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MSPs See Opportunities in Virtual Connectivity for Higher Education and Others

By Tracey E. Schelmetic

One change the global COVID-19 pandemic has wrought – among many – is greater need for virtual connectivity to businesses, government entities, individuals, patients and healthcare providers and students. It’s educational entities that have had to reinvent the way they teach, and students the way they learn. If there are some silver linings in the COVID crisis, it’s been to raise the fortunes of managed service providers (MSPs). In fact, a recent study by Datto, Inc. entitled the “Fourth annual Global State of the MSP Report,” based on a survey of more than 1,800 MSPs around the globe, found that many MSPs are finding many opportunities to grow their business.

Education is one area that is having to make a transition to virtual connectivity, often with the help of MSPs. While education organization’s budgets may not have provided funds for bringing the technologies to enable virtual learning in the past, they’ve had to run to catch up in 2020.

Apogee, a managed services provider solely focused on higher education, recently announced enhancements to its Apogee Managed Campus Services. For the last three years, Apogee managed services have helped campuses improve connectivity, reliability, performance, IT service and support, and financial predictability, freeing administrators from the hassles of equipment and network refreshes and giving them the gift of time to focus on important strategic campus initiatives.

“Connectivity demands on college campuses are increasing in intensity,” said Chuck Brady, CEO of Apogee, in a statement. “The drivers include synchronous and remote learning, the Internet of things, cross-campus video collaboration, and cutting-edge content delivery platforms. Confronted with COVID-19, the get-it-done-now pressure to deliver online learning – not as a convenient alternative but as a critical part of the education experience – has sped from zero to sixty in an instant.”

Apogee Managed Campus Services are flexible and include a core set of services and secondary add-ons to modernize and manage an institution’s network. The services also provide the flexibility to be scaled up or down as project or budget needs require, said the company.

To learn more about how managed service providers (MSPs) can help your education institution or business, make plans to attend MSPEXPO, part of the #TECHSUPERSHOW series. MSPEXPO has been designed to help service providers understand how they can drive more recurring revenue, increase the valuation of their companies, grow their networks and deliver better customer service. It will also help companies looking for MSP partners to understand how MSPs can help them grow. The show will take place from February 9th to 12th, 2021, in Miami Beach, Florida. For more information or to register, visit the show website.  




Edited by Maurice Nagle

MSPToday Contributor

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