MSP industry read the full story over at MSPMentor.


Have you seen any interesting articles we’ve missed this week? Are there any areas of the industry you’d like us to keep an eye on for you? Let us know with a comment below.