The VAR Guy - VAR, MSP and Solutions Provider News en Here's the One Trait that is Key to Channel Success <div class="node-body article-body">To understand the journey that led Tony Winter to the channel, we have to travel back in time to the early 1970s.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Leadership Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:25:00 +0000 108851 at Thinkstock Understanding Digital Twins as a Key Part of Digital Transformation <div class="field-byline"> Bill Kleyman | The WHIR </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the really cool parts of the digital revolution has been the work we’ve done to give analog devices a digital footprint. This involves manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, power, and so much more. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Digital Transformation Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:17:00 +0000 108841 at Thinkstock Trump Lashes Out as Intel Chief, Other CEOs Step Down From Council <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">President Donald Trump said the CEOs quitting his advisory council aren’t taking their jobs seriously, again taking aim at some of America’s most visible business leaders as the fallout from a weekend of racially charged violence in Virginia mounts. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Leadership Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:13:00 +0000 108831 at Thinkstock Ask a Security Expert: Security Vendor Tackles Malware Attacks <div class="field-byline"> George Anderson | Webroot </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Firstly, ransomware is a malware attack like any other malware attack.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Security Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:08:00 +0000 108821 at Thinkstock Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing for HPC in Azure <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced the acquisition of Cycle Computing to support customers using High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the cloud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:04:00 +0000 108811 at Thinkstock AWS Launches New Security and Migration Services at NYC Summit <div class="node-body article-body">Two weeks after posting its Q2 results, Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted its AWS Summit New York on Monday, a free event for users designed to educate them about new features.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:01:00 +0000 108801 at AWS MSP Fights Costly Fraud Lawsuit as Its Insurer Bolts <div class="node-body article-body">For Denali Advanced Integration, the stakes couldn’t be higher.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:28:00 +0000 108791 at Denali Advanced Integration The Channel Podcast, Episode 3: Passwords <div class="node-body article-body">Fourteen years after creating the guidelines for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), computer scientist Bill Burr says "never mind." In his esteem—and many others—there are better ways to manage passwords. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcasts Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:00 +0000 108781 at Channel Podcast Zero One: B2B Sales Forces Face Disruption <div class="node-body article-body">Learn how GE, Cisco and IBM are transforming their sales operations to compete in a digital world.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Digital Transformation Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:53:00 +0000 108771 at Thinkstock 7 Tips to Have a More Productive Workday <div class="node-body gallery-body">All too often, we reach the end of the workday and feel frustrated at all we didn't get done. From avalanches of email to endless (often pointless) meetings to the arduous process of making decisions "by committee," the modern workplace can feel like it's designed to keep you from checking things off of your to-do list. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:14:00 +0000 108761 at SpaceX Rocket to Fire Hewlett Packard Supercomputer Into Orbit <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will carry a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. computing system that is designed to last longer and may help pave the way for extended periods of space travel, such as the journey to Mars.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:47:00 +0000 108751 at Thinkstock What Does the Ideal Password Look Like? <div class="node-body article-body">A re-examination has been underway in recent years about the ideal structure for login passwords, the effectiveness of which is more important than ever in an age of ubiquitous cyber attacks.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Security Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:42:00 +0000 108741 at Thinkstock Report: IT Leaders Feel Overwhelmed by Pace of Cloud Development <div class="node-body article-body">As hyperscale cloud vendors continue to introduce new features at a rapid pace, IT leaders worry that they may fall behind, according to a new survey by Commvault and CITO Research released Monday.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:40:00 +0000 108731 at Thinkstock 3 Reasons to Invest in Bitcoin and 3 Reasons to Stay Away <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Bitcoin&#39;s value has increased four fold since the spring -- and you thought the DOW stock market surge was big news. Is now the time to invest your money in Bitcoin? Here&#39;s why you should and why you shouldn&#39;t.</p> <p>Bitcoin, of course, is a blockchain-based cryptocurrency. It&#39;s decentralized, anonymous and global.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Venture Capital Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +0000 108721 at Thinkstock Funding Conditions for U.S. Tech Startups Reach Record High <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There's rarely been a better time for American technology startups.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Venture Capital Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:01:00 +0000 108711 at Thinkstock The Doyle Report: Branding the MSP Organization <div class="node-body article-body">MSPs and other technology consultants are making huge gains by leveraging the marketing support offered by third parties. