Hybrid Service Provider Seven Year Forecast

According to the 2017 January ISG Index we will see momentum building as continued public and hybrid cloud offerings ramp and traditional on-premise offerings will feel an impact as spending continues to shift from on-premise to off-premise, and we expect to see double-digit combined hybrid market(s) to start growing in 2017 and continuing to grow for many years to come.

If you are a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and apart of the growing declining market for traditional MSP services or traditional IT Out Sourcing services what is it going to take for you to explore new ways to embrace change, provide more value, scale your offerings, acquire more customers and make more money without allowing your clients to float away to the "cloud"? It's not more complicated than shifting to delivering combined and intelligently integrated offerings which include both Off-Premise and On-Premise solutions to your customers. Illustrated below...

Been saying this for years and finally, in Q4 2016 the data speaks for itself, declining 5% in a growing market. Don't believe me read the data for yourself.  2017 January ISG Index

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by Michael Proper
Utah Technology Council Hall Of Fame Then & Now

Drew Major - was the Lead Architect and Developer of NetWare" was inducted into the Utah Technology Councils Hall of Fame in 2005 as Drew Major was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare for over 15 years. In 1981 Drew and his partners Kyle Powell, Dale Neibaur and Mark Hurst saw the value of enabling PCs to share files and other resources via local area networks (LAN). By 1991 NetWare was the “killer app” that was driving PC and most LAN deployments. Drew was inducted into the National Computer Industry Hall of Fame in 1999. He continues to be a passionate developer of high-performance network server software.

What will the next killer app be? Will it be Cloud-Based (Off-Premise)  or LAN-Based (On-Premies) or a combination (hybrid) of both? And who on this amazing list (from right to left) of industry leaders do you think could lead the next charge? 

Jack Sunderlage - was the CEO of ContentWatch and now is working closely with the CEO to launch a high growth high tech innovative company utilizing multi-use microsensor array technology. 

Michael Proper - was the CEO at DirectPointe (Worlds #1 MSP) and now is the CEO at ClearCenter. 

Richard Nelson - was the President & CEO, Utah Technology Council (UTC) and is currently a Chairman of the Utah'Governor's's Education Commission. 

Drew Major - was the Chief Scientist at Novell and now is the CTO at Dish Digital.

Dr. Homer Warner - was the CIO at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center died on November 30, 2012 in Salt Lake City from complications of pancreatitis.

Orrin Hatch - continues to be the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history.

Mark Hurd - was the CEO at Hewlett-Packard and is now Co-CEO at Oracle.

Greg Butterfield - was the CEO of Altiris which he helped to sell to Symantec and then start SageCreek Partners.

Martin Lewis - was the Managing Partner at Utah Business and is now the Cheif Publisher at Orlando Business Journal...

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by David Politis
Achieve Seamless Interaction Between People & Things Running Domoticz on ClearOS

Domoticz is a lightweight automation system that lets you monitor and configure miscellaneous devices, including lights, switches, various sensors/meters like temperature, rainfall, wind, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, electricity usage/production, gas consumption, water consumption and much more. Notifications/alerts can be sent to any mobile device or viewed via a modular interface. 

Domoticz leverages the XMPP protocol with extensions for IoT (Internet of Things). To manage to get different companies to communicate to each other devices XMPP-IoT is a new initiative from XMPP.org to make interoperability happen. The xmpp protocol is an IoT ecosystem already today, with it being fully open, supporting different business models and with easy integration of devices between the involved companies...

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by Colin Kelly
Sorry, You’re Not A Cloud Services Provider (CSP)

"Thousands of VARs now resell Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, Box and other top 25 SaaS platforms. Quite a few of those resellers have warmly embraced the cloud services provider (CSP) term as their own. But the CSP pretenders won’t be around for long.

When public cloud services began to grab hold, I considered brands like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Windows Azure (which lost the “Windows” moniker in 2014) as the world’s true CSPs. Gradually, I opened my mind to realize CSP services largely involved IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Around the time I left my previous job in mid-2014, quite a few observers were asking me if all MSPs (and some VARs) would somehow transform into CSPs. My answer back then — and today — is absolutely not. Overall, I think the lines between VAR and MSP have largely disappeared. But those MSPs aren’t somehow transforming into the next AWS or Azure. Instead, they’re following Rackspace’s lead and introducing managed services for third-party clouds."...

