independenceIT Recasts Leadership

By Doug Barney

independenceIT is a pretty cool outfit that MSP Today has been covering for a while, and has had a great experience with all the folks there.

The company not only offers its desktop as a service (DaaS) to MSPs, it makes a concerted effort to educate its partners.

With that, I feel more than justified in personally congratulating the new two top execs on their recent promotions.

Jim Lippie is the new CEO, and Seth Bostock the new president. Lippie leaped from executive VP of business development, and Bostock rose from executive VP of corporate development.

Lippie has some serious MSP chops, having been CEO of Thrive Networks, a service provider he helped sell to Staples.

Jim Lippie and Seth Bostock (l. to r.)

Bostock is the guy who drove the development of the company’s Cloud Workspace Suite DaaS.

Giving up the reigns is Charles ‘Chip’ Buck who becomes CTO. “As co-founder of iIT, a cloud software business that we began in 1999, I am very excited to have Jim Lippie succeed me as CEO. He is the right leader with the energy, vision and experience to drive our company forward,” said Buck.

The DaaS Dance

After more than ten years delivering Desktop as a Service (DaaS), independenceIT recently launched a new version of its Cloud Workspace, a virtual suite that supports Microsoft Office and Exchange and lets service providers and clients get at e-mail, applications and files over a private MPLS network or the Internet.

Many of the enhancements surround deployment. The company claims the tool can be up and running and delivering virtual desktops in mere minutes. The new suite is essentially hypervisor agnostic, working equally well with tools from Microsoft, VMware and Citrix. It works automatically with an array of partner tools, particularly remote monitoring and management (RMM).

Cloud Workspace supports a wider variety of applications. In fact, the vendor claims that more than 400 programs are already pre-virtualized. Once the customer proves they have a valid software license, these apps can be quickly deployed via the suite.

On the administration side, there is a remote interface that works with Microsoft Active Directory to set up access controls and for provisioning. It also now supports screen sharing.

The 451 Research Group sees a bright DaaS future, saying that interest is “at a fever pitch.”

Gartner, meanwhile, sees a nearly $3 billion market emerging as the chart below shows.

Market Size Estimates of $2.9B for Providers

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

MSPToday Editor at Large

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