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:53:00 +0000 108701 at Thinkstock Security Researchers Inject DNA with Malware — But Don’t Panic Yet <div class="node-body article-body">Between startups like 23andMe, makers of an at-home saliva-based DNA kit that promises to help users learn more about their health and family history, and Embark Veterinary, which helps pet owners and breeders learn about ancestry and disease risk of dogs through saliva swabs, DNA testing is having a bit of a moment.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Security Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:46:00 +0000 108691 at <p>Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle call the hack the first DNA-based exploit of a computer system.</p> Getty Images Why Liberal Arts Majors May Take Over the Tech World <div class="node-body article-body">We talk a lot about the rapid pace of change in the tech industry, and how it’s resulting in a skills gap that will be challenging for next-gen workforces to overcome. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Leadership Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:00 +0000 108681 at Thinkstock AWS No Longer a Holdout, Joins Kubernetes Group <div class="field-byline"> Christine Hall </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It's only been two weeks since Microsoft made news by signing up as a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation project and the organization behind the open source container orchestration platform Kubernetes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Data Centers Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:02:00 +0000 108671 at AWS Microsoft Warns Users to be Diligent as Tech Support Scams Get More Sophisticated <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft has been warning users about tech support scams for years, and this week shared how it is seeing these scams continue to evolve by targeting victims through emailed links that lead to tech support scam websites.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Security Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:58:00 +0000 108661 at <p>An example of a tech support scam email.</p> Microsoft Docker Is Said to Be Raising Funding at $1.3 Billion Valuation <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Business software company Docker Inc. is raising fresh funds, valuing the company at $1.3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:40:00 +0000 108651 at Thinkstock Four Technologies that Help MSPs Maintain SLA Guarantees <div class="node-body article-body">Maintaining Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is essential -- especially because clients now have advanced ways of quantifying SLA performance. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Managed Hosting Services Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:22:00 +0000 108641 at Pagerduty Security Central: UK Faces Cybersecurity Fines, NotPetya Strikes Europe <div class="node-body article-body">Organizations in the UK could now face serious consequences for having cracks in their cybersecurity armor. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Security Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:45:00 +0000 108631 at ThinkStock RingCentral Is Said to Hire Adviser After Takeover Interest <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cloud-based software maker RingCentral Inc. is working with an adviser after receiving takeover interest, according to people familiar with the matter.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:58:00 +0000 108621 at Thinkstock The Doyle Report: SaaS Insights: New Research and Observations Shed Light on Market Evolution <div class="node-body article-body">I don’t know about you, but it sure doesn’t feel like the ‘ole dog days of summer to me. Instead, it feels like business is running full steam ahead. Take the SaaS market, for example. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:54:00 +0000 108611 at Thinkstock Five Long-Term Computing Trends that Shape the Way We Run Software <div class="node-body article-body"><p>From distributed computing to on-demand services and modular software environments, certain long-term trends are shaping the way we compute today and will compute tomorrow. Here&#39;s a look.</p> <p>These trends represent broad patterns that have existed in the world of computing for decades. They have slowly manifested themselves in recent years to shape the technology landscape of today. It&#39;s a safe bet that they will continue to influence widespread technology practices going forward.</p> <p>The trends include...</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Open Source Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:16:00 +0000 108581 at Thinkstock Lessons for the Channel in IBM's $128M Judgment <div class="node-body article-body">If you think Monday's court ruling that IBM owes the state of Indiana a whopping $128 million in damages is the end of a long and tired saga, think again.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:35:00 +0000 108601 at Thinkstock Zero One: Got Digital Talent? Probably Not <div class="node-body article-body">In the new digital reality, every company must be a software company. But most can’t recruit the right talent and will look to local channel partners for help.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Digital Transformation Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:14:00 +0000 108591 at Thinkstock ‘HTG Legacy Summit’ to Focus on Passing Your Business to Family <div class="node-body article-body">Just about everyone with an IT services business has given at least some thought to getting out.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Exit Strategies Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:02:00 +0000 108571 at Thinkstock Cisco Says it Lost Some Meraki Customer Data <div class="node-body article-body">A botched configuration change to Cisco’s Meraki object storage has resulted in the loss of any user data that was uploaded during a half-day window last Thursday, the IT equipment and services giant confirmed.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Services Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:58:00 +0000 108561 at Thinkstock