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by Joe Panettieri
New Years Eve Reminder | ClearOS 5.x Updates Ends Today

Welcome to a new year! Tonight we will be closing the ClearOS 5.x chapter and will be opening the new ClearOS 7.3 verse next week. 

Don't forget security and errata updates are provided for paid versions of ClearOS and you can access ClearCARE Support for 7 years for each respective major release. Details can be found below:

ClearOS 5 End-of-Life (Free) End-of-Life (Paid)
ClearOS 5.1 Enterprise September 2012 September 2012
ClearOS 5.2 Enterprise September 2013 December 2016
ClearOS 6 End-of-Life (Free) End-of-Life (Paid)
ClearOS 6 Community September 2017 -
ClearOS 6 Professional - September 2019
ClearOS 7 End-of-Life (Free) End-of-Life (Paid)
ClearOS 7 Community March 2019 -
ClearOS 7 Home - March 2021
ClearOS 7 Business - March 2021

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by Colin Kelly
2017 ClearCenter Family Appreciation Celebration

Welcome to a new year! Partners and friends, it's that time again, to RSVP and bring your whole family to this year's 2017 ClearCenter Family Appreciation Celebration at the majestic, alpine escape held at the Montage Apex restaurant and Daily's Recreation center in Deer Valley Utah.

  • Date: 01.06.2017
  • Time: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
  • Location: 9100 Marsac Ave Park City, UT 84060
  • Activities: Dinner, Games, Prizes & Fun

Here is a link to review some of this year's fun: https://www.clearcenter.com/pages/2017

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      2016 - The Year The Penguin Jumped Over The Chasm

      As open source software continues to mature and gets adopted by more and more major corporations, it is becoming clear that both the SMB and Enterprise software game has changed and the innovation adoption curve chasm has been crossed. 

      Last month Microsoft announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member and Microsoft was not alone in 2016 many other major corporations such as Wallmart, Samsung, Uber, Spotify, Apollo, Teradata, adopted open source technologies and open standards in a serious way...

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      by Michael Proper
      New App Released on ClearOS 7 Business: Attack Detector
      The Attack Detector app scans your system for authentication failures across various types of services installed on your system. If the failure threshold is reached, the app will block the attacking system. For example, it is a common tactic for spammers to guess a valid username/password combination for sending unsolicited outbound mail. The Attack Detector detects the failed login attempts and actively blocks the spammer.

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      by Colin Kelly
      Wahoo! Six New ClearOS 7 Master Download Mirrors Are Live
      You asked for it! ClearOS now has new master download mirrors in six new geographies including: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, New Zealand, London, Singapore and of course Utah. If you are considering setting up a public mirror site for ClearOS please email mirrors@clearcenter.com for guidelines to make sure that your mirror is consistent with the other mirror sites and new master mirrors.

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      by Colin Kelly
      Top 6 Security Apps For ClearOS

      In less than 4 years mankind has taken the internet, which was built to resist destruction by nuclear weapons and made it vulnerable to IoT devices, such as TV's, web cameras, toasters and much more. 

      As of last Friday (2016/10/21) the world observed a new type of massive terabit-per-second DDoS attack using some of the IoT devices listed above and caused the largest internet blackout in US history. Almost every corner of the web was affected in some way -- streaming services like Spotify, social sites like Twitter and Reddit, and news sites like Wired and Vox appeared offline to large chunks of the eastern seaboard.

      Ever wonder if your new TV sends encrypted traffic every other hour? Or ever wonder if your new video door bell can be seen by others? Or ever wonder if your new webcamera can be used in a massive DDoS attack like the one on Friday? Well here are 6 Security Apps for ClearOS to help you start answering some of these questions and then protect your home and/or business from this new type of threat...

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      by Michael Proper
      Introducing the All-New, ClearBOX 700 Hybrid Smart Clusters
      ClearCenter is pleased to announce its flagship line of ClearBOX Hybrid Smart Servers, configured as a full cluster, failover solution. ClearBOX 700 Hybrid Smart Clusters are designed to give maximum performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness. These servers deliver over one hundred functions for businesses, schools, government institutions and every other environment.

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      by Colin Kelly
      Introducing the All-New, ClearBOX 500 Hybrid Smart Clusters
      ClearCenter is excited to announce the ClearBOX 500 Hybrid Smart Clusters. For the first time, ClearBOX, and the 100+ IT Functions included are now available in a full cluster. This includes all failover functions expected from an enterprise cluster.

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      by Colin Kelly

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