MSP Today Expert Feature
February 02, 2013

Managed Service Provider Week in Review

The managed services space was ablaze with announcements this week, and the ITEXPO (News - Alert) East event in Miami helped fuel all the exciting news. The event focuses on the latest communications technologies, with many exhibitors and participants coming from the managed service provider (MSP) space.

In a major global announcement, NEC India announced it has teamed up with Vaultize, a provider of cloud storage solutions. NEC will provide cloud backup services as well as sharing and mobility applications. The company has built a carrier-grade Cloud Aggregation Platform, which provides telcos and MSPs with the means to offer cloud services to the SME sector.

Commtouch (News - Alert) also announced it had developed and launched its Email Security Software-as-a-Service offering. The solution is designed to help the company's channel partners better market its Security-as-a-Service (SecaaS) solutions. The offering has a zero percent false positive rate for email detection, according to Commtouch, and emails are filtered in the cloud for malware and spam.

This protects partners and users alike, while removes burden from service providers' internal resource usage.

A second Internet Data Center (IDC) has been opened by AT&T (News - Alert) in Tokyo. The expansion is part of the company's efforts to boost hosting capabilities in Japan and the Asia Pacific region, and also signifies AT&T's commitment to expanding its portfolio of managed communications and networking solutions. The center will facilitate access from anywhere in Tokyo, and offers secure IT infrastructure services to enable users to boost productivity and operational efficiencies while lowering costs.

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution from CA Technologies (News - Alert) has been integrated with SAP solutions to address risk and compliance challenges as well as reduce the risk of fraud. The IAM solution uses the business controls platform from Greenlight Technologies and offers real-time exclusion as well as automation of the segregation of duties.

It also provides compliant user provisioning across business applications and IT landscapes through SAP (News - Alert) Access Controls.