Microsoft Azure pricing 101: Tips and tricks

Microsoft Azure, like many other cloud service providers, have built their billing and subscription models on a pay-per-use basis, i.e., if you use one hour of CPU time you pay for the hour you have consumed. No more, no less.

This basic economic principle forms the foundation of most public cloud services. However, the implementation of this simple concept can be quite complex and intricate. This is especially true if the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

The truth about unified communications – and why MSPs can’t ignore it

Some managed service providers are reluctant to offer unified communications because they think it’s a lot of time-consuming deployments for an on-premises VoIP system. Well, we have good news: hosted VoIP is here. With the unified communications as a service (UCaaS) model, it only takes a good internet connection for your clients to start enjoying a stable, cost-effective business phone solution. Making a profit offering unified communications is...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, UnifiedComms.

Six things to keep in mind when shopping for a cloud backup solution

When you’re looking for a cloud backup solution for your business, you’re not just thinking about storing a few files in a remote location. You’re planning your disaster recovery strategy. You want a reliable tool that will store your business data and help you recover it when you need it. The thing is, your data is spread over different types of computers, devices and applications, which makes your strategy more complicated. There are a few things you should keep in mind.

You want a cloud backup...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The three common pitfalls of CRM deployments

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Beware of the fast-talking salesperson with the “simple” solutions. If you’re being told that the solution to your business problems is as easy as 1-2-3, there’s a good chance it’s not. That common principle applies to most tech products, and a Customer Relationship Management tool (CRM) is no exception.

While the cloud has standardised software use by removing what is often the most complicated part of the process — the installation on the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

The top seven KPIs to measure your success in the cloud

 

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You’ve put a lot of effort into building your cloud business and you want to make sure you stay ahead of the competition. You’ve kept a close eye on market trends and you’ve seen there are many ways to measure business performance. But, how much do you really know about Key Performance Indicators and how they affect your business? Did you know that the right KPIs can make the difference between continued success and a slow decline?

You’re probably...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Three essential tips for choosing a cloud partner program

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By Mathieu LeBlanc

If you’ve been selling cloud services for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to make a decent living as an independent. Yes, the demand for cloud services is high, but there’s a lot of other cloud resellers like you who are getting into the game. Recent statistics from MSP Alliance show that managed service providers (MSPs) generated revenue of...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Is cheap and unlimited cloud storage bad news?

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By Simon Langlois

Everyone can agree, storage quotas for cloud services are increasing very quickly. And this means only one thing: cloud storage is getting dirt-cheap. This is nothing new, as organisations have been getting more and more gigabyte (GB) for their buck in the past months. Some of the industry’s biggest cloud players, like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been engaging in a war on storage. Who will include the biggest quota at the lowest price? And who will cut...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Storage.

Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work?

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Disaster recovery - the IT industry’s latest buzz words. Although a popular subject, many of the articles out there are not providing accurate or enough information to demystify the concept. How does one explain disaster recovery to a SMB owner or an organisation’s president without confusing them more than clarifying? Or without boring the hell out of them? Here’s my attempt.

First, there are a few terms you’ll need to acquaint yourself with. Like RTO and...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 February 2015, 5 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

What can MSPs gain from linear growth and recurring revenue?

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By Bernardo Reyes

We’ve reached it, the critical stage between cloud growth and cloud maturity. And there’s no need to deny that with cloud maturity come great opportunities. Just like Uncle Ben said, right? But more seriously, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), how can you be sure that adding the cloud to your organisation now is right? Did you at all consider the cloud as a more...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

The scariest business data horror stories [infographic]

Trick or treat!You’ll be hearing this a lot soon. Halloween may be all about ghosts and goblins, but businesses have much bigger threats to worry about… such as losing the critical business data that’s stored on their employees’ computers and in-house servers.

To put you in the Halloween spirit, we’ve gathered some of these terrifying stats into one spooky infographic. So brace yourself and read at your own risk! But don’t panic! There are solutions that can help protect your business from the terrifying prospect of unwanted...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Infographic.