N-able Hosts Chicago Event

mike_cullen___svp_sales___n_ableThe folks at N-able Technologies have invited me to their next partner event — scheduled for October 19 in Chicago. But I’ll be preparing for our own MuniWireless conference in Santa Clara. The one-day N-able event focuses on strategies for marketing, selling and deploying “technology as a service” solutions. If you’re an N-able partner interesting in more details, you can find them here.

Up to 50 Vendors Set to Earn MSPAlliance Accreditation

celiaMSPAlliance President Charles Weaver spent some time telling me about the organization’s new accreditation program during a conference last month. Sounds like the program is gaining some traction.

So far, eight vendors have received the accreditation, including Asigra, Dell/SilverBack, Do IT Smarter, Intel, LiveCargo, N-able, Untangle and XRoads Networks, according to Web Host Industry News. Roughly 50 vendors are on track to receive the accreditation by the close of 2007, Weaver told WHIN. So what’s the upside for managed service providers? The accreditation appears to offer four clear benefits to MSPs and their customers. Continue reading

Cisco Will Unveil MSP Strategy In October

MSP platform providers can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Cisco Systems Inc. does not — I repeat, does not — plan to introduce a managed services platform. Instead, the company is preparing new pricing models for its products, so that managed service providers can more easily formulate their own pricing models for customers.

Cisco will announce the MSP pricing program in October. Some of the early details about the program popped up on TechIQ on September 12. When pressed about the managed services strategy, Cisco executives said they had no plans to compete with Autotask, N-able, Kaseya, and other MSP platform providers. Also, Cisco has no plans to launch a managed security platform, nor does it plan to compete with the forthcoming Symantec Protection Network.