Category Archives for "Managed Services News"

Sep 09

Dell: Organizations Unsure They Can Recover from Ransomware Attacks

By | Managed Services News

Michael Dell describes increase in ransomware attacks as “troubling” as the firm launches new software and managed service.

Organizations are concerned their existing data protection solutions won’t be sufficient to cope with malware and ransomware attacks.

That’s according to the Dell Technologies’ 2021 Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) published Thursday.

The research shows that 62% of firms are concerned their existing data protection measures won’t handle malware and ransomware threats. Meanwhile, 74% agree they have increased exposure to data loss from cyber threats with employees working from home.

Organizations are also managing more than 10 times the amount of data than they did five years ago. The volume has increased from 1.45 petabytes in 2016 to 14.6 petabytes in 2021. Additionally, 82% of respondents are concerned their existing data protection solutions won’t meet all future business challenges.

Yet, more than 30% report data loss in the last year. Nearly half (45%) experienced unplanned system downtime.

“Troubling” Ransomware Attacks

Dell's Michael Dell

Dell’s Michael Dell

Dell Technologies chairman and CEO Michael Dell described the growth in ransomware attacks as “troubling”.

Speaking at an event entitled ‘Protection in the Age of Ransomware’, Dell said customer concerns are heightened for three reasons.

Firstly, he said “many employees are now working from home, and the physical perimeter is now virtual.”

Secondly, he said ransomware attacks “are much more real and tangible than they were even 18 months ago. These are attacks on food supply chains, gas and utilities, every aspect of our everyday lives. It’s hitting closer to home. These attacks are becoming more insidious and moving only from encrypting data to stealing and threatening the release of stolen data.

“A third reason is that it’s the highest ROI crime that bad guys can commit, it’s a multi-billion-dollar business. There’s limited downside, it’s an anonymous crime, and right now there are very few consequences. So, it has particularly devastating results for organisations that are attacked.”

New Software and Managed Services

Dell released the findings to coincide with the launch of new software and managed services offerings.

Adding Transparent Snapshots to Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager gives organizations a new way to help protect their VMware VMs. By simplifying and automating VM image-level backups and requiring less infrastructure, Transparent Snapshots deliver up to five times faster backups. They also provide a five-time reduction in VM latency, helping organizations ensure availability of VM data.

Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances with Smart Scale helps organizations manage multiple data protection appliances at exabyte scale. This allows IT staff to make informed decisions about their capacity needs. Customers can configure multiple appliances as a single pool enabling them to see and manage large data sets in one entity. Dell said firms can maximize resources and save costs with proactive monitoring and simplified management of backup data.

Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery Solution enables MSPs to manage day-to-day cyber recovery vault operations and support recovery activities. These managed services build on Dell’s portfolio of cyber recovery consulting, deployment, and support services.

Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager with Transparent Snapshots will be globally available this quarter at no additional cost to customers with existing maintenance contracts. Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances with Smart Scale is in technology preview today and is expected to be globally available in 1H 2022. Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery Solutions are available globally today.

 

 

 

Sep 09

MSPs Guide to Cloud App Security & Ransomware Prevention

By | Managed Services News

As MSPs’ clients adopt cloud-based enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Google Workspace, Salesforce, Box™, and Dropbox™, security vigilance is more important than ever. While these applications are delivered in a safe manner, MSPs share the responsibility to secure the content that passes through them.

This guide discusses technologies and considerations when evaluating a cloud app security solution as well as tips on how to mitigate modern ransomware attacks.

Brought to you by: 

Trend Micro

Sep 09

Cloud M&A Ramps Up This Week, Led by Accenture, DigitalOcean

By | Managed Services News

Find out which companies they’re buying, and why.

Cloud M&A kicked up a notch this week, led by Accenture and DigitalOcean.

First, Paris-based Accenture is continuing its acquisitions spree with the intent to purchase Benext. Founded in 2014 and based in France, Benext acts as an independent product consulting company. It specializes in product management, agile coaching, cloud-based development and data science.

Accenture is not sharing financial details around its cloud M&A because the companies it’s buying are privately held. But Accenture did say Benext, if the deal goes through, would bring 160 professionals to its Octo Technology division and expand its Accenture Cloud First capabilities.

Accenture Cloud First's Karthik Narain

Cloud First’s Karthik Narain

Karthik Narain is global lead at Accenture Cloud First. “With many clients ramping up their multicloud environments, the need for new agile operating models and a seamless user experience … has never been greater,” he said. “Acquiring Benext would be a valuable addition to help more clients truly operate in the cloud and become digital enterprises. For clients, this ultimately equates to reaching a tipping point of change and pivoting the entirety of their business toward new opportunities.”

