Microsoft Playing Catch-Up With Live Mesh
Microsoft is finally recognizing the fundamental ways in which people’s lives and work-styles are changing, and it as a company and its technologies must respond to these changes.
Welcome to the world of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)!
Live Mesh is Microsoft’s attempt to catch up to the Web 2.0 movement which has quickly evolved into an Enterprise 2.0 migration process in which a rapidly growing number of companies of all sizes are shifting their IT strategies from on-premise products to on-demand services.
This trend is being led by Salesforce.com and Google, and being supported by hundreds of other start-ups and established vendors, including Cisco Systems, Dell and EMC.
Salesforce.com and Google’s alliance which produced a new set of integrated services last week is the most recent challenge to Microsoft’s dominance in the workplace.
Cisco Systems has been talking about the melding together of network-centric business processes for … Read More »
Software & System Vendors SaaS-Empower Managed Services
Anyone who follows this blog or the broader on-demand services market is well-aware of the disruptive impact Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is having on the software industry. Now, software and systems vendors are offering SaaS solutions that could have an equally profound affect on the way organizations acquire and manage technology, as well as transform the way vendors and channel companies sell and support technology.
While the managed services has grown steadily, many channel companies have experienced limited success migrating to a managed services model. As I’ve stated in previous blog entries and my other writings, part of the problem is that executives within established channel companies don’t fully understand what it takes to transform their businesses. But, another barrier to success has been the lack of cost-effective tools.
Until recently, many channel companies were unable to successfully transition to a managed services model … Read More »
Business Continuity and Compliance Drive Recent Acquisitions
IBM’s acquisition of Arsenal Digital Solutions is the latest transaction driven by the growing concern among businesses of all sizes that they have to do more to protect their electronic files in order to safeguard against natural disasters and satisfy escalating regulations.
What makes this trend even more interesting is that it has brought greater attention to the fundamental advantages of using a “hosted”, managed service to respond to these business concerns. This has made a widening array of storage, e-discovery and other managed service providers (MSPs) very attractive acquisition targets for an expanding assortment of potential buyers.
Here are a few of the acquisitions which preceeded IBM’s announcement,
Seagate $185 million purchase of EVault
EMC’s $76 million acquisition of Berkeley Data Systems Inc.’s Mozy storage service
Autonomy’s $375 million acquisition of email archiving service provider Zantaz Inc.
A series of acquisitions by Iron Mountain, including … Read More »
Iron Mountain’s Hybrid Strategy to Capitalize on Storage-as-a-Service Opportunity
This week I had an opportunity to attend Iron Mountain’s Analyst Day focused on its digital services strategies and offerings. The event convinced me that Storage-as-a-Service is well on its way to becoming a mainstream movement on par with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), if not greater. It also showed me how a company can build a rational hybrid services model to capitalize on a market opportunity.
The Storage-as-a-Service opportunity may seem obvious given the proliferation of data and multiplying number of consumer-oriented online storage services geared toward consumers looking for a convenient place to place their digital photos and other valuable files. But, the consumer-oriented storage services have also helped to encourage the corporate sector to take advantage of the rapidly growing array of inexpensive back-up services, such as Carbonite and Mozy, to protect their computer records and files.
The explosion of data and … Read More »