Aldrin Brown


Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.

Machine Learning Gains Momentum in MSP Space
Broad adoption of powerful cloud computing has unleashed innovation in artificial intelligence technologies, and 2017 is poised to be the year that AI and machine learning applications make their way into the hands of the general public.
Symantec Revokes 'Mis-Issued' Certificates
Symantec over the weekend confirmed it revoked a series of web security certificates it says were mistakenly issued by a partner.
Report: Layoffs Underway at Dell Technologies
Report: Layoffs Underway at Dell Technologies
Layoffs are reportedly underway at Dell Technologies, where cuts of redundant supply chain and administrative positions had been anticipated since shortly after the finalization of last year’s record-setting merger between Dell and EMC Inc.
Five Influential People To Watch in the MSP Space for 2017
Five Influential People To Watch in the MSP Space for 2017
In an industry filled with entrepreneurs and other movers and shakers, it’s no easy task to pick just a few who might have a greater impact than most on the fortunes of managed services providers (MSP).
MSPs Must Prepare in Case AWS Managed Services Targets SMBs
The entry of Amazon into managed services is a logical business development that could evolve into a play for managing the IT infrastructure of not just large enterprises, but organizations of all sizes.
AWS Launches Managed Services
Managed services providers (MSP) today are still trying to get their brains around the implications of Amazon Web Services’ announcement that they now offer managed services.
Distribution Watch: A Round Table Discussion with Ingram Micro’s Brain Trust
One of the more fascinating portions of last week’s Ingram Micro ONE fall partner conference in Las Vegas involved a media-only discussion with several of the distributor’s key U.S. leaders.
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Distribution Watch: Pax8 Aims to Streamline Selling of Cloud Services for MSPs
After selling his seven-year-old software company to McAfee in 2009, John Street was – like so many entrepreneurs – looking for a new problem to solve in the IT solution provider space.
UMass to Pay $650K HIPAA Breach Penalty After Trojan Malware Hack
University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a case alleging it failed to properly identify all of its component organizations that would handle electronic protected health information (ePHI) and one of those groups was later hacked, compromising the records of 1,670 people.
New Kaseya Tool Migrates From PSA to PSA in a Week
New Kaseya Tool Migrates From PSA to PSA in a Week 1
Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola has never been one to mince words, particularly when it comes to the products of competitors in the professional services administration (PSA) software space.
Sophos Adds to ‘Next Gen’ Security Tools for MSPs
Security software vendor Sophos competes vigorously across a range of product lines: firewalls, mobile device management, antivirus, endpoint protection.
IT Nation: Arnie Bellini Touts MSP of the Future
In the past, technology services providers have understandably been consumed with the “T” part of “IT.” Going forward, focusing on the “I” will be increasingly important.
Growth Stories: MSPs Take Many Paths to Scale
Growth Stories: MSPs Take Many Paths to Scale
From acquisitions and strategic pivots, to capital investors, following are some unique perspectives from various firms looking for growth in the MSP space.
ISV Atera Rides Wave of SaaS MSP Tools

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When software developerAtera jumped into the market for managed services provider (MSP) toolsets in January, the Tel Aviv-based startup joined a crowded field with dozens of known players already competing for market share.

IT Services Provider Pays $650K HIPAA Breach Fine

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There’s no longer much question about whether federal health authorities are serious about cracking down on technology solutions providers that don’t take cybersecurity seriously.

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