Accenture's Olivier Girard

Accenture’s Olivier Girard

Olivier Girard is market unit lead for Accenture France & Benelux. He said that pairing Benext with Accenture “would bring more specialized skills to fulfill the growing demand for effective product management and agile methods.”

An Alliance of Expertise

David Robert, founder and president of Benext, made a similar observation.

Benext's David Robert

Benext’s David Robert

“We are excited about this opportunity based on our history and [it] would accelerate our strategy,” he said. “The combination of our two organizations’ expertise allied with our deep product management expertise would enable us to take the services offered to our clients to a whole new level. Together, we can help clients reimagine their products, re-engineer their product life cycles and optimize their customers’ experiences.”

Accenture has to consult with “relevant work councils” and adhere to customary closing conditions before it can wrap up this round of cloud M&A.

Speaking of, though, the global consultancy now officially owns Wabion. That’s the Google Cloud services boutique it said in July it would buy. Wabion, founded in 2004, focuses on Europe. It maintains headquarters in Esslingen, Germany and Olten, Switzerland. It runs other offices in Munich, Cologne and Lausanne. Wabion delivers consulting and implementation services for Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. It also offers integration, development, licensing and training. This plethora of capabilities will augment Accenture’s own competencies and footprint. Wabion has earned premier status with Google Cloud.

Next Up, DigitalOcean

Meanwhile, DigitalOcean — the fast-moving company gaining market share against the Big 3 — yesterday snapped up Nimbella. DigitalOcean focuses on cloud computing for developers. Nimbella delivers a serverless platform. As such, DigitalOcean will expand into the “function-as-a-service” (FaaS) sector.

Apologies for yet another acronym. FaaS is defined by IBM as “a type of cloud-computing service that allows you to execute code in response to events without the complex infrastructure typically associated with building and launching microservices applications.”

DigitalOcean says adding FaaS will give its developers access to a range of capabilities, including IaaS and PaaS. DigitalOcean targets developers in small and medium businesses. But those experts often face challenges when adopting serverless computing. Nimbella was built to overcome those obstacles, the company says, partly because it builds on open-source Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk.

Yancey Spruill is CEO of DigitalOcean.“Serverless computing is the next evolution of cloud that further removes the need for developers to manage complex infrastructure,” he said. “We are excited to have Nimbella join DigitalOcean to address specific needs often requested by our customers and fill a gap in the current serverless offerings in the market. People want to access the benefits of serverless capabilities without a significant learning curve. And they want functionality and pricing that is easy to understand and predictable.”

A Tremendous Opportunity

Anshu Agarwal, CEO of Nimbella, agreed.

“Our mission has been clear since the beginning — to build a serverless platform that unlocks the power and capabilities of the cloud for developers of all skill sets,” he said. “This in turn allows new applications and APIs to be created faster, more securely and more economically. Joining DigitalOcean provides us a tremendous…

Sep 09

Significant M&A Activity Amongst MSPs Continues in Third Quarter

By | Managed Services News

Recent frenzy of MSP M&A activity saw companies such as The Synetek Group and ​​Netsurit expanding their capabilities.

Managed services mergers and acquisitions have spiked again recently, with at least eight deals disclosed within a few weeks.

Motivated by a range of factors, the deals capture a lot of what we’re seeing in the industry. These include the need for integrated voice technology solutions, greater geographic reach, access to network managed services, and the ability to drive better security solutions.

Click through our gallery above to view the rundown.

Sep 09

MSPs Guide to Cloud App Security & Ransomware Prevention

By | Managed Services News

As MSPs’ clients adopt cloud-based enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Google Workspace, Salesforce, Box™, and Dropbox™, security vigilance is more important than ever. While these applications are delivered in a safe manner, MSPs share the responsibility to secure the content that passes through them.

This guide discusses technologies and considerations when evaluating a cloud app security solution as well as tips on how to mitigate modern ransomware attacks.

Brought to you by: 

Trend Micro

Sep 09

Cloud M&A Ramps Up This Week, Led by Accenture, DigitalOcean

By | Managed Services News

Find out which companies they’re buying, and why.

Cloud M&A kicked up a notch this week, led by Accenture and DigitalOcean.

First, Paris-based Accenture is continuing its acquisitions spree with the intent to purchase Benext. Founded in 2014 and based in France, Benext acts as an independent product consulting company. It specializes in product management, agile coaching, cloud-based development and data science.

