5 Trends for MSPs to Watch in 2018

5 Trends for MSPs to Watch in 2018

According to a research by Markets and Markets, it is estimated that the Managed Services market will be worth a whopping $257.84 billion by 2022. This makes a compound annual growth rate of 11.1 percent.

Having said that, newer and more advanced technologies will be introduced and MSPs will need to adapt to them. At the same time, there will be constraints, like budget and implementation of hardware and software. Continue reading

Ahsay Provides Rebranding Solutions to MSPs, Enabling Them to Market Their Backup Services Under Their Own Label

Kowloon, Hong Kong – March 19, 2018: Branding helps MSPs to stand out from their competition, establish market recognition and inculcate trust in their customer-base. Ahsay Systems Corporation, a world leading backup software developer, provides MSPs with the flexibility to rebrand its offered software solutions and market them under their own label, helping them to leverage the power of branding in their business. Continue reading

How Important Is Marketing For MSP Startups?

How Important Is Marketing For MSP Startups

Remember those days when you scoured video stores in your neighborhood to rent your favorite blockbuster? You might still find a few of them across the block in your area, but this business model of renting and purchasing is disappearing, and it’s disappearing fast… thanks to Netflix.

This applies to not only the movie rental industry, but to many other industries as well, especially IT. Continue reading

4 SEO Best Practices that MSPs Should Adopt

4 SEO Best Practices that MSPs Should Adopt

With all the things you have to do as an MSP during the course of a day, it can be easy to overlook your business website.

However, this could mean losing potential business. Your website is your primary lead generation and conversion platform. Ignoring it can lead to potential leaks in your lead capturing system.

And while most of your website’s management—that support your lead generation—remain admittedly static, there are some that keeps changing. Continue reading

State of Cyber Security and How MSPs Might Be Able to Benefit

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According to Fox Business, it is not just large organizations or government agencies that are targets of cyber attacks, small businesses such as e-commerce stores, restaurants, clinics and even colleges are being targeted.

From data breach to malware attacks, small businesses are exposed to a wide variety of security threats.

This has led small companies to increase their budgets on cyber security. According to Business Wire, 46 percent of the companies are increasing budgets by an average of 21 percent. What’s more, according to the same resource, 41 percent of the companies were willing to invest in obtaining security services from Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Continue reading

4 Backup Tests that MSPs Should Regularly Carry Out

ahsay-article-4-1In this digital landscape, you have to understand that a lot of stuff can go wrong. For instance, your hardware might crash or there can be problems in configurations. If you are a managed service provider (MSP), you need to make sure that these instances are minimized.

Just like a performer who constantly needs to update his/her skills, you also need to sharpen your armory. Regularly testing your mechanisms is a great way to ensure that you are providing extraordinary services to your clients.

Here are some tests that MSPs should regularly carry out:

1. Test Backup Functionality

Regularly testing backups ensures that data loss is reduced. The testing you carry out will give you great insights on what might go wrong.

For example, your client might require additional retention points. Before you add these resources to the backup, you should carry out backup tests to check if they work properly. If they do not, you might want to take a different approach.

2. Test the Performance of Your Virtual Machine (VM)

ahsay-article-4-2Here’s how a virtual machine is so important for you: In cases of disaster, the downtime of your client’s servers increases. This would mean that they will not be able to maintain profitability. This is where a virtual machine comes into play. Having a VM will allow your client to continue their operations, while you work on fixing the bigger issue.

From ensuring that it will boot to checking its various applications, make sure that you regularly check the VM.

3. Test Your Disaster Recover Processes

Sometimes, your backup mechanisms might fail to meet your desired expectations. Some reasons of this failure can include unsuitable hardware, ordinary appliances, etc. If you find out that your backup tests are failing for certain types of machines, you might not provide your services for these endpoints.

Having said that, you cannot know in advance what backup service might fail you. This is the reason you should have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. From knowing what time it would take to restore uptime to singling out responsible factors, you should be very well-prepared.

4. Create Simulated Scenarios

Although you cannot predict the severity and timing of data disaster, you can create simulated scenarios to test the reliability of your backup mechanisms.

There are quite a few manual and automated processes for this. However, when conducting these tests, make sure that the data loss or disaster occurs in an isolated, non-production environment.

We at Ahsay are one of the world’s leading backup software vendors. From windows system backup to SQL backup, our comprehensive software allows MSP with incredible options.

Finding The Right Backup Solution For Your MSP Business

As a managed service provider, there is one decision that you are absolutely bound to make: which vendor should you choose to partner with to offer your business clients with the absolute best backup solutions? When making that decision, it is more than just finding a solution provider that offers the right price. It’s about forming a strategic alliance that will promote long-term growth.

The hard fact remains that backup for service provider is no small matter, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. We offer you a guide to ensure that you make the right decision that will boost your business and client satisfaction.

1.     Conduct A Technical Review

In terms of the technical benefits that are offered to you, you need to ask all the tough questions. We’ve listed some of the most pressing ones:

  • Does the solution include service delivery modules?
  • Was the solution specifically designed for MSPs?
  • Is it compatible with various operating systems? If not, can you find backup modules for various systems?
  • Are the solutions reliable enough to provide regulations compliance?
  • Is it flexible enough?

2.     Shortlist The Vendors

Make sure you’re making note of all the features! Create a checklist of what you’re looking for, and cut down the ones who didn’t meet the preliminary requirements. Do not evaluate the vendor simply on the offering, but also on their business model. For instance, the last thing you need is your service provider to compete with you for your clients.

3. Look Up For Reviews!

To accurately gauge the services of a backup service provider, go out in the industry! Who would understand the services better than the very businesses that are using it? The reputation of the business is absolutely vital. Make sure that they’ve established a strong customer base, and prestige as a high quality service provider. Remember, your profitability depends on this. So work with a reputable backup service provider.

4. Understand the Vendor’s offering

It sounds quite simple, but you’d be surprised to know how ambiguous some backup solutions service providers really are. When you visit their website, make sure that every aspect of their offering is well portrayed so that you have a clear idea of the extent of services that they offer.

5. Scalability

And finally, the aspect of growth and flexibility. Will the vendor allow you enough flexibility to increase your offering as your business grows? The MSP industry is attractive, with reasonable growth margins. Make sure you factor in these possibilities, as well!

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