MSP Today Week in Review


MSP Today Week in Review

By Erin Harrison

Managed Services Providers (MSP) play an integral role in the reliability and dependability of IT services. Through network administration, support and centralized services for end customers, MSPs are able to manage IT for clients – off premise, and for a fraction of the cost. This burgeoning segment of the market is making headlines every day, and MSP Today was there this week to report on all the latest MSP news.

Here are a few highlights:

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider PeakColo has chosen RiverMeadow Software to provide its cloud migration Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to its customers to onboard and migrate between PeakColo cloud environments.

RiverMeadow software is the developer of the RiverMeadow cloud migration SaaS, an automated server migration platform developed for carrier and service provider clouds. The partnership allows PeakColo to make sure the cloud is translated into value for its clients. To read more about the partnership, click here.

App development may be of the biggest parts of the rise of mobile technology and that is why many companies have found that bringing in a private cloud service has proven beneficial in better managing the application life cycle. To that end, CenturyLink has launched the AppGrid service, a private cloud service on the savvisdirect online channel geared to provide that improved management many companies were seeking.

With AppGrid, companies get access to private cloud services available on a month-to-month billing cycle, allowing for maximum utility in the most flexible manner possible. Additionally, since AppGrid is built around the CA AppLogic cloud platform, it's specifically meant to take on heavy workloads, ensuring the best possible performance no matter what level the user is currently operating under. Businesses can not only quickly design their materials, but they can also build them, test them and launch complete production environments throughout the various CenturyLink data centers in North America.

In other MSP Today news, Doug Mohney analyzed Oracle’s purchase of Acme Packet and whether it might lead to its Session Border Controller (SBC) appearing in the cloud as a managed service.

“Oracle certainly has all the pieces necessary to deliver a telecom services cloud. The company already has its ‘Oracle Cloud’ portfolio, offering application services, social media management services, Java and database, storage, messaging, and the ability to offer a private cloud and managed cloud services,” Mohney wrote.

A cloud-based SBC offering might prove particularly appealing for enterprise customers already contemplating a migration from a dedicated PBX/IP PBX with all of its hardware, capital expense and overhead to a cloud solution. Read more about the pending Acme Packet acquisition here.

For more MSP Today news, be sure to visit MSPToday again next week for all the latest developments.

Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

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