Accenture is not sharing financial details around its cloud M&A because the companies it’s buying are privately held. But Accenture did say Benext, if the deal goes through, would bring 160 professionals to its Octo Technology division and expand its Accenture Cloud First capabilities.

Accenture Cloud First's Karthik Narain

Cloud First’s Karthik Narain

Karthik Narain is global lead at Accenture Cloud First. “With many clients ramping up their multicloud environments, the need for new agile operating models and a seamless user experience … has never been greater,” he said. “Acquiring Benext would be a valuable addition to help more clients truly operate in the cloud and become digital enterprises. For clients, this ultimately equates to reaching a tipping point of change and pivoting the entirety of their business toward new opportunities.”

Accenture's Olivier Girard

Accenture’s Olivier Girard

Olivier Girard is market unit lead for Accenture France & Benelux. He said that pairing Benext with Accenture “would bring more specialized skills to fulfill the growing demand for effective product management and agile methods.”

An Alliance of Expertise

David Robert, founder and president of Benext, made a similar observation.

Benext's David Robert

Benext’s David Robert

“We are excited about this opportunity based on our history and [it] would accelerate our strategy,” he said. “The combination of our two organizations’ expertise allied with our deep product management expertise would enable us to take the services offered to our clients to a whole new level. Together, we can help clients reimagine their products, re-engineer their product life cycles and optimize their customers’ experiences.”

Accenture has to consult with “relevant work councils” and adhere to customary closing conditions before it can wrap up this round of cloud M&A.

Speaking of, though, the global consultancy now officially owns Wabion. That’s the Google Cloud services boutique it said in July it would buy. Wabion, founded in 2004, focuses on Europe. It maintains headquarters in Esslingen, Germany and Olten, Switzerland. It runs other offices in Munich, Cologne and Lausanne. Wabion delivers consulting and implementation services for Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. It also offers integration, development, licensing and training. This plethora of capabilities will augment Accenture’s own competencies and footprint. Wabion has earned premier status with Google Cloud.

Next Up, DigitalOcean

Meanwhile, DigitalOcean — the fast-moving company gaining market share against the Big 3 — yesterday snapped up Nimbella. DigitalOcean focuses on cloud computing for developers. Nimbella delivers a serverless platform. As such, DigitalOcean will expand into the “function-as-a-service” (FaaS) sector.

Apologies for yet another acronym. FaaS is defined by IBM as “a type of cloud-computing service that allows you to execute code in response to events without the complex infrastructure typically associated with building and launching microservices applications.”

DigitalOcean says adding FaaS will give its developers access to a range of capabilities, including IaaS and PaaS. DigitalOcean targets developers in small and medium businesses. But those experts often face challenges when adopting serverless computing. Nimbella was built to overcome those obstacles, the company says, partly because it builds on open-source Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk.

Yancey Spruill is CEO of DigitalOcean.“Serverless computing is the next evolution of cloud that further removes the need for developers to manage complex infrastructure,” he said. “We are excited to have Nimbella join DigitalOcean to address specific needs often requested by our customers and fill a gap in the current serverless offerings in the market. People want to access the benefits of serverless capabilities without a significant learning curve. And they want functionality and pricing that is easy to understand and predictable.”

A Tremendous Opportunity

Anshu Agarwal, CEO of Nimbella, agreed.

“Our mission has been clear since the beginning — to build a serverless platform that unlocks the power and capabilities of the cloud for developers of all skill sets,” he said. “This in turn allows new applications and APIs to be created faster, more securely and more economically. Joining DigitalOcean provides us a tremendous…

Sep 09

Significant M&A Activity Amongst MSPs Continues in Third Quarter

By | Managed Services News

Recent frenzy of MSP M&A activity saw companies such as The Synetek Group and ​​Netsurit expanding their capabilities.

Managed services mergers and acquisitions have spiked again recently, with at least eight deals disclosed within a few weeks.

Motivated by a range of factors, the deals capture a lot of what we’re seeing in the industry. These include the need for integrated voice technology solutions, greater geographic reach, access to network managed services, and the ability to drive better security solutions.

Click through our gallery above to view the rundown.

Sep 09

MSPs Guide to Cloud App Security & Ransomware Prevention

By | Managed Services News

As MSPs’ clients adopt cloud-based enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Google Workspace, Salesforce, Box™, and Dropbox™, security vigilance is more important than ever. While these applications are delivered in a safe manner, MSPs share the responsibility to secure the content that passes through them.

This guide discusses technologies and considerations when evaluating a cloud app security solution as well as tips on how to mitigate modern ransomware attacks.

Brought to you by: 

Trend Micro

Sep 09

Cloud M&A Ramps Up This Week, Led by Accenture, DigitalOcean

By | Managed Services News

Find out which companies they’re buying, and why.

Cloud M&A kicked up a notch this week, led by Accenture and DigitalOcean.

First, Paris-based Accenture is continuing its acquisitions spree with the intent to purchase Benext. Founded in 2014 and based in France, Benext acts as an independent product consulting company. It specializes in product management, agile coaching, cloud-based development and data science.

Accenture is not sharing financial details around its cloud M&A because the companies it’s buying are privately held. But Accenture did say Benext, if the deal goes through, would bring 160 professionals to its Octo Technology division and expand its Accenture Cloud First capabilities.

Accenture Cloud First's Karthik Narain

Cloud First’s Karthik Narain

Karthik Narain is global lead at Accenture Cloud First. “With many clients ramping up their multicloud environments, the need for new agile operating models and a seamless user experience … has never been greater,” he said. “Acquiring Benext would be a valuable addition to help more clients truly operate in the cloud and become digital enterprises. For clients, this ultimately equates to reaching a tipping point of change and pivoting the entirety of their business toward new opportunities.”

Accenture's Olivier Girard

Accenture’s Olivier Girard

Olivier Girard is market unit lead for Accenture France & Benelux. He said that pairing Benext with Accenture “would bring more specialized skills to fulfill the growing demand for effective product management and agile methods.”

An Alliance of Expertise

David Robert, founder and president of Benext, made a similar observation.

Benext's David Robert

Benext’s David Robert

“We are excited about this opportunity based on our history and [it] would accelerate our strategy,” he said. “The combination of our two organizations’ expertise allied with our deep product management expertise would enable us to take the services offered to our clients to a whole new level. Together, we can help clients reimagine their products, re-engineer their product life cycles and optimize their customers’ experiences.”

Accenture has to consult with “relevant work councils” and adhere to customary closing conditions before it can wrap up this round of cloud M&A.

Speaking of, though, the global consultancy now officially owns Wabion. That’s the Google Cloud services boutique it said in July it would buy. Wabion, founded in 2004, focuses on Europe. It maintains headquarters in Esslingen, Germany and Olten, Switzerland. It runs other offices in Munich, Cologne and Lausanne. Wabion delivers consulting and implementation services for Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. It also offers integration, development, licensing and training. This plethora of capabilities will augment Accenture’s own competencies and footprint. Wabion has earned premier status with Google Cloud.

Next Up, DigitalOcean

Meanwhile, DigitalOcean — the fast-moving company gaining market share against the Big 3 — yesterday snapped up Nimbella. DigitalOcean focuses on cloud computing for developers. Nimbella delivers a serverless platform. As such, DigitalOcean will expand into the “function-as-a-service” (FaaS) sector.

Apologies for yet another acronym. FaaS is defined by IBM as “a type of cloud-computing service that allows you to execute code in response to events without the complex infrastructure typically associated with building and launching microservices applications.”

DigitalOcean says adding FaaS will give its developers access to a range of capabilities, including IaaS and PaaS. DigitalOcean targets developers in small and medium businesses. But those experts often face challenges when adopting serverless computing. Nimbella was built to overcome those obstacles, the company says, partly because it builds on open-source Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk.

Yancey Spruill is CEO of DigitalOcean.“Serverless computing is the next evolution of cloud that further removes the need for developers to manage complex infrastructure,” he said. “We are excited to have Nimbella join DigitalOcean to address specific needs often requested by our customers and fill a gap in the current serverless offerings in the market. People want to access the benefits of serverless capabilities without a significant learning curve. And they want functionality and pricing that is easy to understand and predictable.”

A Tremendous Opportunity

Anshu Agarwal, CEO of Nimbella, agreed.

“Our mission has been clear since the beginning — to build a serverless platform that unlocks the power and capabilities of the cloud for developers of all skill sets,” he said. “This in turn allows new applications and APIs to be created faster, more securely and more economically. Joining DigitalOcean provides us a tremendous…

Sep 09

Significant M&A Activity Amongst MSPs Continues in Third Quarter

By | Managed Services News

Recent frenzy of MSP M&A activity saw companies such as The Synetek Group and ​​Netsurit expanding their capabilities.

Managed services mergers and acquisitions have spiked again recently, with at least eight deals disclosed within a few weeks.

Motivated by a range of factors, the deals capture a lot of what we’re seeing in the industry. These include the need for integrated voice technology solutions, greater geographic reach, access to network managed services, and the ability to drive better security solutions.

Click through our gallery above to view the rundown.

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